Microsoft and Internet of Things (IoT) cloud services firm Jasper are bringing together their respective offerings to provide a comprehensive platform that will enable businesses to bring new IoT-based services to market faster.
Jasper, which styles itself as a global leader in IoT services, has designed the Jasper Control Centre cloud-based platform to enable third-party companies to operate services cost-effectively based around IoT applications on a global scale.
The company said that, through joint engineering efforts with Microsoft, the Control Centre will combine the power of its own IoT services platform with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite announced at Microsoft's Convergence event in Atlanta earlier this year.
However, as the Azure IoT Suite has yet to reach even preview status, it is unclear when any joint offering will be officially available. Azure Stream Analytics, which is a component part of the suite, is currently available.
Microsoft describes the Azure IoT Suite as an integrated offering that combines various relevant Azure capabilities to connect devices and capture data generated by them, then orchestrate the flow of that data and analyse and present it as useful information.
"Our vision for the Azure IoT Suite is to help companies thrive in this era of IoT by delivering preconfigured solutions and world class services that any company, whether startup or the most established global enterprise, can use to create new value. Jasper's IoT services platform is a critical component of delivering on this vision," said Sam George, director of Azure IoT at Microsoft.
Macario Namie, vice president of strategy at Jasper, added: "Through this strategic partnership with Microsoft, we continue to increase the business value of IoT by making it easier and faster for enterprises to bring their IoT services to market, and to scale those services globally."
Jasper claimed that the combination of its platform and the Azure IoT Suite will provide enterprises worldwide with a ready-made integrated platform to deliver a shorter time-to-market for IoT-based services, global visibility over IoT deployments, and the ability to make more automated business decisions.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also targeting the endpoint side of the IoT with versions of the Windows 10 platform, which launched this week, designed to power devices of various kinds.
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