This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized grouping of press. The two new tools worth noting are Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Analytics Platform System.
Azure Intelligent Systems Services is an attempt to unite the cloud and the Internet of Things. According to Microsoft, the service collects data from « line-of-business assets » and gets that information into the cloud safely.
This matters as it is widely expected that the number of sensors that we have, both in technology and non-technology products, will grow. The Internet of Things, though no one really seems to know what it is, appears to be arcing towards some sort of broad connectivity of previously unintelligent objects that have long been part of our daily lives.
Microsoft would like to power that new data storage, processing, and transfer with its cloud…
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