Data Streaming from IoT devices to the cloud

Cloud computing allows companies to store and manage data over cloud platforms, providing scalability in the delivery of applications and Software as a Service (SaaS). Internet of Things (IoT) devices can generate a significant amount of data per second. Cisco estimates that IoT will generate 847 zettabytes per year by 2021.

IoT devices are often sensors that collect data and send it to be processed. In the domain ofIoT, physical sensors are virtualised before the data is uploaded to the cloud.While IoT devices can generate lots of data, cloud computing paves the way for this data to travel. This data enables better workflow for developers, who can store and access data remotely, allowing them to implement projects without delay.

Cloud computing enables the storage and analysis of data to be done quickly and in real-time, allowing enterprises to get the maximum benefit. This is supported by an industry survey from Information Week, where 65% of respondents said that "the ability to quickly meet business demands" was one of the most important reasons why a business should move to a cloud environment.

With cloud computing, organisations do not have to deploy extensive hardware or configure and manage networks and infrastructure. Cloud computing also enables enterprises to scale up the infrastructure, depending on the business needs, without setting up additional hardware and infrastructure. This not only helps speed up the development process but can also cut down on development costs. Half of the CIOs and IT leaders surveyed by Bitglass, a cloud-security company, reported cost savings from using cloud-based applications.

Devices are connected to the cloud through many different methods depending on the device connectivity capabilities. These methods include cellular, satellite, Wi-Fi, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), such as NB-IoT, and direct connection to the Internet via Ethernet. Cellular connectivity offers an excellent choice for uninterrupted data transfer between devices, applications, and the cloud.

Overview of the top-level components

System can be divided into three basic components, the device, gateway, and cloud:

A device includes hardware and software that interact directly with the world. The devices connect to a network that communicates with each other or to centralised applications. Devices can be connected directly or indirectly to the internet.

A gateway allows devices that are not directly connected to the Internet to access cloud services. Although the term gateway has a specific function in networking, it is also used to describe a class of device that processes data on behalf of a group or cluster of devices.

Data from each device is sent to Cloud, where it is processed and combined with data from other devices, and potentially with other business transactional data.

Cellular Connectivity: The Reliable and Secure Choice for IoT Projects 

Cellular technologies have been designed for reliability, security, and scalability. The Cellular Internet ofThings (CIoT), based on 3GPP standards, uses existing infrastructure to provide excellent IoT coverage and a fast time to market.

Cellular IoT projects will include everything from devices to a dedicated SIM card and management platform. The CIoT hardware is always equipped with SIM cards and can connect to networks via2G, 3G, or LTE connectivity, depending on which cell towers are available in the different regions. For example, 2G switch-off has already begun in many parts of the world.

Cellular benefits include:

Coverage: Cellular data coverage today is extensive and growing and has the added benefit of reaching underground spaces, buildings, and rural environments.

Security: End-to-end security is supported and aided by the SIM credentials. This keeps data secure from the device to the cloud. 

Bandwidth: Cellular technologies based on 4G LTE are now as fast as 1 Gbps, with 5G expected to have speeds of up to 10Gbps.

For example, fleet tracking relies on secure coverage across boundaries with no risk of losing connection. To ensure this does not happen, cellular connectivity is better equipped than alternative connectivity methods. For example, NB-IoT is designed for low throughput devices where a delay in communications will not hinder the service. In fleet management, with vehicles driving across borders, it is essential to have a robust and constant connection so that devices can be tracked in real-time.

Process real-time IoT data streams with Azure Stream Analytics

In a real-world scenario, you could have hundreds of these sensors generating events as a stream. Ideally, a gateway device would run code to push these events to Azure Event Hubs or Azure IoT Hubs. Your Stream Analytics job would ingest these events from Event Hubs and run real-time analytics queries against the streams. Then, you could send the results to one of the supported outputs.

Data Migration with The Migration Company (TMC)

The biggest challenge for businesses these days is not just running their operations, but also digitising their data and storing it optimally. Investing wisely to handle the entire data process is crucial and directly related to business success. Often in today's scenario, data is stored on cloud platforms and more companies leverage the capabilities of cloud storage capabilities and move their data from local servers to cloud servers.

The process of moving data from one environment or server to another is called data migration and is an essential business process. Recently, many companies are migrating data from their on-premises servers to cloud platforms due to the advantage that cloud platforms have over on-premises data servers. These projects are in high demand and are crucial to the success of any organisation considering how the engineering and data management landscape has changed over the years.

TMC is a leading data migration company offering tailored solutions to data migration problems, making them unique to each customer.

Why do businesses need efficient and secure Data Migration services?

Partial or incorrect data migration process execution can cost businesses a lot of effort and money and affect the overall functioning of the business. Comparatively an efficient data migration process execution allows businesses to be worry-free and focus on other important operational aspects. With the help of TMC, businesses no longer need to concern about managing their data. Our in-house experts are leading industry professionals with significant years of experience in Data Migration Services. We will help you save money, effort, and time!

How can TMC help businesses?

By designing and deploying tailor-made solutions, TMC helps businesses turn their data into assets. Through a structure and step-by-step approach, TMC provides the right solutions by using the right tools aligned to specific projects. Our teams of expert are highly capable of creating scalable solutions and integrating data with cloud infrastructures. Before migrating the data, TMC undertakes a complete audit of the data. After the audit, any outstanding issues that need to be addressed to protect the data are resolved. The Data Integration process is kick-started integrating the business rules along with other aspects of the solution. The process will follow the best practices and sophisticated project management guidelines, and finally, a detailed analysis report is provided post completion of the Data Integration process execution.

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