The concept of the IoT cloud connector has recently emerged as a differentiator for cellular connectivity providers and IoT platform vendors as mechanism for more easily delivering data from IoT devices into cloud platforms which are increasingly hosting IoT application data. The key role is to apply the appropriate protocols and security demanded by the cloud platforms and to deliver the data as seamlessly as possible.
This report examines the reasons for the surging demand for cloud connectors, most notably the growing adoption of constrained IoT connectivity, and the functionality that the connectors deliver. It also examines the approach taken by some of the leading providers of this functionality, including connectivity providers, IoT platform vendors and vendors of device management solutions. It also examines the commercial angle, including considerations of the expected demand for such capabilities, the positioning of this functionality and the competitive landscape.