Microsoft Introduces IoT Plug and Play and Azure SQL Database Edge

Microsoft’s IoT Plug and Play allows developers to connect the IoT devices to cloud platforms without the need to write the embedded code

Software giant Microsoft introduced a no-code toolkit to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud – IoT Plug and Play and a small-footprint database engine for edge devices – Azure SQL Database Edge.

IoT Plug and Play is a new modeling language to instill IoT devices with the power of cloud, according to the company.

The solution is similar to the plug and play that allows the users of PC to connect peripherals without worrying about the interoperability. This database engine for edge devices allows developers to connect the IoT devices to cloud platforms without the need to write the embedded code.

The devices that can be supported by IoT Plug and Play are available in Azure IoT Device Catalog. Initially, these include ‘dozens’ from partners like Compal, Atmark Techno, Tokyo Electron Device, Seeed, Delta, Plat’Home, Sharp, Via, Branium, Thundercomm, Kyocera, Wistron and STMicroelectronics.

Faster way to build IoT devices

Commenting on the development, Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President – Cloud and Enterprise group, Microsoft, said, “Previously, software had to be written specifically for the connected device it supported, limiting the scale of IoT deployments. IoT Plug and Play provides developers with a faster way to build IoT devices and will provide customers with a large ecosystem of partner-certified devices that can work with any IoT solution.”

Microsoft’s Azure SQL Database Edge can migrate several capabilities provided by its Azure SQL Database and SQL server to the hardware-constrained devices. The solution will soon be available in preview to the members of Early Adopter Program. In addition, it is compatible with ARM and x64-based edge gateways and machines and provides low-latency analytics that integrate time-series data and data streaming, with in-database machine learning (ML) and support for graph data.

The other features of Database Edge include the policies that safeguard data at rest as well as in motion, support for cloud-connected and fully decentralised edge scenarios and a programming surface in common with Azure SQL Database and SQL Server. It works with the Microsoft Power BI, which is a business analytics service that simplifies the creation of dashboards, reports, etc.

“With Database Edge, you can easily take your applications to the edge without having to learn new tools and languages, allowing you to preserve consistency in application management and security control,” said Guthrie.

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