We’re proud to be showcasing at Hannover Messe once again next week. Manufacturing continues to be one of the leading industries adopting IoT for a growing set of scenarios to improve safety, efficiency, and reliability for people and devices. Every year, I get to meet with partners and customers and learn about how their needs and use cases are growing and changing, as they continue to digitize their operations and deliver on the promise of Industry 4.0. They want security more integrated into every layer, protecting data from different industrial processes and operations from the edge to the cloud. They want to enable proof-of-concepts quickly to improve the pace of innovation and learning, and then scale quickly and effectively. And they want to manage digital assets at scale, not dozens of devices and sensors. Over the last year, we’ve made several significant additions to our IoT platform to address these needs, including the launch of Azure Digital Twins and Azure Sphere and the general availability of Azure IoT Central and Azure IoT Edge. Next week at Hannover Messe, we’re introducing a set of new product capabilities and programs that make it easier for our customers to build enterprise-grade industrial IoT
Customers who are taking a hybrid cloud approach are seeing real business value – I see this in organizations across the globe. The ability for customers to embrace both public cloud and local datacenter, plus edge capability, is enabling customers to improve their IT agility and maximize efficiency. The benefit of a hybrid approach is also what continues to bring customers to Azure, the one cloud that has been uniquely built for hybrid. We haven’t slowed our investment in enabling a hybrid strategy, particularly as this evolves into the new application pattern of using intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
Before I dive into what’s new, I want to take a moment to share why Microsoft is so passionate about enabling a hybrid approach. It stems from a deep understanding of our customers and their businesses over the past several decades. We want every organization on the planet to benefit from cloud innovation. Fundamentally, hybrid enables every organization to participate in this technology transformation. Beyond this, we see the leading experiences enabled by tapping into both the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, creating optimized experiences for literally every use case.
Today, I’m pleased to share some new products and updates to
This blog post was co-authored by Patrick Mendenall, Principal Program Manager, Azure.
We are excited to join the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week to learn what’s new and share our work in Azure focused on enabling modern, global games via cloud and cloud-native technologies.
Cloud computing is increasingly important for today’s global gaming ecosystem, empowering developers of any size to reach gamers in any part of the world. Azure’s 54 datacenter regions, and its robust global network, provides globally available, high performance services, as well as a platform that is secure, reliable, and scalable to meet current and emerging infrastructure needs. For example, earlier this month we announced the availability of Azure South Africa regions. Azure services enable every phase of the game development lifecycle from designing, building, testing, publishing, monetizing, measurement, engagement, and growth, providing:
Compute: Gaming services rely on a robust, reliable, and scalable compute platform. Azure customers can choose from a range of compute- and memory-optimized Linux and Windows VMs to run their workloads, services, and servers, including auto-scaling, microservices, and functions for modern, cloud-native games. Data: The cloud is changing the way applications are designed, including how data is processed and stored. Azure provides high availability,
The world of computing goes deep and wide on working on issues related to our environment, economy, energy, and public health systems. These needs require modern, advanced solutions that were traditionally limited to a few organizations, are hard to scale, and take a long time to deliver. Microsoft Azure delivers High Performance Computing (HPC) capability and tools to power solutions that address these challenges integrated into a global-scale cloud platform.
Whether it’s a manufacturer running advanced simulations, an energy company optimizing drilling through real-time well monitoring, or a financial services company using AI to navigate market risk Microsoft’s partnership with NVIDIA makes access to NVIDIA GPUs easier than ever.
Join us in San Jose next week at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference to learn how Azure customers combine the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud with the capability of NVIDIA GPUs. We will share examples of work we’ve done in oil & gas, automotive, artificial intelligence, and much more. Also, be on the lookout for new and exciting integrations between Azure AI and NVIDIA that bring GPU acceleration to more developers.
Microsoft sessions at the conference include: Using ONNX for Accelerated Inferencing on Cloud and Edge – Prasanth Pulavarthi (Microsoft) Accelerated
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an ongoing journey. Three years ago, when I entered this business, the world of IoT was in its infancy. Traditional industry technology adopters understood the importance of innovation and implemented isolated solutions to address discrete business issues such as inventory management, loss prevention, logistics management, and other such processes that could be automated.
Digital transformation requires that these solutions be connected so that the data can be collected and analyzed more effectively across systems to drive exponential improvements in operations, profitability, and customer and employee loyalty. The advent of sensors and analytics at the edge plus advancements in cloud platforms and data analytics is enabling this. Systems and services are now connected to provide more holistic solutions that deliver value through operational or profitability improvements and in many cases, through new revenue streams.
The creation of these solutions typically requires an ecosystem of partners. This is where Microsoft provides a distinct advantage, through our partner-plus-platform-approach, that is driving change in IoT technology adoption. Microsoft has committed $5 billion in IoT-focused investments to grow and support our partner ecosystem–specifically through unrelenting R&D innovation in critical areas, like security, new development tools and intelligent services, artificial
The Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit 2019 kicks off today in San Jose where a vibrant and growing community is sharing the latest in innovation to make hardware more efficient, flexible, and scalable.
For Microsoft, our journey with OCP began in 2014 when we joined the foundation and contributed the very same server and datacenter designs that power our global Azure cloud, but it didn’t stop there. Each year at the OCP summit, we contribute innovation that addresses the most pressing challenges for our industry, including a modular and globally compatible server design and universal motherboard with Project Olympus to enabling hardware security with Project Cerberus to a next generation specification for SSD storage with Project Denali.
This year we’re turning our attention to the exploding volume of data being created daily. Data is at the heart of digital transformation and companies are leveraging data to improve customer experiences, open new markets, make employees and processes more productive, and create new sources of competitive advantage as they work toward the future of tomorrow.
Data – the engine of Digital Transformation
The Global Datasphere* which quantifies and analyzes the amount of data created, captured, and replicated in any given year
Welcome to the Cloud Commercial Communities monthly webinar and podcast update. Each month the team focuses on core programs, updates, trends, and technologies that Microsoft partners and customers need to know to increase success using Azure and Dynamics. Make sure you catch a live webinar and participate in live QA. If you miss a session, you can review it on demand. Also consider subscribing to the industry podcasts to keep up to date with industry news.
Upcoming in March 2019 Webinars Getting Started with High Performance Computing (HPC)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10AM Pacific Commandments of Outstanding Presentation Slides
Thursday, March 21, 2019 9AM Pacific Launching the New H Series of High-Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10AM Pacific Securely Migrating to Azure with F5
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10AM Pacific Podcasts Changing Everything for Retailers
Thursday, March 7, 2019 Growing a culture of innovation at FIS with InnovateIN48
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Recap for February 2019 Webinars Optimize Your Marketplace Listing with Featured Apps and Services
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:00 AM PST
Do you have an application or service listed on Azure Marketplace or AppSource? Looking to optimize your listing to be more discoverable by customers? Discoverability in Azure Marketplace and AppSource
The Internet of Things (IoT) has expanded the world of computing far beyond mobile and PC, bringing a new and ever-growing class of cloud-connected devices that is on track to reach 20 billion devices by 2020. This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) programming reflects this profound shift, where IoT is transforming industries from agriculture to retail, leveraging emerging technologies including AI, Mixed Reality, edge computing, 5G, and more to not only accelerate business but to also address societal issues like improving our global food supply, reducing energy use, and waste.
IoT unlocks the power of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, enabling businesses to take informed actions based on real-time insights from any physical part of their business. Customers including Chevron, Volkswagen, Kohler, CBRE, Thyssenkrupp, and more are embracing IoT as critical to their technology portfolio and using it to optimize business processes, create new connected experiences, and manage digital and physical assets at scale.
Today, Microsoft made a series of announcements for new devices and cloud services that will further increase the strategic value of IoT. Microsoft boasts one of the fastest growing IoT partner ecosystems in the market, with 10,000 IoT partners developing intelligent edge to intelligent cloud
Microsoft IoT Show, the place to go to hear about the latest announcements, tech talks, and technical demos, is starting a new interactive, live-streaming event and technical video series called IoT Deep Dive!
Each IoT Deep Dive will bring in a set of IoT experts, like Joseph Biron, PTC CTO of IoT, and Chafia Aouissi, Azure IoT Senior Program Manager, during the first IoT Deep Dive, “Building End to End industrial Solutions with PTC ThingWorx and Azure IoT.” Join us on February 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Pacific Standard Time to walk-through end to end IoT solutions, technical demos, and best practices.
Come learn and ask questions about how to build IoT solutions and deep dive into intelligent edge, tooling, DevOps, security, asset tracking, and other top requested technical deep dives. Perfect for developers, architects, or anyone who is ready to accelerate going from proof of concept to production, or needs best practices tips while building their solutions.
PTC ThingWorx and Microsoft Azure IoT are proven industrial innovation solutions with a market-leading IoT cloud infrastructure. Sitting on top of