The Industrial Internet of Things has specialized needs, including the ability to create, process, store, analyze and discard 95 percent of data at edge locations such as wind farms and offshore oil fields.
Wikibon defined these in The Vital Role of Edge Computing for IoT: 2016 Update. In his latest analysis, Wikibon CTO David Floyer examines the offerings of leading hybrid cloud and IIoT providers and finds that no one vendor today is completely adequate, and some prominent cloud players are far behind.
One important caveat is that this analysis applies specifically to hybrid cloud for IIoT, not to hybrid clouds in general. Floyer specifically looks at Amazon Web Services LLC, Google, General Electric Co., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., IBM, Microsoft and VMware Inc. He finds that while some are strong in other areas of cloud and analytics, they have little to offer that’s specific to IIoT.
Of the public cloud providers, Microsoft Azure is the strongest in hybrid IIoT cloud, including security and analytics, but lacks hardware for edge computing, Floyer writes.