SONM Fog Computing use Cases
We have discussed the opportunities represented by fog computing over the course of several blog posts now. No longer relying on intermediaries, ensuring data is safe, and providing scalable solutions are some of the primary benefits. However, now would be a good time to touch upon some of the possible use cases for fog computing.
Hosting Websites With Fog Computing
One of the most prominent use cases for fog computing is hosting websites. Although a lot of people may argue there are plenty of ways to host a website already, fog computing does this a bit differently. Under the traditional services banner, one would buy a hosting package and computational resources from a centralized provider.
What very few people seem to realize is how hosting providers often rent this computational power from other third-party providers. This means all of the data stored is going through the hands of multiple different entities. In the long run, this can compromise website data and expose the platform to attacks. Fog computing does things differently, as it embraces the decentralized business model.
Thanks to fog technology, all of these concerns can be alleviated without friction. In fact, everyone who is using the alpha version of the SONM platform can host their own website and switch over to a decentralized solution with ease. It is an option well worth checking out. Moreover, small businesses can benefit from this offering as well. SONM also aims to cater toward large ventures, who can make use of a custom decentralized API.
CGI And Graphics Rendering
Another potential sue case for fog computing comes in the form of CGI and graphics rendering. Instead of outsourcing such project to third-party centralized cloud service providers, using the computational powers of all nearby devices is a far better solution. Moreover, it means the job can be done a lot quicker, as the data does not have to be transported to a remote server in a foreign location.
Besides the security and time benefits, fog computing also provides a solution at a much lower cost. Centralized cloud computing for heavy-duty tasks such as these can become incredibly expensive pretty quickly. Using SONM’s business models, the costs will be kept to a minimum, while still using a service that can scale to suit any needs. Moreover, all parties can agree on a contract for a specific duration — a few hours, for example — instead of weekly, monthly, and yearly service subscriptions. It is an on-demand computational solution everyone can reap the benefits from.
Applications and Games
Perhaps the biggest use case for SONM’s fog computing comes in the form of creating backends for [mobile] applications. All applications need to rely on some form of backbone to collect and transmit data, as well as alert the developer of any potential issues. A centrally hosted backbone can be taken offline by hackers with relative ease. In the world of fog computing, there is no centralized hosting provider, which adds more security.
Additionally, it is also possible to develop app hosting services by using the SONM computation power. Such a platform provides a scalable on-demand power solutions for individual applications. SONM could eventually power an entire social network by using a decentralized business model. In fact, one could even host video game servers on SONM’s platform without any problems.
To be more specific, multiplayer games can easily run on SONM servers. This also goes for any other type of AAA game with an online component. Tournaments and competitions will no longer require a central server, but use fog computing instead. In the future SONM is confident VR and AR games — both of which are resource-intensive — will find their way to the world of fog computing as well
Streaming Services for Video and Audio
In the perfect world, video and audio streaming service providers would not run their business on cloud servers either. Unfortunately, it seems like the vast majority of them do exactly that. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Pandora are just a few of the companies relying on a centralized infrastructure. This presents a big target for hackers and other criminals, even though an alternative solution is available to them right now.
Fog computing offers a great alternative solution in this regard. Loading HD video streams will be done faster and without the need of relying on centralized entities. Moreover, SONM could solve any buffering issues associated with streaming content today. After all, the network provides much higher bandwidth compared to what centralized providers can offer right now.
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