BARCELONA: Microsoft has announced additional offerings to its Azure cloud computing services aimed at enabling customers to collect and manage large volumes of telemetry data as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and analyse it to deliver greater operational efficiencies.
Available as a technology preview, Azure Stream Analytics is an event processing engine to uncover real-time insights from telemetry data, while Azure Data Factory is a data management platform to handle structured and unstructured data from diverse sources.
Microsoft also announced availability of Azure Event Hubs, a managed service designed to collect large volumes of data from online devices and applications, which has been in preview since the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July.
The newly unveiled Stream Analytics service is designed to integrate seamlessly with Event Hubs, and the two services together provide customers with the tools to stitch together an IoT solution to capture and analyse data generated by devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and other sources in real time, Microsoft said.
Event Hubs is also used in Microsoft's Azure Operational Insights service, announced yesterday, which takes telemetry from a customer's IT infrastructure and analyses it for operations management and intelligence purposes uisng a Hadoop back-end.
Meanwhile, Azure Data Factory is designed to help customers deal with the huge amount of data being generated by various sources. It provides a single place to manage data from SQL Server and Azure Blobs, Tables, Azure SQL Database and SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines.
Microsoft said that developers can use Data Factory to build data driven workflows that aggregate and transform data from local or cloud-based services, and set up complex data processing systems with little or no programming required.
Speaking at the TechEd Europe conference, Microsoft's chief technology officer for Azure, Mark Russinovich, told V3 that these kinds of services are now a key focus for the firm's cloud strategy.
"The amount of data that is generated through the IoT and the processing for it are great opportunities for Azure," he said.
"The Batch Service we announced yesterday is focused on processing data, and this disruption that we're undergoing with mobile plus cloud needs services to deal with the ingestion and processing of large volumes of data."
Over the past few months, Microsoft has announced a range of other services designed to drive big data applications, including Azure SQL Database, Azure DocumentDB, Azure Search and Azure Machine Learning.
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