With Cloud Platform, Businesses Targeted

 

By offering its Azure IoT (Internet of Things) Hub communications platform to the general public, Microsoft follows its plan to be the go-to Cloud provider when customers — whether startups or enterprise — deploy new business models and processes based on large networks of low-powered connected devices like those from Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Texas Instruments. Part of the Microsoft plan includes convincing businesses to use the service to collect data from devices; analyze data streams; store, query and visualize large data-sets; and integrate that data with back-office systems.

The IoT Hub has a messaging infrastructure for distributed devices to communicate to each other via Azure over widely used IoT protocols such as MQTT, HTTPS and AMPQPS, as well as device authentication.

Fees for Azure IoT run from free for minimal storage up to $500 per month for service that supports up to 6 million 4-KB messages a day.

—More info: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/iot-hub/

 

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