Microsoft Azure Unveils Real-Time Tools for IoT and Big Data Application Developers

Microsoft’s public cloud platform Azure is continuing to add functionality for Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) with the preview launch of Stream Analytics and Data Factory, and general availability launch of Azure Event Hubs.

Azure Stream Analytics is an event processing engine which helps uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and data. It could be used in IoT scenarios such as real-time fleet management or gaining insights from devices like mobile phones or connected cars.

Azure Data Factory helps orchestrate and manage diverse data such as an on-premise SQL Server database, and cloud data like Azure SQL Database, blobs, and tables. Data Factory helps assess end-to-end data pipeline health across various sources, and pinpoint issues and troubleshoot them.

Azure Event Hubs is capable of logging millions of events per second in near real time. The data is collected into “Event Hubs”, which can then be used with real-time analytics services such as Stream Analytics.