Microsoft Positions Azure to Take Over the Enterprise IoT Floor

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft makes way into the IoT market with its latest launch of Azure suite designed especially for the connected devices. The suite will take care of everything from billing, monitoring and analytics for Internet of things deployments. It aims to deliver open, scalable platforms and services for startups as well as huge enterprises to fashion new values, converge organization’s assets, data and processes with people and business systems.

Azure Intelligent Systems Services, along with strong inputs from customers finally resulted in the Azure IoT Suite. This is an integrated product suite that leverages all the powerful features of Azure that connects devices and other assets. It helps in the collection, assimilation and coordination of the data generated into valuable insights which can be used for enhanced decision making and smart automation of operations.

A customizable offering for the enterprises, it hastens the deployments of remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance across industries with the option to grow and scale solutions of the myriad of connected things. Infoq.com summarizes the details of the suite released at the Microsoft Convergence Event as:

Azure Event Hubs - Event Hubs is a scalable pub/sub ingestor that can intake millions of events per second to process and analyze the massive amounts of data produced by connected devices and applications.

Azure DocumentDB - Azure DocumentDB is a NoSQL document database service designed to natively support JSON and JavaScript directly inside the database engine.

Azure Stream Analytics - Stream Analytics is an event processing engine that helps uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and data.

Azure Notification Hubs - Notification Hubs is a scalable mobile push notification engine for sending millions of messages to iOS, Android, Windows, or Kindle devices.

Azure Machine Learning - Azure Machine Learning offers a streamlined experience for data scientists from setting up with only a web browser, to using drag and drop gestures and simple data flow graphs to set up experiments.

Azure HDInsight - Based on Apache Hadoop, HDInsight can process unstructured or semi-structured data from web clickstreams, social media, server logs, devices and sensors, and more.

Power BI - Power BI is a cloud service to share, collaborate and access Excel reports anywhere on any device.

The suite, with all capabilities will be made available in preview later this year in an intuitive and predictable pricing model making it easier for the customers to plan and budget suitably. Customer can also use the services of Azure Stream Analytics, (currently in preview and to be launched next month) for processing huge amounts of real time, incoming data from the connected devices and services and come up with trends and responses.

Microsoft will also extend its IoT Quick Start program that offers free half-day consultations customers for identifying business priorities in the IoT domain.