Introducing Xively May 14, 2013 | by Michael Simon
Today, LogMeIn unveiled what very well may be our most exciting offering to date. Simply put, Xively Cloud Services is the first public cloud designed specifically for the commercial Internet of Things (IoT). It’s an offering nearly 3 years in the making, and one that we believe could usher in an exciting new chapter for LogMeIn and for the IoT, as a whole. And while there’s been no shortage of hype around the pending arrival of this next major wave of the Internet, our goal with Xively is nothing less than to give companies the ability to deliver on that promise…today.
Some of you might be asking “Wait, what is this Internet of Things?” and/or “Why the heck is LogMeIn jumping into it?”
I don’t think it’s overstating it to say the Internet of Things is going to transform how people discover, interact and experience the world. You may hear others call it the ‘Internet of Everything’ or even ‘The Industrial Internet’, but semantics aside, the IoT invokes the use – and scale – of the Internet in a different, much more powerful way. Instead of being about simply communicating and sharing information via smart devices, the IoT is about interconnecting an emerging class of small but powerful objects that produce data and allow control over almost anything in our physical world. Think about the ‘smart home’ and ‘smart city’ on steroids. We’re talking predictions of tens of billions of connected devices over the next decade. And even then, there are those, including us, who think those estimates may be conservative. In fact, firms like Forrester are forecasting this market to be valued at over $1 trillion by 2020.
So you can see why businesses would be motivated to jump into the IoT. But, what about LogMeIn?
Well, if you know LogMeIn, you’ve probably realized a common thread across our offerings…and perhaps a logical evolution. Most of our half a million customers and tens of millions of users know us best for transforming the ways they work by connecting them to the devices, data and people that make up their digital lives. Fewer know that underpinning our popular apps and offerings is a common cloud platform, called Gravity, which has been continually refined, improved and extended to meet the changing realities of their digital world. What started with secure connections between PCs and Macs was soon extended to smartphones and tablets. We then added cloud data capabilities, ensuring that wherever you were – and whatever device you were on – connecting to your information was both simple and secure. Extending Gravity to empower the IoT represents the next significant evolution of this platform, and an important step beyond just connecting to new generation of devices.
The result is Xively, the only IoT public cloud built to simplify and accelerate the building of compelling, commercial products, and solutions for the Internet of Things. And the first offering aimed at helping thousands of businesses realize the promise of tomorrow’s internet, today.
We hope you’ll come along for the ride!