Microsoft Launches Azure IoT Hub


Azure IoT hub now available to the general public; free tier allows 500 devices and 8,000 messages.

Microsoft has announced the launch of its new IoT Hub, built on the Azure platform. First introduced last fall, the Azure IoT hub is now available to the general public and offers a free tier that allows 500 devices to be connected and up to 8,000 messages sent per day. The hub is designed to collect, manage and aggregate data from millions of devices to make the business of managing fleets of IoT devices more efficient. The hub is designed to easily integrate with all of Microsoft’s existing cloud services.

In a post on its blog, Microsoft said the hub enables secure two-way communications using open protocols like MQTT, HTTPS and AMQPS. Communication is possible from cloud to cloud and device to cloud. Their IoT suite also offers a variety of pre-configured solutions to eliminate the time and expense of building framework from scratch. A repository of IoT device software-development toolkits is available to help get devices connected to the hub.

The company also announced new partnerships with Dell, Advantech, HPE and Libelium as part of their Certified for Azure IoT program, which already includes Arduino, Beagleboard, Freescale, Intel, Raspberry Pi, Samsung, Texas Instruments and more—up to 30 partners in all so far. The program allows companies to easily see what devices and operating systems will work seamlessly with Azure.

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