January 12, 2023

Are Cloud Providers the New Internet?

Are Cloud Providers the New Internet?

Are Cloud Providers the New Internet?

Steve Mueller, CTO and co-founder at Hypersive

The OGA is heavily focused on reimagining the internet. How do you envision the Internet evolving over the next 10 years?

The first question we have to ask is, what is the Internet today? Many would describe it as an interconnected fabric of lots of different sites and services. But I’d argue today’s large cloud providers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google and the like) have become the new Internet. Businesses and people live in services and apps that are owned and operated by these cloud providers. They’ve managed to eliminate the need for the traditional concept of the Internet, performing tasks within the constraints of the applications. The move to cloud over the past 5 to 10 years has transformed cloud providers essentially into utility companies. They are the new internet, and with this transformation, the very idea of the traditional Internet starts to break down.

As a society, we’re built and heavily reliant on digital services. What are some of the new applications you see emerging, and how does the Internet need to evolve to meet those?

There are endless examples of emerging applications that require a more evolved Internet than the one we traditionally refer to today. Essentially, it is any human-to-machine or machine-to-human interaction. Everything is interconnected - from buildings, to hospitals, to jails and railways. For example, buildings have a lot they can tell us to keep businesses more eco friendly, safer and efficient. In that respect, I believe the new world order is how humans interact with where they work, and in return how those places interact with us as humans.

Why push forward with the Grid versus focusing solely on the edge? What industries do you think will benefit most?

The edge is a very nebulous term. It refers to the places we work, live and play, and it ends up being the network at the core, making sure everyone is connected. The Grid, however, is a more interconnected system - the global fabric of networking, compute and storage needed to push the industry, and humans, forward. With regards to its impact, every industry stands to benefit from the Grid. Business and organization thrive on being interconnected and devices being intelligent. The Grid allows for interconnection between devices and humans collectively, where they can all have intelligent conversations with each other.

How does your company’s mission and services fit with the Open Grid Alliance? Why are you passionate about the Grid?

Hypersive’s mission is to bring the benefits of modern cloud delivery to the trusted building management and physical security solutions that are in widespread use today. Through the Grid, we’re enabling customers to run their places of work like they do their businesses, by providing services designed from the ground up to address the operating expectations of physical security systems, building management systems, and similar workloads that operate buildings. Businesses today are thriving on highly elastic, highly fluid business models that can be dragged down by vendors bringing in physical hardware. The Grid is shifting the Internet’s center of gravity and our mission is to utilize that, turning places of work (buildings, construction sites and food trucks, to name a few) into elastic models that match their business.

About Steve Mueller

Steve Mueller is the founder and CTO of Hypersive, an experienced startup focused on delivering building management workloads as single-tenant in-cloud or on-prem services. In his previous role, Steve spent 7 years at AWS, where he led, among other things, the software development of physical security technologies for Amazon corporate events, public tradeshows,and the company’s highest levels of executive personnel. He has spoken at numerous industry tradeshows, including AWS re:Invent, and is passionate about edge operating systems, containers as a transformative application delivery model, and the intersection of modern corporate infrastructure and infosec methodologies with everyday video surveillance and accesscontrol.

Recent Articles