Moving from central to the edge: Is cloud decentralisation inevitable?

Published on Information Age (June 1st, 2018)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, disrupting every industry and many aspects of our daily lives. Devices and appliances that were not connected (from fridges and thermostats to cars and watches) are now equipped with sensors, processors, and connectivity.

It is obvious that IoT will continue to grow exponentially over the coming years. Gartner predicts that, in the not so distant future, almost all things will eventually be connected to the internet: by 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.

IDC also forecasts an astonishing growth for IoT as enterprises become increasingly eager to take advantage of its benefits. According to a recent IDC study, worldwide spending on IoT will reach $772.5 billion in 2018 and will top $1.1 trillion in 2021…..

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Will decentralisation help bring Silicon Valley back to its roots?

Published on Information Age (May 3rd, 2018)

Has Silicon Valley lost its edge? The old Silicon Valley quest for solving real-world problems through technology has turned into a quest for creating unicorns, most of which have little impact on solving real world problems—according to Siavash Alamouti, CEO, mimik.

Silicon Valley has an incredible collective of people working as a community to invent, develop and commercialise new technologies to change people’s lives for the better…..

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Blending the power of cloud and edge computing for a decentralised future

Published on Business Computing World BCW (February 13th, 2018)

By Fay Arjomandi (mimik co-founder)

It is anticipated that by 2020, over 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. In other words, there will soon be too many devices generating too much data for central cloud to operate efficiently. Future demand will be immense. Bandwidth, efficiency and latency will be big challenges.

Thankfully, instead of deploying new infrastructure, we can take advantage of the ever-increasing computing capabilities of edge devices (mobile phones, PCs, tablets, game consoles, set-top-boxes, home gateways, IoT devices, etc.). Most of these devices (hereby referred to as nodes) are under-utilised except for perhaps a few hours in the day.

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Limiting Net Neutrality is a threat to Internet innovation

Siavash Alamouti, President & CEO at mimik

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Open internet has come under attack. FCC’s recent decision to roll back net neutrality protections makes communications networks in the US more vulnerable to abuse. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can control the content and applications used on the internet, endangering the web as an open platform to access and share information for everyone, everywhere. Equal treatment of all internet traffic has enabled pioneering ideas to thrive with new often disruptive products and services.

The absence of net neutrality implies ISPs can restructure how the Internet works. They would own the internet by controlling the applications and content that run over their networks. They would have the power to decide what content runs over “their” networks and give preference to one content over another. Developers would be at the mercy of those who control the communication networks. All our products especially new innovative products would become subject to discrimination. We could be faced with a paradigm shift where those who pay more could get priority for their applications.  Without net neutrality, developers could lose their freedom to innovate and people could lose their freedom of choice.

As Tim Berners-Lee has rightly pointed out: “If US net neutrality rules are repealed, future innovators will have to first negotiate with each ISP to get their new product onto an internet package. That means no more permission-less space for innovation. ISPs will have the power to decide which websites you can access and at what speed each will load. In other words, they’ll be able to decide which companies succeed online, which voices are heard — and which are silenced.”

It is contradictory to limit the free exchange of data in a world where the free flow of information on the internet has been a hallmark of democracy and has distinguished democracies from totalitarian systems. As we prepare for the age of Internet of Things and 5G, our hyper-connected world with smarter and faster networks needs less gatekeepers and more power for the users, not vice versa.

At mimik, we are troubled with FCC’s attack against net neutrality. We have been working passionately to decentralize cloud computing and communications to ensure digital freedom for all. FCC’s recent decision encourages us to work even harder to achieve our goal. Our technology will arm developers with a platform to unleash the collective power of all computing devices whether mobile phones or powerful central cloud servers and remove all unnecessary trust elements and middlemen.

Net neutrality is the cornerstone of digital freedom as it has kept communication pipes open to innovation and uninhibited development of new applications, content and services. It has provided an open ecosystem where developers build innovative and disruptive products without being blocked or throttled. To ensure continued progress towards digital freedom, we must decentralize the cloud and create a scalable and more efficient cloud fabric devoid of unnecessary gatekeepers and trust elements. Decentralization is the most organic and effective way of ensuring net neutrality. We call on all developers to join us in building a decentralized Internet that is more open,  private and efficient and less vulnerable to abuse by gatekeepers and middlemen.