Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Mano Marks, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Carmen Gonzalez

Related Topics: @ThingsExpo, Java IoT, Mobile IoT, Linux Containers, Agile Computing, @BigDataExpo

@ThingsExpo: Article

Microsoft Product Mapping for the Internet of Things

The market potential for IoT is in the trillions of dollars globally per year and growing

As suggested by numerous reports and white papers by both big players and analysts, the market potential for IoT is in the trillions of dollars globally per year and growing. Microsoft has rightly adopted the enablement of IoT with appropriate platform and tools. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a variety of sensors and devices. While some of these services are still under limited public preview gaining appropriate expertise will help in meeting the challenges faced by new era of Ambient Intelligence.

Microsoft's Big Push on Machine Learning
The next big thing in computing is derived out of using Machine Learning techniques. Microsoft has come up with some important announcements recently.

The following announcements were made by Microsoft CEO in a recent customer event in San Francisco on April 15.

  • Limited public preview of the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. This new Azure service helps customers embrace the Internet of Things and securely connect to, manage and capture machine-generated data from sensors and devices, regardless of operating system.
  • Launch of SQL Server 2014. The latest version of the world's most widely deployed database delivers real-time performance with built-in in-memory technology and public cloud scale and disaster recovery with Microsoft Azure.

While these services are still under public beta and will take mainstream in a short while from now, the following reference architecture will help to make best use of them in the era of internet of things.

Reference Architecture for Internet of Things Intelligence
The following diagram shows a vendor agonistic view of an Intelligent Insight Enabler for Internet Of Things.

Event Producer
This layer represents the raw devices like sensors, machine sources which can generate massive quantities of events. By classical definition events does not mean anything disruptive or useful information always, most of the times they may be just raw messages which will not provide any meaning unless viewed within a context. This layer typically presents at , Ón Premise' mainly in plant floor, hospitals or even in homes.

Event Preprocessor
Events do get generated in massive quantities and most times event information is repetitive and not useful and hence event preprocessing layer will be useful to filter the duplicate and unwanted events and consider relevant events for further processing. Also events do get more significance if they are semantically enriched with context. While a more advanced form of semantic enrichment can happen in the next layer (Event Intelligence Processor), but basic semantic enrichment about the event like, it's location, relationship with other objects of interest will happen in this layer.

Event Intelligence Processor
This is the most important layer in the whole eco system and it typically present in cloud, given its needs to scale rapidly and handle massive quantities of data. It can typically utilize two kinds of processing to produce the intelligence from raw data.

  • In Memory Processor: In memory analytical engine for real time analytics needs.
  • Massively Parallel Processor: Batch engine to analyse even large quantities of data in near real time basis.

Intelligence processor will utilize second level of semantic enrichment which will further annotate the events beyond what is done by the pre processor. Enrichment at this stage will take care correlation among events from disparate sources. Finally the machine learning engine will utilize the past data conditions of the events and come up predictive outcomes which is the ultimate goal of the engine.

Event Insights Consumer
As evident from the name, Intelligence extracted by the Intelligence Processor' will be consumed by this layer using rich visualization features across multiple channels. This layer will also facilitate end user specific views, drill down and other dynamic filtering of intelligence output. It is quite possible that a IoT device could be a consumer of the machine intelligence generated, so that the preventive maintenance of the device can be taken care.

Microsoft Product Mapping For Internet Of things Ambient Intelligence
The following diagram shows the product mapping aligned with Microsoft vision of Internet of Things and associated Ambient Intelligence which can be drawn out of it. The product mapping boxes have been aligned with reference architecture so that a one to one mapping between the building blocks and associated products can be realized.

The following are the brief descriptions of the product mapping and their fitment , a detailed explanation about these products can be obtained from Microsoft web site and documentation.

Event Producer
The Windows Embedded family of operating systems and tools extends the power of Windows and Microsoft technologies, allowing you to create powerful, connected, industry devices and intelligent systems that can transform your business.

Event Preprocessor
Microsoft StreamInsightTM is a powerful platform that you can use to develop and deploy complex event processing (CEP) applications. Its high-throughput stream processing architecture and the Microsoft .NET Framework-based development platform enable you to quickly implement robust and highly efficient event processing applications.

Event Intelligence Processor
SQL Server 2014 delivers mission critical performance across all workloads with in-memory built in, faster insights from any data with familiar tools. It's In Memory analytics can process billion of rows in seconds as per Microsoft data sheet.

HDInsight is a Hadoop-based service from Microsoft that brings a 100 percent Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud. A modern, cloud-based data platform that manages data of any type, whether structured or unstructured, and of any size, HDInsight makes it possible for you to gain the full value of big data.

Polybase is a integration technology between structured data stored in SQL Server and Unstructured data stored in HDinsight HDFS. The Analytics Platform System brings Microsoft's massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse technology-the SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW)-together with HDInsight, Microsoft's 100% Apache Hadoop distribution, and delivers it as a turnkey appliance. To integrate data from SQL Server PDW with data from Hadoop, APS offers the PolyBase data querying technology.

Though the Polybase technology is part of a platform appliance, it is expected that in a Hybrid Cloud scenario enterprises can always make use of it and this may technology may also be available as part of Azure later.

SQL Server Analysis Services is probably most important part of this whole solution. It is often under looked from its capabilities perspective. However it has got very important algorithms to provide the required Machine Learning Capabilities for Internet Of things domain. The following are the important algorithms that will play a major role in machine learning.

Event Insights Consumer
Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 is a collection of features and services that enable you to visualize data, share discoveries, and collaborate in intuitive new ways. Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 provides an organization-wide self-service business intelligence (BI) infrastructure, and brings Excel workbook sharing, online collaboration, and IT infrastructure together into a holistic offering.

 

Summary
As suggested by numerous reports and white papers by both big players and analysts, the market potential for IoT is in the trillions of dollars globally per year and growing. Microsoft has rightly adopted the enablement of IoT with appropriate platform and tools. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a variety of sensors and devices. While some of these services are still under limited public preview gaining appropriate expertise will help in meeting the challenges faced by new era of Ambient Intelligence.

More Stories By Srinivasan Sundara Rajan

Highly passionate about utilizing Digital Technologies to enable next generation enterprise. Believes in enterprise transformation through the Natives (Cloud Native & Mobile Native).

@ThingsExpo Stories
"What is the next step in the evolution of IoT systems? The answer is data, information, which is a radical shift from assets, from things to input for decision making," stated Michael Minkevich, VP of Technology Services at Luxoft, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions with...
WebRTC sits at the intersection between VoIP and the Web. As such, it poses some interesting challenges for those developing services on top of it, but also for those who need to test and monitor these services. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Tsahi Levent-Levi, co-founder of testRTC, reviewed the various challenges posed by WebRTC when it comes to testing and monitoring and on ways to overcome them.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, discussed the best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
Every successful software product evolves from an idea to an enterprise system. Notably, the same way is passed by the product owner's company. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Oleg Lola, CEO of MobiDev, will provide a generalized overview of the evolution of a software product, the product owner, the needs that arise at various stages of this process, and the value brought by a software development partner to the product owner as a response to these needs.
@ThingsExpo has been named the ‘Top WebRTC Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @ThingsExpo ranked as the number one ‘WebRTC Influencer' followed by @DevOpsSummit at 55th.
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex softw...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it m...
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus o...
Big Data engines are powering a lot of service businesses right now. Data is collected from users from wearable technologies, web behaviors, purchase behavior as well as several arbitrary data points we’d never think of. The demand for faster and bigger engines to crunch and serve up the data to services is growing exponentially. You see a LOT of correlation between “Cloud” and “Big Data” but on Big Data and “Hybrid,” where hybrid hosting is the sanest approach to the Big Data Infrastructure pro...
In his General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, David Shacochis, host of The Hybrid IT Files podcast and Vice President at CenturyLink, investigated three key trends of the “gigabit economy" though the story of a Fortune 500 communications company in transformation. Narrating how multi-modal hybrid IT, service automation, and agile delivery all intersect, he will cover the role of storytelling and empathy in achieving strategic alignment between the enterprise and its information technology.
Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise and president of Intellyx, panelists peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud enviro...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...