Azure Takes Center Stage at Microsoft Build Day One

Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, kicked off yesterday. Per usual, the day one keynote included a number of product announcements and updates. The cloud was the dominant theme and new Azure products and features took center stage on day one.

First, Microsoft Azure IoT Edge, a fully managed service built on top of Azure IoT Hub, now integrates with Kubernetes, Google’s open source Container orchestration Framework. Microsoft also announced updates to Azure IoT Central, an IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. These updates include better rules processing when working with data or funneling it to analytics services, as well as cosmetic upgrades to dashboards and data visualizations. The Kubernetes Integration is currently in preview while the IoT Central updates will be made available for select customer trials.

Next, Microsoft announced a new API for Azure Maps. The Azure Mobility Service API provides real-time public transit information. Data available includes stops, route information, travel time estimations and more. The API is expected to be available in June as a preview version.

On the database side of Azure, Microsoft announced a serverless Azure SQL Database. Azure SQL Database Edge is currently in private preview. The tool brings SQL engine computing capability to the edge. Microsoft expects it to be particularly helpful for data streaming and other time series applications. Once an application is developed, it can easily be deployed anywhere by having a common programming surface area across Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on-premises, and Azure SQL Database Edge.

Microsoft launched preview versions of two new features for its Azure Data Factory. Azure Data Factory is Microsoft's hybrid data integration service. The two new features include Mapping Data Flows and Wrangling Data Flows. Mapping Data Flows allows users to develop graphical data transformation logic at scale, without the use of any code. Wrangling Data Flows allow users to discover data without writing code.

Finally, Azure Managed Disks, Microsoft's virtual hard disk, has increased its upload capability. It now supports direct uploads from 32GB to 32 TiB. Azure wasn't the only news from day one, but it certainly captured the lion's share of attention. Stayed tuned for more updates from Build 2019.

Be sure to read the next Internet of Things article: Google Predicts IoT Devices to Overtake Non-IoT by 2025