Don’t be a sitting duck, plan now for Device Lifecycle Management | Mender

Last week, came the news that Google plans to retire Google Cloud IoT Core on August 16th, 2023. This gives current enterprise users of Google Cloud IoT Core services less than 12 months to prepare and execute a migration plan. What this news brought home to us is the strategic importance for users to implement device lifecycle management (DLM) without vendor lock-in. One should consider the importance of having a vendor-neutral device lifecycle management solution that enables your organization to manage device fleet integrity and to plan for such dramatic changes in 3rd party public cloud roadmaps and withdrawal of services. In any case, you probably connect to several cloud services. The cloud-side, just like the device-side, can change at any time and move outside of your control: Therefore, you need to have DLM in place to respond to changes and have over the air (OTA) software updates integrated into your devices to help manage these changes successfully. Otherwise, your device fleet is a fragile, “sitting duck” unable to manage changes that will be beyond your control. Without having a cloud-agnostic DLM in place, there is no practical way to migrate public cloud services for IoT in just 12 months. And it could have been worse - at least there was some advance notice in the case of Google Cloud IoT Core; in other cases your enterprise could be relying on a vendor that suddenly raises prices or makes other short-term hostile changes that hurt your business. We believe that as DLM is at the core of controlling your fleet, you need a long-term, technology agnostic solution as it is too risky to be locked into a single vendor.

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