In today's defense arena, traditional tactics using large, fixed systems no longer suffice. A deployed naval strike group might find itself needing to quickly integrate its data systems with those of on-site allies - some of which may be many years older - and process data with these combined platforms in real time. We are now in the era of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), and those who make the most flexible, intelligent use of the data streaming in from a dizzying array of clients have the advantage.
We are being inundated with new computing and networking models for all the wrong reasons -- from cloud computing to blockchain. This is a topic that distorts my normally congenial and pleasant demeanor, so let’s take a look at what is really going on and clear the air.