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Microsoft is extending Azure IoT to the edge of the network

Microsoft is extending Azure IoT to the edge of the network
From TechCrunch - May 10, 2017

The launch of Azure IoT Edge was one of Microsofts slightly more esoteric but interesting announcements at its Build developer conference in Seattle today. While the cloud is all about moving compute and data storage into the data center, there are plenty of situations where you want to avoid the round trip between the device and the data center, or where you cant depend on having that network connection to begin with.

With IoT Edge, Microsoft now makes it easier for developers to move some of their computing needs to these devices. IoT Edge can run on Windows and Linux and on devices as small as a Raspberry Pi with only 128MB of memory. The Microsoft services that can run on these devices include Azure Machine Learning, Stream Analytics (which came to Edge devices earlier this year), Azure Functions, Microsofts AI services and the Azure IoT Hub.

Azure IoT Edge enables IoT devices to run cloud services, process data in near real-time, and communicate with sensors and other devices connected to them, even with intermittent cloud connectivity, Microsofts Partner Director for Azure IoT Sam George writes in todays announcement. By enabling processing, analytics and action to happen closer to the source of the data, Azure IoT Edge empowers you to make faster and smarter decisions, while reducing bandwidth costs by sending only critical information to the cloud for further analysis.

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