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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Electric Imp moves impCloud to Azure

By Nick Flaherty

One of the earliest IoT cloud providers, Electric Imp, has moved its impCloud private cloud onto Microsoft's Azure cloud as an additional supplier. The move highlights the increasing demands of the enterprise IT departments that will be running the systems, rather than an industrial IoT network.

Electric Imp's IoT platform supports 100 manufacturers and enterprises, with over a million IoT devices deployed in 105 countries. The system has fully integrated hardware, OS, security, APIs and cloud services purpose-built for the IoT to reduce cost and time to market while increasing security, scalability, and flexibility.

The integration with Azure IoT Hub enables Electric Imp’s customers to use Microsoft’s storage and advanced data analytics, while simplifying the setup and management of highly scalable, secure communications between the edge and cloud.

The platform includes independent security certification as the only IoT platform certified to UL 2900-2-2 with fail-safe OTA upgrades of both operating system and application and cloud middleware to address various real-world use cases. Pre-provisioned modules enable easy device manufacturing.

The integration is based on the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP), enabling commercial- and industrial-scale custom edge processing and data integration capabilities.

“We built our integration to virtually eliminate the complexities of deploying, commissioning, securing and managing IoT devices at scale for Microsoft Azure IoT Hub deployments,” said Hugo Fiennes, cofounder and CEO of Electric Imp. “We’re very pleased that customers can now focus on capturing and using their valuable business data instead of worrying about overcoming the constantly-changing challenges of first mile connectivity and security.”

“The information security measures required to operate an IoT software platform are greater than general software applications and services, and in particular for securing IoT infrastructure and applications in industrial and commercial settings,” said Abhi Dugar, Research Director, Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure Enabling Technologies & IoT Security at IDC. “With Electric Imp's Private impCloud availability on Microsoft's public cloud, customers can leverage Azure’s core strengths as a cloud service provider while simplifying and securing the often-complex challenges of large-scale IoT developments and deployments.”

“Our enterprise customers are looking to scale their deployments quickly and also find ways to further leverage their existing trusted relationship with Microsoft in IoT,” said Fiennes.“With the private impCloud for Microsoft Azure, our customers get their own managed instance of our entire platform, fully hosted within Azure. This enables simplified - and higher performance - integrations with other services such as Azure IoT Hub, and other Azure-deployed enterprise solutions.”

Using the private impCloud for Microsoft Azure allows IT departments to build on existing support relationships while using existing credits for cloud services. This strategy allows commercial and industrial customers to own the entire path between their devices and cloud systems, satisfying corporate data requirements and accelerating deployment of IoT technology across their organisations.

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