After Storage in Cloud, it is turn of the Fog

By CIOReview | Monday, May 19, 2014

Fermont,CA: Getting data into and out of the cloud is harder than most engineers, or at least their managers, often willing to admit. This harsh reality was brought forward by The Wall Street Journal as they say, although cloud advocates are fond of declaring that 100 percent of computing will someday reside in the cloud, there will be problems.

According to the report, the problem lies in bandwidth. If a company simply wants to save the cost and pain of storing data themselves, the cloud is great place until used for transfer of data back and forth via high-speed wiring. But in the world of mass connectivity—where people need to get information on an array of mobile devices—bandwidth is pretty slow.

Based on the report, the marketers at Cisco Systems have already come up with a name for this phenomenon called fog computing. “Whereas the cloud is ‘up there’ in the sky somewhere, distant and remote and deliberately abstracted, the "fog" is close to the ground, right where things are getting done,” says Cisco.

IBM executive Paul Brody said, “International Business Machines has a similar initiative to push computing out to the edge and turn the traditional, cloud-based internet inside out. Just as the cloud physically consists of servers harnessed together, in IBM's research project, the fog consists of all the computers that are already around us, tied together. The bottom line is, we just have too much data. And we're just getting started.”

Finally, the experts suggest the future of much enterprise computing remains in the cloud, but the really transformative computing of the future? It's going to happen right here, in the objects that surround us—in the fog.