OK. Quick survey: How many connected devices do you own?
Whether you’re a gadget addict or just an average Josephine, I’m not sticking my neck out too far if I guess that you own more today than you did five years ago. From smartphones and tablets to personal fitness trackers, smart asthma inhalers and smart doorbells, we’re all busily increasing our connectivity year on year – along with our own personal data explosion. According to a recent report, in the last ten years, the global average of connected devices per capita has leapt from less than two to a projected 6.58 by 2020. That’s an awful lot of devices creating an awful lot of data.
Until recently, that data was routinely shipped to the cloud for processing. But as the amount of data and devices increase exponentially, it’s just not practical – not to mention secure or cost-effective – to keep shifting all that data back and forth.
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