By Vishal Prakash, product manager, ProSoft Technology
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The concept of monitoring remote industrial infrastructure assets began in the 1970s. Since then, the types of communications media used to monitor the remote assets have come a long way — from trunk mobile radio (TMR) to today’s different types of cellular wireless local area network (WLAN) communications.
Cellular communications for machine-to-machine-type applications was first introduced in the early 2000s. Over the last decade, cellular wireless communication has become ubiquitous and now is the primary form of communications for more than 75% of the world’s population.
A simple analogy for cloud-based networking is taking the Ethernet switch on your desk and placing it in the cloud. Devices connected to this switch can communicate with each other — a streamlined extension of your Connected Enterprise.
A more complete definition is that cloud-based networking exists and operates within a cloud environment/infrastructure. The infrastructure, resources, cloud network management, monitoring, maintenance, and other network administrative and operational processes are performed within or through the cloud.