The internet as we knew it, a few years back, was being run by humans; the majority of everything that happens over the internet – the messages, the data, the communication was between people. But this is changing gradually; a new category of devices that do not have any communication between humans is beginning to take over the internet. These machines talk to other machines and are just simply being referred to as “Things”.

However, as the need to connect these devices arises, there becomes an increasing demand for a place to store, process and send information within these devices.  With millions of devices connected to the internet, we see an increasing potential of tapping and processing efficiently the data acquired from them.

Cloud computing has become a generally appreciated way of running and developing tech solutions especially the IoT which depends directly on the internet. Cloud platform for IoT brings together the capabilities of cloud platform and IoT devices as service over an end-to-end platform.

There are already plenty of cloud services available for the Internet of Things, many tech companies now capitalize on providing options for deploying IoT applications on the go. Here is a list of the top 5 IoT  cloud platforms that exist today:

1. Amazon Web Services IoT Platform

No matter the kind of cloud-based project you have in mind, the AWS platform guarantees almost a 100% probability of supporting it. Because they have put in a lot of effort into innovation and building features over the years, the AWS platform probably has the most comprehensive set of tools available. The platform supports HTTP, WebSockets and MQTT. Amazon Web Services owned by Amazon allows users to host and manage services on the internet. It gives users much ease with collecting data from internet-connected devices.

The AWS offers a lot of benefits for users of this platform which includes database management, infrastructure management, cloud base data storage solutions, and application transfer. The major features of t his platform are:

  • Authentification and encryption
  • Device management
  • Device shadow
  • Secure gateway for devices

It is open-source and flexible and has good integration with IAAS offering but the AWS platform is not secure for hosting critical enterprise applications and there is a heavy learning curve for AWS. Pricing, however, is a bit on the high side here.


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