Jini IoT Edition: Connecting the Emerging Internet of Things Silos

For those who were around in the days of Sun Microsystems, Inc., you might remember Jini technology which was a cool network architecture for distributed systems, devices and services.

Hmmm... where have we recently heard that before? Does it sound similar to... the Internet of Things (IoT)???

See:

Jini IoT Edition

Here's a quote:

 In fact, in the late 90s, Sun Microsystems 
 defined a Java-based standard called Jini - 
 which was a network architecture comprised 
 of distributed systems, devices and services. 
 Jini talked about connected devices, both in 
 the consumer space and the enterprise. In a 
 manner of speaking, Jini was a precursor of 
 the IOT, but none of the above mentioned 
 supporting technologies existed at that time 
 and due to this and few other reasons. Jini 
 never made it to mainstream.
Well, yes. Jini was the precursor to IoT. And, there's no reason why it can't come back now that today's available technology has finally caught up with the concept. A Jini IoT Edition could be the driver to connect all those disparate silos forming for the Internet of Things, everything from Google's Nest API's, to Apple's HomeKit, to AllJoyn, Belkin's WeMo, MQTT, Tesla cars, you name it! Jini IoT Edition has the chance to tie all those scattered silos together with Java API's.

It's nothing new. It's just been sitting in there on the back shelf in a bottle, waiting for the right time to come back out and show its inherent quality: bringing together devices, services, and distributed systems. It's time to let it back out of that bottle. This time, there's no going back...

Comments:

Jini had a neat programming model with JavaSpaces and other services but the issue always seemed to be that configuring things was too complicated with setting up classloaders and security managers for all the different services. Sun never managed to make this easy for people. Unless Oracle plans on simplifying that side of things I don't see Jini ever being revitalized.

Posted by Yeroc on July 03, 2014 at 12:20 PM PDT #

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