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Microsoft Takes Lead In Moving The Public Cloud Towards The Edge

At Build 2017, Microsoft has outlined its plan to take Azure beyond the public cloud towards the edge. Branded as Azure IoT Edge, this offering exploits the growth in enterprise IoT and industrial automation.

During the early days of Cloud Computing, the key differentiating factor of the providers was the number of regions followed by the breadth of services. With the global presence and a comprehensive set of services, Amazon has been enjoying the attention and the leadership position in the industry. But the market dynamics are changing rapidly, and the key competitors of AWS are moving fast. Global footprint, broad service portfolio, rapid shipping cycles are the new norm in the industry. Both Microsoft and Google are turning out to be serious contenders giving stiff competition to Amazon. Microsoft’s recent updates to Azure indicate its aggressive strategy to outsmart the competition

In the current context, the core IaaS offerings such as virtual machines, storage, and virtual networks are table stakes. The real opportunity lies in delivering intelligent solutions powered by Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to enterprise customers. In scenarios such as industrial automation, this intelligence layer needs to be closer to the devices reducing the latency. Many use cases in the manufacturing and healthcare domains cannot afford the round trip to the public cloud. Edge Computing emulates the public cloud capabilities by bringing intelligence closer to the devices.

Though there are a few offerings in the market, Microsoft’s Azure IoT Edge is the most comprehensive solution for industrial IoT implementations. Azure IoT Edge is a software that can run on both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. It supports x86 and ARM architectures making it possible to run on smaller devices such as Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone. Developers can use a variety of languages including C, Node.js, Java, Python, and C# to develop applications. Azure IoT Edge delivers local device management while relying on the concept of device twins to handle offline scenarios. When the connectivity gets established, all the changes made to the edge will be automatically synchronized with the cloud.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.