In further impetus to the growing IoT sector, Microsoft has announced that its Azure IoT hub will become generally available from tomorrow (Feb 4th EST, Feb 5th IST).
Internet of things is being pegged as the immediate future to the current portable technology, and almost every other tech giant is making advancements — or at least probes — in that direction. Microsoft is no exception and with this release, the array of tools available to build connected applications, has received a significant boost.
Speaking on the topic, Sam George, partner director for Azure IoT at Microsoft, said,
IoT Hub is the bridge between customers’ devices and their solutions in the cloud, allowing them to store, analyze and act on that data in real time,
IoT Hub is the bridge between customers’ devices and their solutions in the cloud, allowing them to store, analyze and act on that data in real time. IoT Hub enables secure, reliable two-way communication—from device to cloud and cloud to device—over open protocols such as MQTT, HTTPS and AMQPS that are already widely used in IoT.
Along with announcing the general availability of Azure IoT Hub, Microsoft has also aid out details on its Azure IoT certification program. With this certification, certified companies would be offering trusted solutions from verified partners that work with multiple operating systems, including Linux, mbed, RTOS and Windows, thus accelerating overall IoT deployments. Initial certified partners included Arduino, Beagleboard, Freescale, Intel, Raspberry Pi, Samsung and Texas Instruments, and others.
Over the past three-plus months, nearly 30 industry leaders have joined the program. Today, even more are announcing their participation, including Advantech, Dell, HPE, and Libelium. Each of these partners brings their own unique perspective and value proposition to the IoT landscape, and we’re thrilled announce such widespread industry involvement in Azure Certified for IoT.
IoT however, is merely a piece — a significant piece to be sure — in the big pictures. Microsoft’s Azure suite comes with a whole bunch of other, pre-made tools, that saves consumers from the hassle of building things up from scratch.
And Microsoft is working hard to increase the range of items available to shop. The company however is not alone in juicing up its ioT capabilities either. The recent announcement for example, coincides with
Cisco’s acquisition of Jasper Technologies, a company with a cloud service for ioT devices, for an impressive sum of $1.4 billion.
The release also follows behind the Amazon Web Services release of its AWS IoT service out of beta, by a couple of months.