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The future of computing: intelligent cloud and intelligent edge

Get an intelligent, consistent, and comprehensive platform from cloud to edge with Azure.

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 analyze 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 unauthorized 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

Azure Sphere

Create secure, internet-connected microcontroller devices for end-to-end device security.

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Azure Data Box Edge

Analyze, pre-process, and transform your on-premises data with AI-enabled computing before transferring it to Azure.

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Azure IoT Edge

Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to edge devices with a fully managed service.

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Azure Stack

Bring an extension of Azure to your on-premises environment and build and deploy hybrid applications—anywhere.

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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.

Microsoft invests USD5 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.

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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.

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Qualcomm + Microsoft partnership

This partnership helps developers quickly create camera-based IoT solutions using on-device vision AI and edge computing.

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Join the Microsoft intelligent edge partner community

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