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GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: Microsoft unveils new Azure solutions targeting data analytics and IoT

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At the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit, Microsoft introduced new Azure solutions targeting big data and internet of things (IoT).

Mark Russinovich, CTO of Microsoft Azure, announced the innovations on stage at the event, where he joined GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit. Mark talked about Microsoft’s vision to transform businesses using the emerging technologies like blockchain, IoT, edge computing, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Following new capabilities for Azure public cloud were announced at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit—

  • Azure IoT Edge

Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure IoT Edge, which was available for preview since last year. IoT Edge enables consistency between cloud and edge, allowing enterprises to push AI and machine learning to edge.

Enterprises can use Azure IoT Edge to analyze data from connected devices. Developers can now access IoT Edge runtime from GitHub, and modify the runtime and debug issues.

Microsoft has integrated IoT Edge with other tools in Azure, including Moby container management system, Azure IoT Device Provisioning Service, Automatic Device Management, etc.

  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2 is a scalable, high-performant, and cost-effective data lake solution designed specifically for mission critical big data analytics and AI workloads.

It will allow enterprises to access unstructured object data and file data through Blob Storage and Hadoop File System protocols. It is now available for preview.

  • New features in Azure Data Factory

Microsoft added new features to its Azure Data Factory service, which included a web-based graphical UI for creating and managing data pipelines, code-free data ingestion, and ability to lift SQL Server Integration Services packages to Azure and in managed execution environment.

These new features will help customers to build analytics across hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and drive raw data into actionable insights.

Also read: Computex 2018: Microsoft launches Windows Collaboration Displays, Partner Community and IoT Core Services

Along with these innovations, Microsoft announced new Azure regions and Availability Zones. The tech giant established two more Azure regions in China, and AZ in Netherlands.

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