How Does Azure IoT Meet Your IoT Technology Needs?

In IoT Technology from Sensor to the Cloud we discussed all the services an IoT Solution might need to get off the ground. Let's look at how Microsoft's Azure IoT meets those needs.

Sensors

Microsoft is generally agnostic about the sensor side of the IoT solution. They support many protocols for working with most IoT enabled devices. Where best-in-breed security and manageability are needed, Microsoft has published their own reference hardware solution: Azure Sphere.

Azure Sphere is a new offering and is meant to be an example for manufactures to follow. It is early days, but it is good to see Microsoft nudging the device manufactures to more robust solutions.

This agnostic approach to device OS and protocol enables Azure IoT to work across many vendors and to integrate with legacy and cutting-edge technologies.

You can find ready-to-go Azure IoT capable devices in the Azure IoT Solutions catalog.

Connectivity

Microsoft Azure IoT is available to any Internet connected device. Private Network connected devices use Azure IoT Edge (gateway device) to pass data to Azure IoT Hub securely.

Microsoft Azure is globally available in 54 Regions which should meet most large enterprise needs as well as providing options for on-shore data sovereignty concerns.

Gateways and On-Premise Applications

Azure IoT Edge is an on-premise gateway that provides enhanced connection management and the capability to run on-premise applications.

These on-premise solutions can minimize data round-tripping to the cloud as well as supporting lower bandwidth and occasionally connected sites. Azure IoT Edge’s Identity and Protocol translation or pass-through capabilities enable integration with legacy (brownfield) and cutting-edge (greenfield) sensors and systems.

Data Acquisition and Management

Azure IoT Hub is Microsoft’s data acquisition pipeline supporting “billions of IoT devices” without the need to manage server infrastructure. Once data is ingested it can be stored in Microsoft Azure Storage Services such as SQL Server, Azure Data Lakes, DocumentDB and Azure Time Series Insights which is specifically designed and optimized for the timestamped data prevalent in IoT solutions.

Device Management

Azure Digital Twins and Device Provisioning Services enable scenarios from manual deployments to automated provisioning based on keys applied by the device manufacturer.

Custom Applications and Services

Whether your business needs are completely unique or if there are applicable off-the-shelf solutions Microsoft Azure and Azure IoT can support you.

Azure IoT Central delivers enterprise-grade device management, planning and data visualization tools to your IoT solution as a SaaS offering ready to go with minimal management overhead.

Azure IoT Solution Accelerators gives you access to all the power of Azure IoT in a PaaS offering ready to build completely custom solutions. If these accelerators don’t meet your needs, all of Azure’s cloud services are available to use in your solution.

Azure Maps provides enhanced visuals for geo-referenced data as well as routing and traffic data.

Azure Event Grid, Azure Functions and old-school Azure VMs and other compute services allow you to run custom application logic.

Azure Storage can handle anything from files, blobs, and structured data in relational and document databases.

Azure Cognitive Services bring the power of Machine-Learning and Artificial Intelligence to your data streams, picture and video data, as well as voice and written speech.

Azure’s cloud services are comprehensive and integrated with your existing security infrastructure. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/

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