Dawn Of 2020
Thanks to the internet, the world is inevitably headed to the point where the simplest of the household activities will be motivated by mobility, interconnection, and automation. A vision that can be taken as the working motto for the concept called ‘Internet of Things’. It is almost overwhelming to see the speed at which the world is embracing the potential of IoT in 2020. Both brains and capital are being heavily invested in this ecosystem. Here are a few things that this year can expect from IoT:
- More than 20 billion devices to fall under the umbrella of IoT around the world
- Smarter Cities
- Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will grow more owing to developments in IoT
- More capital investment because of higher interest points across the industries
The Inertia of Things
Before the ‘Internet of Things’ is completely woven into our lives, there are going to be some hurdles that it needs to leap across. Here are a few concerns to look out for:
- Fragmentation of Services: Internet of Things cannot be perceived as a vertically growing phenomenon. The fragmentation of IoT services based on the advances in terms of device standards is inevitable. Maintaining universal adaptability among the multiple nodes and devices whilst ensuring their regular upgrading is a tricky feat.
- Increasing Security Concerns: Unregulated advancements in several connected entities in the IoT architecture are very much likely to leave a lot of vulnerabilities open over time. The integration of upgrades to these entities is liable to raise security flags throughout the system.
- Unwanted Capital flow: Owing to the above two points, there are going to be a lot of post-disaster mitigation expenses which will increase the cost and decrease the productivity for IOT Technology.
These are a few major concerns that might hinder the implementation of IoT on a large scale. Although, there’s something that can help us deal with these problems if not solve them. The famous automation practices for development and operations collectively known as, DevOps
DevOps as the Solution
DevOps, undoubtedly, is the ease of development and operation. It is essentially the automation of agile methodology. When applied to implement the Internet of Things, DevOps can help to manage many concerns to the point of stability. Here are a few features that DevOps can offer the IoT Architecture:
- Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment: This will be essential for ensuring the availability of the latest upgrades for all connected devices despite the fragmentation. Automation of Deployment and Integration is a crucial DevOps process and will ensure the seamless implementation of IoT.
- Support for Cross-Functionality: Cross-functional teams are necessary for timely deliveries of services of any kind. Talking specifically about the Internet of Things, DevOps will handle the cross-functionality to ensure uninterrupted evolution of the IoT services
- IoT Security: DevOps tools for security testing will ensure reduced exposure of the points where the sensor information is exchanged. This will considerably lower security risks.
- Cost-Effectiveness: Due to the enabled automation DevOps will help to reduce the unwanted implementation expenses as well. It will also help with increased productivity by streamlining all the intermittent processes.
The Internet of Challenges
The alliance of DevOps with the Internet of Things is an effective way to guarantee the coherent implementation of the latter to a great extent. Though, certain aspects still are not feasible or, in some cases, even possible for DevOps. For starters, DevOps is effective to implement the software part of IoT, however, upgrading the hardware is still outside its jurisdiction. Here are some more challenges that IOT Technology may pose for DevOps:
- Hardware Compatibility: Even if the system is effectively run by software part more (which should be good news for DevOps) it gets painfully hard to find the perfect balance between hardware compatibility and performance.
- Customized Reports: Customizing reports is fairly easy when all the players are just digital bits. However, when hardware is added to the equation customized reports is not anymore feasible feature.
Fail Fast: The biggest challenge for DevOps while enforcing IoT is the security challenges related to Human lives. The fail-fast strategy that DevOps employs to ensure continuous integration and continuous deployment is not a sensible strategy when there’s a question of survival.
The brilliance of IoT needs the discipline of DevOps for smooth execution. DevOps ensures automation, cost-optimization and secure delivery of the IoT services. Originating from different times and necessities, they are bound to have a few incompatible aspects that will collide now and then. Nevertheless, their coalition is symbiotic and unavoidable. These are two great technologies that 2020 needs to welcome with open arms. It is vital for the Development of the Internet. It is inspiring for the Operation of the Things.