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Intelligent edge innovation across data, IoT, and mixed reality

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

Discover even more possibilities with Azure IoT. Check the Building IoT Solutions with Azure: A Developer’s Guide to get started.

Intelligent edge innovation across data, IoT, and mixed reality

We are at an incredibly exciting technology inflection point. The virtually limitless computing power of the cloud, combined with increasingly connected and perceptive devices at the edge of the network, create possibilities we could only have dreamed of just a few years ago – possibilities made up of millions of connected devices, infinite data, and the ability to create truly immersive multi-sense, multidevice experiences.


While much attention has been paid to the cloud innovations, the advancements at the edge are becoming equally remarkable. And, of course, the experiences built using the cloud and edge together are what become truly transformative. The intelligent cloud and intelligent edge application pattern, transforms the way we can interact with digital information and further blend the physical and digital worlds for greater societal benefit and customer innovation.


Today’s announcements put us a few steps closer toward these outcomes:

  • Azure SQL Database Edge – A small footprint database engine optimized for the edge, with AI built-in

  • IoT Plug and Play – Connect IoT devices to the cloud without writing any code

  • HoloLens 2 Development Edition – All the tools needed to get started building mixed reality experiences


Azure SQL Database Edge

In our work to address the unique requirements for data security and analytics on the edge, we are excited to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database Edge, which brings to the edge the same performant, secure, and easy to manage SQL engine that our customers love in Azure SQL Database and SQL Server.


This new offering also adds capabilities that are optimized for edge scenarios, including:

  • Support for Arm and x64-based interactive devices and edge gateways.

  • Low latency analytics on the edge by combining data streaming and time-series, with in-database machine learning and support for graph data.

  • Industry leading security capabilities that Azure SQL Database offers to protect data at rest and in motion on edge devices and edge gateways. Manage security policies and updates from a central management portal such as Azure IoT Central.

  • Ability to develop applications once and deploy anywhere by having a common programming surface area across Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on-premises, and Azure SQL Database Edge.

  • Support for both cloud connected and fully disconnected edge scenarios. Gain cloud scale by connecting edge scenarios to Azure. Enable fully disconnected edge scenarios with local compute and storage.

  • Supports business intelligence with Microsoft Power BI and other BI tools.

Join the Early Adopter Program to access the preview and get started building your next intelligent edge solution.


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