The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform virtually every facet of how a company operates. Yet if an IoT platform doesn’t work with the assets a business already has in place, or requires employees to acquire new skills, the opportunity can be less impactful – or appealing.
The Microsoft Azure IoT platform operates on your terms. It easily integrates your existing devices and services, is extensible with programming languages your developers already know, and seamlessly integrates with the back-end platforms already deployed in your business. Your solution can run on-premises, in a hosted or private cloud, or a hybrid cloud/on-premises combination. That’s why we call it the Internet of Your Things.
Today, we’re expanding that promise with enhancement of the Azure IoT Gateway SDK, giving you the ability to extend the power of IoT and advanced analytics beyond datacenters in the Azure cloud to the very edge of your network, where many of a business’s assets and devices are connected. The modular architecture of the SDK enables developers to string together individual pieces of logic, creating solutions that transform data at the edge of the network. Whether through encryption, filtering, annotation or performing custom analytics, data is processed close to the devices that create it, so only truly necessary pieces are sent to the cloud for further processing.
This is especially critical in industries such as oil and gas, retail, and smart cities, where companies need the ability to run real-time computations out in the field, many times in disparate geographic locations. In some cases, devices at the network’s edge may not have sufficient bandwidth to leverage data analysis in the cloud, which is why it’s important that they can use edge computing capabilities on gateways to run analytics on premises.
The open source Azure IoT Gateway SDK ecosystem gives developers and ISVs more choices in how they develop solutions, ultimately reducing time to market and cost of maintenance. Developers can leverage others’ work or extend the SDK in the language of their choice. Individual pieces of logic and modules can be written in Node.js, Java, C#, or C languages. Even better, an end-to-end gateway solution can be composed of modules implemented in different languages. You can use code from anywhere in the ecosystem regardless of whether you’re an expert in a specific programming language.
Finding hardware to power your gateway solution based on the SDK is also a seamless process. We’ve partnered with Intel to produce a commercial gateway kit and our partner ecosystem already includes many Azure Certified for IoT gateway hardware. With support for multiple operating systems, including Wind River Linux, Ubuntu, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2012, choosing the gateway device that fits your needs is completely up to your needs.
Azure IoT is the most complete IoT ecosystem. With the extension of the Azure IoT Gateway SDK today, we’re delivering even greater flexibility in how you can design and deploy the internet of your things.
To learn more about the Azure IoT Gateway SDK and start developing your own gateway solution, visit us here. For more information on how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit internetofyourthings.com.