Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT programme, an ecosystem of partners whose offerings have been tested and certified so businesses can take their next IoT project from testing to production more quickly. Current partners include BeagleBone, Freescale Intel Corporation, Raspberry Pi, Resin.io, Seeed Technology, and Texas Instruments.
"We live in a connected world, and the intelligent cloud is powering it all," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud + Enterprise Division. "As data and devices continue to proliferate, there is vast opportunity for businesses to tap into their data to make their applications more intelligent. Through our offerings across applications, data and IoT, and cloud infrastructure, we are enabling companies to innovate more easily and rapidly, using the tools and platforms they know and love."
Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite is said to integrate with a company's existing processes, devices and systems to build and scale IoT projects using preconfigured solutions.
Barb Edson, general manager, Data Platform and IoT, for Microsoft added: “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT helps companies to quickly implement the right hardware and software through verified interoperability for these devices.”
To further enable designers to better manage their data Microsoft has also announced the expansion of Azure Data Lake. This includes Azure Data Lake Analytics, Azure Data Lake Store, the U-SQL programming language, and Azure HDInsight. Azure Data Lake is claimed to make big data processing and analytics simpler and more accessible.
Pic: Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud + Enterprise Division