4. The Internet of things is a cloud thing. The drumbeat started last April when the VMware spin-off Pivotal launched as a next-generation PaaS backed in part by $105 million investment by GE, which is busily embedding millions of sensors across a broad swatch of industrial products. A key component of the platform is the GemFire event processing software meant to handle telemetry from all those sensors. In November, Amazon added its Kinesis service and Salesforce announced its Salesforce1 integration platform, both of which can be used for similar purposes.
Though these five takeaways rose to the top, others surfaced: For example, the fact that we are hurtling toward software-defined infrastructure, which already powers the big cloud service providers and will eventually reach a private cloud near you. The vital importance of cloud identity management and cloud integration became more clear, as did the fact that the private cloud remains very hard work for internal IT to pull off. And despite NSA snooping, fears about public cloud security and availability are abating. Like it or not, you're living in the cloud era.
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