x86 network appliance made a splash in the IoT market, but Thursday’s announcement seemed more like a tidal wave.
At the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels unveiled a beta version of the company’s new AWS IoT platform, a managed cloud offering that combines Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon S3, and other AWS services into a single solution for managing, storing, and analyzing IoT device data. AWS IoT connects systems to Amazon’s backend services through an AWS Device Gateway that supports the MQTT and HTTP communications protocols, enabling IoT designers to take advantage of an infrastructure that can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, according to the company. In addition, the AWS IoT platform introduces a technology called “shadowing” in which virtual versions of each connected device are created and stored so that systems with intermittent connectivity can be updated after periods when a network connection is unavailable or turned off to conserve resources. Other features include an embeddable x86 UTM AWS IoT Device SDK; mutual authentication, encryption, and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) security provisions; as well as a rules engine that allows developers to define device data routing, filtering, and x86 network appliance processing using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS IoT APIs, or AWS Management Console.
“The promise of the Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Internet of Things is to make everyday products smarter for consumers, and for businesses to enable better data-driven offerings that weren’t possible before," says Marco Argenti, Vice President, Mobile and IoT, Amazon Web Services. "World-leading organizations like Philips, NASA JPL, and Sonos already use AWS services to support the back-end of their IoT applications. Now, AWS IoT enables a whole ecosystem of manufacturers, service providers, and application developers to easily connect their products to the cloud at scale, take action on the data they collect, and create a new class of applications that interact with the physical world.”
Amazon Web Services offers access to AWS IoT through a developer plan starting at $49 per month, but free accounts are also available that allow basic investigation of the AWS IoT, including an interactive tutorial that demonstrates how to connect “Things” to a message broker, use the rules engine to process and act on data, and read and set device states with “Thing Shadows.” You can access x86 UTM this tutorial at aws.amazon.com/iot, or learn more about the capabilities of Amazon Web Services in the on-demand E-cast “Build versus buy: Benefits of leveraging an existing cloud platform in IoT” at ecast.opensystemsmedia.com/571.