What are the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge?
The intelligent cloud is ubiquitous computing, enabled by the public cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, for every type of intelligent application and system you can envision.
The intelligent edge is a continually expanding set of connected systems and devices that gather and analyse data – close to your users, the data or both. Users get real-time insights and experiences, delivered by highly responsive and contextually aware apps.
Together, they give you the ability to create a new class of distributed, connected applications and, ultimately, breakthrough business outcomes.
Get consistency across cloud and edge
Imagine, architect and build new, distributed applications on a consistent and comprehensive platform that spans from the cloud to the edge.
Get consistency with your programming models, app services, data services and DevOps to simplify your solution development and deployment. Users can develop an event-based system with Azure Functions that runs on Azure, Azure Stack and Azure IoT Edge.
Reduce the complexity of managing security across a distributed infrastructure. Azure Security Center provides a built-in, unified approach across environments and intelligent threat protection for workloads running on cloud-to-edge solutions.
Get identity management for cloud-to-edge solutions with Azure Active Directory. Guard against unauthorised access to apps, devices and data – including conditional access, access control lists, identity protection and access reviews.
Get built-in and intelligent management tools for monitoring, backup, disaster recovery and update management to simplify the management of cloud resources in Azure as well as your edge environment.
Build machine learning models in Azure that you can run at the edge to deliver real-time insights. Retrain and improve your current machine learning models by transferring your data sets to Azure.
Learn more about products that power the intelligent edge
Create secure, Internet-connected microcontroller devices for end-to-end device security.Learn more
Azure Data Box Edge
Analyse, preprocess and transform your on-premises data with AI-enabled computing before transferring it to Azure.Learn more
Azure IoT Edge
Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to edge devices with a fully managed service.Learn more
Bring an extension of Azure to your on-premises environment and build and deploy hybrid applications – anywhere.Learn more
Customers are doing great things with edge technologies
iMOKO uses Azure Stack in the rural, remote areas of New Zealand to deliver fast and reliable healthcare services to children and communities in need.
Schneider Electric embeds intelligence at the network edge for industrial assets without cloud access to make predictive decisions on local devices, avoiding critical failures.
With volumes of data, drones need intelligent, pre-cloud processing capabilities at the device level to make real-time decisions.
Tetra Pak uses human and edge intelligence to keep food flowing safely from farm to table.
Microsoft invests USD 5 billion in IoT
Take advantage of the power and capabilities of the cloud and the edge with the Microsoft IoT portfolio – whether your solution is in the cloud, offline or somewhere in between.Learn more
Project Kinect for Azure
The most advanced Microsoft sensors are transforming spatial understanding in IoT. Project Kinect for Azure is using AI at the edge to make our individual interactions with technology more personal and natural.Discover more
Qualcomm + Microsoft partnership
This partnership helps developers quickly create camera-based IoT solutions using on-device vision AI and edge computing.Read more