Embedded Insiders Podcast: AWS Greengrass: Are OT Device Management Pastures Getting Greener?

By Rich Nass

Executive Vice President

Embedded Computing Design

June 12, 2017

Embedded Insiders Podcast: AWS Greengrass: Are OT Device Management Pastures Getting Greener?

As IT and OT players stake out their claims in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) landscape, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and partner Ayla Networks are deploying a technology called AWS...

As IT and OT players stake out their claims in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) landscape, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and partner Ayla Networks are deploying a technology called AWS Greengrass that brings a subset of cloud security, management, and provisioning technology to the gateway level. The goal, of course, is to provide more intelligence closer to the edge of IIoT networks, but the announcement raises two significant questions: 1) Why would Amazon, a company with revenues derived mostly from cloud-based transactions, want to potentially cut off a portion of their business? 2) Do operational technologists have something to fear as IT behemoths push further down the IoT technology stack?

In this week’s Embedded Insider’s podcast, Rich Nass, EVP of Embedded Computing Design and Brandon Lewis, Technology Editor for Embedded Computing Design, pose these questions to Bill Podrasky, VP of Business Development at Ayla Networks. See if the grass is getting greener for IoT device management by listening below.

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Richard Nass’ key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OSM’s ECD portfolio, including digital, print, and live events. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for Design News. Prior, he led the content team for UBM’s Medical Devices Group, and all custom properties and events. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 30 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, Embedded.com, and TechOnLine. Nass holds a BSEE degree from NJIT.

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