Azure IoT Suite Adds Device Management Capability, Azure HDInsight 3.6 Preview

Device management features added to the Azure IoT Suite remote monitoring preconfigured solution. A preview of Azure HDInsight 3.6 with Apache Spark 2.1. Azure Data Sync reaching GA.

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Micrrosoft recently introduced device management capabilities in the Azure IoT Hub, and today Februay 28, these features has been added to the Azure IoT Suite remote monitoring preconfigured solution.

The Azure IoT Suite simplifies deploying and orchestrating advanced services to give businesses a complete IoT solution from proof of concept to broader deployment.

With these new device management functionality, developers in IoT Suite will be able to quickly customize their device overview, queries and device lists—as they it helps move beyond telemetry processing, rule management, and visualization.

The enhancements include:

  • Synchronizing settings and metadata between the cloud and devices using device twins.
  • Performing an action on a connected device through the cloud using direct methods.
  • Broadcasting and orchestrating operations on multiple devices at a planned time through jobs.
  • Attesting the status and health for on or offline device collections using real-time, dynamic queries across device twins and jobs.
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  • Customizing device information overview by using Column Editor to provide a dynamic report for devices you want to monitor right now, writes Azure team.
Device Management Capability in Azure IoT Suite
Device Management Capability in Azure IoT Suite

A preview of Azure HDInsight 3.6, enabling you to try out all the features available in the open source release of Apache Spark 2.1, along with rich experience of using notebooks on Azure HDInsight.

Azure HDInsight 3.6 Preview with Apache Spark 2.1
Azure HDInsight 3.6 Preview with Apache Spark 2.1

Azure SQL Data Sync, that let users synchronize data bi-directionally between multiple Azure SQL Databases and/or on-premises SQL Databases, "is about to reach General Availability (GA), and will be available in the new Azure portal within the next few months," the team says.

Existing Data Sync customers will be moved to new Azure portal once it is available. And, those, using Data Sync with any on-premises databases, will need to download and configure new Sync Agent to complete the migration.

Once, the Data Sync service hits GA, new cost for the Sync Database, can be in any service tier. If you use Data Sync in multiple regions, you will need one Sync Database for each region. The service will also release in most regions.

This will come with several improvements to the service, including PowerShell and REST API support, improvements to security and privacy, and enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting.

The Documentation for Azure Information Protection has been updated on the web and the latest content has a February 2017, or later date. See the document here.

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