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June 2017, Vol. 6, No. 6

IoT apps and event-driven computing reshape cloud services

Tools are always shaped by their uses. When cloud computing first came on the scene, it was a form of hosted virtualization, and its goal was to look like a bare-metal server. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) shaped the earliest cloud services, and it still dominates public cloud as well as the private cloud software market. Even so, that doesn't mean it's going to be the source of future cloud opportunity. Cloud providers are always strategizing for the future, and their plans reveal an important -- and already underway -- shift. Every major public cloud provider has added services to process events. In particular, providers are adding features to help developers build applications for the internet of things (IoT). Could these be the basis for the most transformational set of applications to come along since the internet itself? IaaS won't work for IoT apps Legacy applications follow a pattern that's decades old: Work comes to the applications that support it. In traditional cloud computing, users pay for the processing ...

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