IoT developers use AWS, Azure and Google clouds, in that order

Clare Hopping

18 Apr, 2018

A report by the Eclipse Foundation has revealed developers prefer using AWS to build their applications rather than Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, which were the second and third most popular platforms.

The company’s third annual IoT developer survey discovered that more than half (51.8%) of developers would rather use AWS (up 21% year-on-year), compared to 31.2% (up 17%) that like to use Microsoft Azure and 18.8% favouring Google’s cloud.

Google’s cloud has taken a substantial hit in the last 12 months, decreasing its market share by 8%, while Kubernetes has risen rapidly, previous not ranking in the top platforms at all, up to fourth, with 12% of the market preferring its open source facilities.

Businesses are also starting to realise the potential of IoT to achieve their business goals. Previously, the technology was viewed as a fad – something ‘cool’ to use to collect data. But now, the true benefits are being realised.

18% of businesses interviewed for the Eclipse Foundation’s report said they were concerned about collecting data and analysing the outcomes, which put it in second place, behind security concerns of the IoT.

“There is unfortunately still only a limited set of security-related practices that are on the front burner of IoT developers,” Benjamin Cabé, program manager and evangelist at Eclipse IoT said. “Communication-layer security (e.g the use of TLS or DTLS) and data encryption remain the two most popular practices, used by respectively 57.3% and 45.1% of the respondents.”

Businesses are also worried about IoT connectivity, while integration with hardware was a worry for 15.5% of the developers questioned. Interoperability seems to be less of a concern than it has been for the last three years, with 15.1% of respondents concerned about IoT devices not working together.

“As someone working with IoT open source communities on a day-to-day basis, I can’t help but think about the crucial role open standards and open source IoT platforms have had in making IoT interoperability a reality,” Cabé added.