Story 2014-05-19 3MA Screw you, Cloud Computing. Bring on Fog Computing!

Screw you, Cloud Computing. Bring on Fog Computing!

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story imageIf you've missed the trendwagon for cloud computing, don't worry, it's already passé . Cisco has been thinking deeply about the limitations of the cloud server approach, which for better or for worse still remains just a variation on the classic server-client relationship.
Modern 3G and 4G cellular networks simply aren't fast enough to transmit data from devices to the cloud at the pace it is generated, and as every mundane object at home and at work gets in on this game, it's only going to get worse. Luckily there's an obvious solution: Stop focusing on the cloud, and start figuring out how to store and process the torrent of data being generated by the Internet of Things (also known as the industrial Internet) on the things themselves, or on devices that sit between our things and the Internet.
Marketers at Cisco Systems Inc. have already come up with a name for this phenomenon: fog computing.

Added bonus: clouds bring rain and unhappy weekends. But fog brings vampires .
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Pretty Sure (Score: 1, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-19 19:08 (#1RG)

this was a John Carpenter movie. One could throw in some "gray too" theory for good measure.

Don't trust Cisco to lead the way on anything important. They are not big thinkers over there.

Re: Pretty Sure (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-19 19:09 (#1RH)

Goo. Damn autocorrect.

We've been doing this with servers at home (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-19 23:30 (#1RT)

I think that we've all been doing this for a long time with local-hosted servers at home. Our laptops and mobile devices don't have enough storage on board, so we all have external HDDs or NAS's that we all connect to. Not news, just opportunistic buzzword-bait.

Re: We've been doing this with servers at home (Score: 1)

by on 2014-05-20 06:32 (#1S3)

Everything old is new again. With added bling (read "bloat") for the masses and/or PHBs!

Oh, It's A Raspberry Pi Ripoff (Score: 1, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-20 02:03 (#1RW)

Now that I finally read the freaking article, I see that what they're proposing is local storage AND processing of Internet-Of-Things data. So they've embedded a subset of Raspberry Pi style functionality into some of their low-to-mid-range routers.

I hate to say it, but there's a market opportunity there, for businesses who'd rather not build and string the Pis together themselves. It's basically an offshoot of what people have been doing with the WRTs and similar Linux routers for a VERY long time.

Cisco is playing catchup but also legitimizing this approach, of treating the router as a legitimate computing device...

Screw the fog computing (Score: 2, Funny)

by on 2014-05-20 02:53 (#1RY)

Bring on the mists of Avalon computing.

Just in time (Score: 2, Funny)

by on 2014-05-20 14:06 (#1SK)

This is good news for me as I get older. Now as dementia sets in with people saying "you're in a fog", I can claim I'm just doing my job.

Link Down (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-05-20 17:45 (#1T3)