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Smart city applications are best managed in the cloud

Cloud-article-Philips-LightingMachina Research has published a new study recommending that future smart city services should be managed in the cloud. Commissioned by Philips Lighting, the whitepaper, titled “Future-proofing IT for Smart City services”, highlights how hybrid cloud offers the most cost-effective infrastructure and the importance of future-proofing the IT used to implement Smart City services.

As cities implement their Smart City applications, they will find that making use of cloud infrastructure for new applications, while maintaining existing in-house infrastructure, at least in the short term, is the only practical solution. Expanding an on-premise infrastructure to support the requirements of these new applications would be a lengthy and expensive project carrying a significant risk of failure. Nevertheless, new Smart City services will need to work with legacy on-premise systems and across multiple verticals if they are to deliver the full benefits that a Smart City implementation can bring. Robust APIs are the key to ensuring that services implemented in the cloud can work together in the future.


1 Executive Summary

2 Introduction to Smart City Services

3 Different IT approaches for Smart City Services  

  • On-premise infrastructure
  • Private Cloud On-Premise
  • Managed Private Cloud On-Premise
  • Infrastructure as a Service
  • Software as a Service
  • Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

4 Developing an IT Strategy for Smart City Services

  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Scalability and Availability
  • Disaster Recovery and Resilience
  • In-house skills required

5 Securing a Smart City Service

  • Data Privacy
  • Authentication
  • Encryption
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Predictive Security

6 Six Questions to Answer when Deciding on a Smart City IT Strategy

7 About Machina Research

Via  techtank.news