The Internet of Things is in a peculiar phase of its lifecycle. Unless you count that patchwork mess known as home automation, there isn’t much of an established market. Yet the broad applicability of connecting “things,” which can include assigning IP addresses to anything from refrigerators to manufacturing equipment, has companies contemplating sensible sensor-filled scenarios. To enable developers to build applications that capitalize on IoT, VMware has released to open source a software development kit. It’s the company’s first foray into the IoT phenomenon. Liota, which stands for Little IoT Agent, enables applications that captures and relays device data to servers and networking gear, and can also receive control signals from those data center components, says CIO Bask Iyer.