The weekend review: the internet of things defined, PaaS, and the NSA

It was another big week for the cloud on GigaOM Research, as we wrapped up our sixth annual Structure conference in San Francisco. If you missed the two-day show, which featured conversations and workshops with some of the most innovative thinkers in infrastructure and cloud computing, be sure to catch up with the full Structure 2013 live blog coverage from our colleagues over at GigaOM. This week’s most popular research content includes multiple perspectives on the cloud: its role in the internet of things and in enterprise IT and how it relates to national security.

First, in “The internet of things: a market landscape,” Jon Collins dives into the emerging internet of things (IoT) market, which is still in its growth and evolution phase. In fact, IoT lacks a standard definition of the technology, standards, and protocol involved. In its current form, IoT typically refers to physical objects — everything from lamps to beer bottles to cars — that are connected to the internet and can broadcast information about their state and can be signaled to take action in one form or another. Collins takes a look at the technologies that have converged to drive the IoT movement, such as the sensor market and the growth of the cloud and big data, and he provides a deep technical overview of the actual companies, components, and services that compose the nascent IoT market. He also reviews early-adoption scenarios and challenges, and he provides a near-term outlook for market trends and longer-term takeaways and market implications.

Next, in “Private PaaS: the next generation platform for enterprises,” David Linthicum provides a field guide for businesses that are considering PaaS as an enterprise IT strategy. Linthicum provides an introductory market overview and data to make a business case for PaaS, as well as case studies from JP Morgan, Diebold, and AmerisourceBergen. He continues with a step-by-step guide to evaluating PaaS technology (weighing both public and private PaaS deployments) and closes with calls to action for identifying an effective and efficient way to design, build, test, and deploy business applications.

Last, David Linthicum weighs in on the latest headlines in “The NSA scandal’s relevance to the use of public cloud-based platforms.” Diving into the news that the National Security Agency has been collecting extensive customer call data from Verizon and other cellular network providers, Linthicum looks at the implications that may lie ahead for public cloud providers. While the current PRISM scandal does not have an immediate impact on U.S. cloud providers, Linthicum outlines a few concerns for companies that provide enterprise IT services as well as those with overseas customers.

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