Cisco is looking to wrap more of the Internet of Things in its warm embrace, announcing that it's going to create a Linux-plus-IOS mashup to run IoT apps at the network edge. Designated IOx, the “fog computing” (Cisco's term) operating system is being pitched as a way to deal with data coming from IoT devices. For example, an …
Fog Computing, grr!
Fog computing WAS going to be the catchy name of my defeat all cloud snooping idea.
Basically, your encrypted data is divided up between several cloud providers, so, no one server has it all.
Rather like raid 0.
It would mean an NSA type attack, better known as, walk in the front door and demand everything, would require access to multiple servers, which if you are wise would be scattered around the world, some in China, some Russia and some USA. As they are unlikely to cooperate with each others requests for access, your data will be safe, until hell freezes over, that is.
Re: Fog Computing, grr!
I hope there would be redundant copying (RAID 0+X?) otherwise the unavailability of just one storage provider would mean that you couldn't read/write your multi-fragmented files.
They've been moving in this kind of direction for a while. You can get add-on modules to some router lines which are basically mini x86 computers. Then there's the work on IOS XR to run an IOS like system under the QNX micro kernel.
The only piece of the jigsaw missing is having line interface cards with standard (PCIe/USB) interfaces. Then you can have your Cisco router running as a software process on an x86 server. (Or for Cisco, ideally, their UCS boxes)
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