Microsoft's Azure IoT Hub Connects, Manages IoT Devices
The company's IoT device connection and management cloud service goes live to help enterprises speed up their deployments.Microsoft's wants businesses to float their Internet of things (IoT) projects on the company's cloud. Azure IoT Hub, a cloud services suite for connecting and managing sensors, smart electronics and other IoT devices, is now generally available. And judging by remarks from Sam George, partner director for Microsoft Azure IoT, the company anticipates that enterprises will be launching their own massive IoT projects before long. "Azure IoT Hub provides an easy and secure way to connect, provision and manage billions of IoT devices sending and receiving trillions of messages per month," stated the Microsoft executive in a Feb. 3 statement. As lofty as those figures sound, they pale in comparison to the economic opportunity that awaits IT vendors. According to a recent forecast from IDC, IoT spending will reach $1.3 trillion in 2019, nearly double the $689.6 billion the IT analyst firm estimates was spent in 2015. In November, Gartner analysts said they expect the number of IoT devices in use worldwide to reach 6.4 billion in 2016, with 5.5 million new things coming online each day. As they seek to improve traffic, safety and the quality of municipal services, smart cities alone will drive demand for 1.6 billion connected things this year.
Microsoft, with the help of its growing cloud computing platform, is not only positioning itself as a link between IoT devices and an organization's back-end systems, but also as a provider of advanced management and analytics services.