Azure IoT or Azure IoT suite is a collection of services and solutions built by Microsoft to help clients create end-to-end IoT applications on Azure. Azure IoT is an open platform which could be utilized to build, customize and manage IoT applications.
The collection of IoT goods from Microsoft Azure includes IoT Fundamentals, IoT Central, IoT Hub, IoT Edge, IoT Solution Accelerators, Azure Digital Twins, IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Functions, Event Grid, Machine Learning, Stream Analytics, Logic Apps, Notification Hubs, Azure Cosmos DB, API Management and Azure Sphere.
Azure IoT Timeline:
February 4, 2016: Microsoft admits the general availability of the Azure IoT Hub service.
December 5, 2017: Microsoft admits the public preview of Azure IoT Central
April 16, 2018: Microsoft admits the launching of the Azure Sphere.
June 27, 2018: Microsoft starts Azure IoT Edge
October 15, 2018: Microsoft established a preview of Azure Digital Twins.
Azure IoT Central: This completely managed SAAS solution for IoT may be utilized to connect, monitor and manage IoT resources at scale. Since the underlying infrastructure is handled by Microsoft Azure, IoT applications could be found in hours. Microsoft states that clients don’t want cloud improvement expertise to utilize IoT Central.
Azure IoT solution accelerators: This service provides templates (preconfigured solutions) which may be employed to build customizable solutions to the most typical Internet of Things scenarios.
For instance, clients can utilize a preconfigured remote monitoring solution accelerator to accumulate, assess real-time information and receive automatic alarms, while predictive maintenance solution accelerator may be used to examine information from connected devices to predict and protect against equipment failures, instead of building such applications from the scratch.
Azure IoT Hub: The Hub as the name indicates, facilitates bi-directional communication between IoT applications and devices, from the device to the cloud and also out of the cloud to the device.
This service is designed to connect, monitor and manage IoT assets. IoT Hub is a Platform-as-a-service that supports open-ended SDKs and multiple protocols. It may be utilized to maintain a close watch on the condition of IoT devices, provide device authentication, automate IoT device registration and provisioning.
Azure IoT Edge: This completely managed service enables clients to conduct many Azure services directly on IoT devices. Customers can assess information on the devices instead of sending them to the cloud for further processing, which reduces latency and increases the rate decisions.
Since Azure IoT device direction automatically syncs the most recent state of devices when the device is connected, it permits border devices to function offline as well as if the connection is inferior.