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MQTT and LWM2M: choosing the right IoT data protocol

MachNation has engaged many enterprise clients on the topic of IoT data communication protocols. In particular, there is tremendous interest in understanding the nuances of two of the most debated protocols: MQTT and LWM2M. MachNation’s 2018 IoT Device Management ScoreCard noted that almost all IoT device management vendors emphasized the LWM2M data communications protocol in their discussions with us, a tremendous difference from the 2017 ScoreCard when virtually no vendor mentioned LWM2M. In this short article […]

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Updated functional architecture for IoT platforms

MachNation has published an update to our highly demanded IoT platform functional architecture. This publicly available document defines the 8 services categories and 31 microservices required by enterprises in their IoT platforms. IoT platform architecture (Publicly available): Enterprises are using this functional architecture to ensure IoT platform RFXs have the relevant product category questions create their use-case specific IoT solution architectures determine functionality gaps in current their current IoT platform product portfolio No other analyst […]

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Recommendations for enterprises needing high-quality IoT data visualization and dashboarding capabilities

Introduction MachNation has found that very few IoT application enablement platforms (AEPs) provide best-in-class IoT data visualization and dashboarding capabilities. This leaves enterprises and service providers without a way to quickly visualize IoT asset states and associated ingested data using a productized and easily deployed solution. In this short article, we define IoT data visualization and dashboard; provide recommendations for selecting a top-quality solution; and briefly discuss 5 visualization and dashboarding vendors. Definitions According to […]

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Arm just announced the Pelion IoT platform. Will it succeed?

With the announcement of the Pelion IoT Platform, Arm enters an already crowded space. Arm plans to provide data management, device management, and connectivity management using a combination of home-grown and recently acquired technologies including Arm mbed (device management), Treasure Data (data management), and Stream Technologies (connectivity management). The focus will initially be on smart buildings, utilities, and logistics verticals. Our initial thoughts: Arm will find itself in a very competitive landscape. And it needs […]

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Core and Snaps: a Q&A article

Ubuntu Core is a fully managed containerization platform that combined with a marketplace enables an effective and easy method for deploying Snaps to either cloud or on-premises machines. Canonical’s Ubuntu Core and Snaps are important to enterprises as they provide an application-agnostic managed software platform, designed specifically for IoT and similar embedded use cases. In addition, Ubuntu Core and Snaps are important to the IoT ecosystem, because they leverage a well-known technology stack (Linux kernel […]

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