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Microsoft is kicking off a limited preview of a new Azure cloud service


Microsoft is making available a new cloud service, known as the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service that will allow users to capture and manage machine-generated data from sensors and devices.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the availability of a limited preview of the service during a data-focused customer and press event in San Francisco on April 15.

Businesses will be able to use Microsoft data-analysis tools like HD Insight, its Azure Hadoop service, and Power BI, its business intelligence service, to capture and analyze the data from that service.

Microsoft’s Embedded business is now known internally as its Internet of Things (IoT) team. At the company’s Build 2014 developer conference in early April, Microsoft execs talked up plans to enable Azure to manage IoT devices.

But this new Azure Intelligent Systems Service will manage not just Windows-based devices but devices running other operating systems.

Those interested in applying to be part of the limited public preview of the Azure Intelligent Systems Service can get more information here. Microsoft’s site describes the service this way:

The Azure service “provides agents and open-source agent software to support heterogeneous operating systems and protocols across LoB (line of business) assets, alleviating barriers from custom solutions that take many months to implement and may have limitations supporting diverse environments. The result is a more comprehensive and much faster solution to deliver, accelerating adoption and deployment to yield enterprise value. A unified approach to security distinguishes the solution with enterprise-grade security developed and supported by Microsoft.”

At the Microsoft data insights event, officials also announced another new product, called the Analytics Platform System (APS). APS combines SQL Server and Hadoop into a single offering that Microsoft is touting as providing “big data in a box.”

During the event, various Microsoft officials provided demonstrations of recently released Microsoft products, including PowerBI for Office 365 and SQL Server 2014, which includes built-in “Hekaton” in-memory transaction processing technology.

Source: Associated Press

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