Two New Open Access Books Provide a Roadmap for the Internet of Things
Two new open access books present three years of research on contemporary issues on the Internet of Things and a roadmap on how to best optimise future IT infrastructure to meet the challenges of managing the expectations of end users and their data at an unprecedented scale.
The Internet of Things offers massive societal and economic opportunities while at the same time significant challenges, not least the delivery and management of the technical infrastructure underpinning it, the deluge of data generated from it, ensuring privacy and security, and capturing value from it. “The Cloud-to-Thing Continuum: Opportunities and Challenges in Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing” and “Managing Distributed Cloud Applications and Infrastructure: A Self-Optimising Approach” are two new open access books published by Palgrave-Macmillan based on three years of research from the Horizon 2020-funded RECAP project. The lead editor is Professor Theo Lynn of Dublin City University Business School.
The Cloud-to-Thing Continuum: Opportunities and Challenges in Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing provides a variety of perspectives on how technology innovations such as fog and computing, 5G networks, and distributed intelligence are making us rethink conventional cloud computing to support the Internet of Things. This book discusses both technical and business aspects of the Internet of Things including orchestration, security, privacy, and business value. Contributors include researchers from Ireland, the US, Brazil, and Italy, amongst others.
Managing Distributed Cloud Applications and Infrastructure: A Self-Optimising Approach explores the technical challenges in managing applications and infrastructure across a continuum from the cloud to the edge. The scale and complexity of these challenges are simply so complex that it is no longer realistic for IT teams to manually foresee the potential issues and manage the dynamism and dependencies across an increasing inter-dependent chain of services. This open access book outlines these changes and provides a conceptual reference model for reliable capacity provisioning for distributed clouds and discusses how data analytics and machine learning, application and infrastructure optimization, and simulation can deliver quality of service requirements cost-efficiently in this complex feature space. These are illustrated through a series of case studies in cloud computing, telecommunications, big data analytics, and smart cities. This book was a international collaboration between academic and industrial researchers including contributors from Intel, BT plc, Tieto, and SATEC, amongst others.
“In 2017, Gartner estimated only 8.4 billion things were connected representing just over 0.5% of the total estimated connectable physical objects worldwide. While there is much hype about the Internet of Things, we have yet to reach the tipping point,” said Professor Theo Lynn of Dublin City University and Series Editor. “The Internet of Things is an opportunity worth trillions of dollars. These books provide a timely entrée for higher education educators, researchers and students, industry and policy makers on the technologies that will reshape how society interacts and operates.”
“IOT is a massive opportunity but not without challenges. To address some of these challenges requires unconventional thinking and the solutions will not be found in one discipline or from one sector working in isolation,” commented Anne Sinnott, Deputy President of Dublin City University and Executive Dean of DCU Business School. “These two new books reflect DCU’s strategy of encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative research between industry and academia, in Ireland and beyond. It also underlines DCU’s commitment to Open Access publishing and the importance of reducing the barriers to knowledge so that all boats rise from our investment in world-class research.”
Both books are available for purchase hardback books from leading online book stores including Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Waterstones.com. Digital versions can be downloaded for free at:
The Cloud-to-Thing Continuum
Opportunities and Challenges in Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing
Theo Lynn, Dublin City University, Ireland
John G. Mooney, Pepperdine University, USA
Brian Lee, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
Patricia Takako Endo, Universidade de Pernambuco, Brazil
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