We believe this is currently the best approach to implementing IoT. Cloud-based systems like Microsoft’s Azure IoT Hub provides the bi-directional communication with IoT devices, authentication, device security and management. Flowgear handles the integration from the hub to enterprise applications and other data requirements.
As an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Flowgear is designed to run at a much higher cadence than an ESB, and because it is built for the cloud, does not come with legacy infrastructure baggage.
Choosing Flowgear as the integration engine for an IoT project
Peace of mind
You cannot talk about cloud computing without talking about security, particularly when focused on the topic of integration. Data is a company’s most important asset and needs to be protected when at rest or in transit. In the cloud, companies start communicating outside of their firewalls and deal with a number of different vendors. How confident are you in those vendors’ security systems? Flowgear’s entire delivery mechanism has been encrypted from day one so you can be sure your data is secure both inside and outside the firewall.
Data control and easy compliance
Businesses are subject to a number of pieces of legislation pertaining to data sovereignty, security and storage. Complying with all of these regulations becomes difficult when dealing with many different vendors. The Metadata Gravity Engine within Flowgear allows you to tag data to ensure it stays where it’s meant to stay.
Encrypted data movement
How you get data in and out of the organisation is also crucial. When working in the cloud, you’re dealing with a number of external services and you may not know who is running those services or how they are secured. Flowgear’s DropPoint software agent sits on premise and encrypts outgoing data without compromising the integrity of the firewall.
Everything needs to be auditable these days, especially if companies are to comply with the abovementioned data legislation. Businesses need to be able to account for their data, including who accessed it and what changes were made to data sets. Flowgear allows you to do this and provides granular recordkeeping of activities without putting the data at risk.
Benefits of multi-tenancy
The cloud is ultimately a community of best-of-breed providers, allowing businesses to choose which solutions they want to use from a host of different providers. The same is happening in the integration space.
Flowgear offers an agile way of building integrations that allow businesses to securely and confidently integrate applications and move data around.