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Microsoft is expanding the Azure Stack Edge with NVIDIA GPU preview
By Dean Paron General Manager, Azure Stack Edge and Data Box
3 min read
We’re expanding the Microsoft Azure Stack Edge with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPU preview during the GPU Technology Conference (GTC Digital). Azure Stack Edge is a cloud-managed appliance that brings Azure’s compute, storage, and machine learning capabilities to the edge for fast local analysis and insights. With the included NVIDIA GPU, you can bring hardware acceleration to a diverse set of machine learning (ML) workloads.
What’s new with Azure Stack Edge
At Mobile World Congress in November 2019, we announced a preview of the NVIDIA GPU version of Azure Stack Edge and we’ve seen incredible interest in the months that followed. Customers in industries including retail, manufacturing, and public safety are using Azure Stack Edge to bring Azure capabilities into the physical world and unlock scenarios such as the real-time processing of video powered by Azure Machine Learning.
These past few months, we’ve taken our customers’ feedback to make key improvements and are excited to make our preview available to even more customers today.
If you’re not already familiar with Azure Stack Edge, here are a few of the benefits:
- Azure Machine Learning: Build and train your model in the cloud, then deploy it to the edge for FPGA or GPU-accelerated inferencing.
- Edge Compute: Run IoT, AI, and business applications in containers at your location. Use these to interact with your local systems, or to pre-process your data before it transfers to Azure.
- Cloud Storage Gateway: Automatically transfer data between the local appliance and your Azure Storage account. Azure Stack Edge caches the hottest data locally and speaks file and object protocols to your on-prem applications.
- Azure-managed appliance: Easily order and manage Azure Stack Edge from the Azure Portal. No initial capex fees; pay as you go, just like any other Azure service.
Enabling our partners to bring you world-class business applications
Equally important to bringing you a great device is enabling our partners to bring you innovative applications to meet your business needs. We’d love to share some of the continued investment we’re making with partners to bring their exciting developments to you.
As self-checkouts grow in prevalence, Malong Technologies is innovating in AI applications for loss prevention.
“For our customers in the retail industry, artificial intelligence innovation is happening at the edge,” said Matt Scott, co-founder and chief executive officer, Malong Technologies. “Along with our state-of-the-art solutions, our customers need hardware that is powerful, reliable, and custom-tailored for the cloud. Microsoft’s Azure Stack Edge fits the bill perfectly. We’re proud to be a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, working with Microsoft to help our retail customers succeed.”
Increasing your manufacturing organization’s quality inspection accuracy is key to Mariner’s Spyglass Visual Inspection application.
“Mariner has standardized on Microsoft’s Azure Stack Edge for our Spyglass Visual Inspection and Spyglass Connected Factory products. These solutions are mission critical to our manufacturing customers. Azure Stack Edge provides the performance, stability and availability they require.” – Phil Morris, CEO, Mariner
Building computer vision solutions to improve performance and safety in manufacturing and other industries is a key area of innovation for XXII.
“XXII is thrilled to be a Microsoft partner and we are working together to provide our clients with real time video analysis software on edge with the Azure Stack Edge box. With this solution, Azure allow us to harvest the full potential of NVIDIA GPUs directly on edge and be able to provide our clients in retail, industry and smart city with smart video analysis that are easily deployable, scalable and easily manageable with Azure stack Edge.” – Souheil Hanoune, Chief Scientific Officer, XXII
More to come with Azure Stack Edge
There are even more exciting developments with Azure Stack Edge coming. We’re putting the final touches on much-awaited new compute and AI capabilities including virtual machines, Kubernetes clusters, and multi-node support. Along with these new features announced at Ignite 2019, Data Box Edge was renamed Azure Stack Edge to align with the Azure Stack portfolio.
Our Rugged series for sites with harsh or remote environments is also coming this year, including the battery-powered form-factor that can be carried in a backpack. The versatility of these Azure Stack Edge form-factors and cloud-managed capabilities brings cloud intelligence and compute to retail stores, factory floors, hospitals, field operations, disaster zones, and rescue operations.
Get started with the Azure Stack Edge with NVIDIA GPU preview
Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we bring new capabilities to Azure Stack Edge. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
- To get started with the preview, please email us and we’ll follow up to learn more about your scenarios.
- Learn more about Azure Stack Edge.
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