App Developers in Highly Connected IoT World Must Take New Tack
Intel also announced new solutions and relationships to boost the IoT ecosystem. Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capgemini, Dell, HCL, NTT DATA, SAP, Tata Consultancy, Wipro and others are joining forces with Intel to develop and deploy solutions using their building blocks on the Intel IoT Platform. These solutions will help provide a repeatable foundation for IoT and free up developers' time to focus on building solutions that address specific customer pain points, Intel said. Intel is also delivering a road map of integrated hardware and software products to support the IoT Platform. Spanning from edge devices out to the cloud, the road map includes API management and service creation software, edge-to-cloud connectivity and analytics, intelligent gateways and a line of scalable IA processors. Security is fundamental to the road map, with both dedicated security products and security features embedded into hardware and software products, the company said. Raine Bergstrom, vice president of Intel's Software and Services group, explained to eWEEK how Web APIs evolved. "We started creating APIs to connect programs to each other. That evolved to Web APIs so you could connect apps across the Internet," he said. "Now what we're releasing is an extension of that around devices. Devices are exposing functionality and data through the APIs. And that API management is what's going to enable us to handle 50 billion devices and 44 zettabytes of data. It's going to be hugely disruptive." Intel's new API and Traffic Management solution uses Intel Mashery solutions to enable the creation of building blocks that make it easy to build software applications. Customers of the Intel IoT Platform have access to the Intel Mashery API management tools to create data APIs that can be shared internally, externally with partners or monetized as revenue-generating data services for customers.
"It typically takes a vendor of Intel's class and stature to solve a problem like IoT," Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group, said in a post on Pund-IT. "Because they have been down this path before, the company can anticipate problems and not just focus on connecting things that weren't designed to be connected to the Web. Intel's is a significant effort by one of the anchor vendors in the technology segment, which should both result in faster and safer IoT implementations. And we need both or we are likely to be screwed."