What is the Difference Between IoT and Cloud Computing?

The Internet of Things and Cloud computing complement one another, often being branded together when discussing technical services, and both working together to provide an overall better IoT service. However, there are crucial differences between them, making each of them an effective technical solution separately, as well as together. In this post, we discuss the role of Cloud computing in IoT, highlighting the difference between the two services and the benefits of using both together.

What is the difference between IoT and Cloud computing?

Cloud computing and IoT have significant differences which is why they have different uses. Let’s look at IoT vs Cloud services below.


The Cloud is a centralised system that helps to deliver and transport data and various files across the internet to data centres. The different data and programmes can be accessed easily from the centralised Cloud system. There are different types of cloud services available, including Microsoft Azure Cloud development, and more information on each of these varying types of Cloud solution can be found in our previous guide.

The Internet of Things

IoT is in reference to the connection of multiple devices to the internet. These devices can include multiple appliances that need to be connected for reasons including automation and real-time control of the device. As the IoT has both real-time and historical data stored, it can provide effective decision-making instructions to devices, and control certain actions and aspects of when and how they function.


The role of cloud computing in IoT

The role of cloud computing in IoT works as part of a collaboration and is used to store IoT data, allowing easy access when it is required. Cloud computing is an easy method of travel for the large data packages generated by the IoT through the Internet. Big data can also help in this process. To find out how the Internet of Things and Big Data are related, please read our dedicated post.

Benefits of cloud computing and IoT working together

So why are The Cloud and IoT such a good partnership? Well, there are numerous benefits for utilising both of these services by combining them, with a few of the main benefits shown below:

  • You can access data remotely and easily in order to still carry out actions on devices, regardless of connection.
  • Advancement on analysis and review of the status of connected IoT devices.
  • Using The Cloud with IoT helps to enhance security, as regular updates can be sent and knowledge of any breaches in infrastructure can be flagged up immediately.
  • Scalability for device data.
  • Infrastructure capacity no longer needs to be a guessing game.
  • Quicker use and distribution of Apps worldwide.

Overall, using The Cloud and The Internet of Things together means you can have successful communication, connection and transference of data between devices, in the most effective and efficient way possible.

To find out more about how you can use IoT and Cloud solutions within your business, please contact us at McKenna Consultants, so we can discuss how we can deliver a bespoke service to help you. Should you wish to learn more about the services we have delivered to companies in the past, then please check out our case studies.

Nick McKenna
Since 2004, Nick McKenna, BSc, MBCS Biography has been the CEO of McKenna Consultants. McKenna Consultants is a bespoke software development based in North Yorkshire, specialising in Cloud development, mobile App development, progressive web App development, systems integration and the Internet of Things development. Nick also holds a First Class Degree in Computer Science (BSc) and wrote his first computer program at the age of nine, on a BBC Micro Model B computer. For the last 21 years, Nick has been a professional computer programmer and software architecture. Nick’s technical expertise includes; Net Core, C#, Microsoft Azure, Asp.Net, RESTful web services, eProcurement, Swift, iOS mobile development, Java, Android mobile development, C++, Internet Of Things and more. In addition, Nick is experienced in Agile coaching, training and consultancy, applying modern Agile management techniques to marketing and running McKenna Consultants, as well as the development of software for clients. Nick is a Certified Enterprise Coach (Scrum Alliance), SAFe Program Consultant (SAI), Certified LeSS Practitioner (LeSS) and Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner. Outside the office, Nick is a professional scuba diver and he holds the rank of Black Belt 5th Dan in Karate.