As the Internet of Things inevitable starts coming into it’s own, the origin of data has evolved from people to machines to “things”. Technologies emerged from leaders like Google and Facebook to enable analyzing tons of data in massive data farms deployed in the cloud. All that is well and good, but the approach itself needed moving this “ton” of data to a central location, partition it across large number of nodes so that analysis could be parallelized. Imagine, Netflix has over 1,000 nodes in their cluster. Hmmmm, doable, but at some point the laws of physics start to interfere.