IBM has given users of the Watson Internet of Things (IoT) platform an ultimatum: they will switch to another service or face disconnection.
It’s according to Register (opens in a new tab)who got an email from a customer informing them about the end of life of the IoT platform.
“Please note that devices will not be able to connect to MQTT and HTTP endpoints and existing connections will be closed. All other customers using this service should plan to switch to alternative services before that date.
IBM’s trouble with Watson
The Watson IoT platform is built to provide one central location to manage and monitor IoT devices and works with companies such as Adesto Technologies, Geniatech Inc and IOTech Systems, all of which are available for viewing on the IBM Partner Finder website (opens in a new tab).
IBM is giving customers only one year to switch to another IoT management platform as the end date of December 31, 2023 approaches.
Earlier this year, we reported that Google Cloud would also shut down IoT Core. The company felt that its “customer needs could be better met [its] network of partners specializing in IoT applications and services”, however, the tech giant is taking steps to make changes less burdensome for customers.
In a blog post, the cloud computing giant explained that “if a rollback or disruptive change is inevitable, the onus is on [it – the company] make migration as easy as possible.
TechRadar Pro contacted IBM to find out if the company would take similar action.
This isn’t the only Watson-branded product IBM has decided to ditch, as it sold out Watson Health in January. IBM CEO Arvind Krishna later said this was because he had failed to acquire the required vertical expertise in the healthcare sector. Register.