The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming a part of people’s daily lives as more and more devices connect to one another, exchange data, and process it to address certain issues. Users only have access to the “tip of the iceberg” of IoT systems, which are considerably bigger than we can even comprehend. These processes involve gathering data, converting it into the proper format, processing it to extract meanings, transferring and storing information, stressing particular qualities, utilizing complicated algorithms, and finally producing the end product that ends users can understand and use. Because of the infrastructure complexity of contemporary Internet movements, it is nearly difficult to develop it without using an IoT cloud platform.
What is a cloud platform?
Imagine moving all your computer hardware, software, database, and applications from your physical office to a more secure site and they are delivered to you over the internet. This is the definition of cloud computing in its simplest form. To speak a little more technically, the cloud is the provision of computing services over the internet (cloud) to provide easy access to your data, instead of using a local server or a personal computer to store, manage and process your data. Because cloud-based services are provided over the internet, users do not need to have independent computing infrastructure and data centers. As long as there is an existing internet connection, users can access online services via the cloud. Cloud services are also on-demand services where you only pay for the resources you use in a given period. This helps you lower your operating costs and run your infrastructure more efficiently.
As you can see in the figure below, there are many cloud platform providers on the market.
Pie Chart for market share shows that the leaders in cloud platforms for IoT are AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Therefore, we’ll take a look at what the three main providers can offer for businesses and developers with a table comparison.