Azure Partner Roundup: IoT; AIOps; Cloud networking

April 13 2021

Friendly Technologies launches a new IoT solution, Digitate deploys AIOps for Azure through Azure Marketplace, and Alkira partners with Microsoft for cloud networking.

Friendly Technologies launches new IoT solution

Friendly Technologies, an Israel-based IoT device management company announced the launch of a new "Plug & Play" solution for Azure IoT. The offering integrates with IoT Hub and IoT Plug & Play and supports automated connectivity for standard IoT devices with LwM2M & TR-369/USP. The integration project started a year ago, working with Microsoft, and is aimed at connecting devices that were previous not eligible for connection.

Support includes ways to create and update devices, templates, and device credentials in IoT Central. Additionally, it encompasses provisioning in Azure Device Provisioning Services together with bidirectional communication with IoT Hub Device Twins.

"Friendly's One-IoT platform includes a host of Cloud connectors, such as Kafka, AMQPS, PubSub, MQTTS, and other stream protocols, which allows our solution to be Cloud Ready. Our One-IoT™ solution is cloud and device-agnostic, and we're especially proud of the fact that we were the first in the world to connect LwM2M IoT devices to Microsoft's Azure IoT more than 18 months ago, and we are the first in the world to release our Azure IoT Plug & Play connector," stated Sean van der Walt, Friendly Technologies' IoT Product Director.

"IoT Enterprises, utilities, carriers/operators, and service providers now have the ability to seamlessly connect their IoT assets to Cloud platforms, to scale their service operations, to streamline the costs for mass deployment, and to optimize operations for their service personnel, thereby creating business efficiencies and improving business returns across the value chain," added Ilan Migdal, Friendly Technologies' CEO, in a statement.

Digitate deploys AIOps for Azure through Azure Marketplace

Digitate, which describes itself as an autonomous enterprise software provider, announced the availability of ignio AIOps for Azure in the Azure Marketplace. The offering is aimed at consolidating context for Azure subscriptions based on historical capacity and performance metrics. It aims to detect and assess deviations in system behavior, predicting future states.

The offering includes Event Management, Cloud Blueprint, Cloud Analysis, and Cloud Health Check options.

"As we continue to rapidly expand our partner ecosystem, we are thrilled to partner with a trusted brand like Microsoft in getting ignio AIOps for Azure to the teams that need it most. Our hope is that this integration will be a steppingstone to an era of intelligent IT operations and more manageable cloud environments for businesses around the globe," said Akhilesh Tripathi, CEO at Digitate, in a statement.

Alkira partners with Microsoft for cloud networking

Alkira announced a collaboration with Microsoft for Startups and deployed its Cloud Services Exchange in Azure Marketplace. Alkira's Network Cloud platform leverages Azure and is aimed at reducing complexity for connected cloud environments.

"Our start-up program gives new businesses access to the incredible resources of Microsoft and helps to bring the benefits of exciting new technologies like Alkira’s Network Cloud platform to Microsoft’s Azure customers. Alkira’s platform provides a powerful and flexible set of capabilities to leverage the power of Azure to deploy fully featured cloud networks," Jeff Ma, General Manager of Microsoft for Startups stated.

"The time, cost and complexity of building networks in the cloud with end-to-end security and management visibility are major challenges holding back digital transformation. Our service was developed to help businesses overcome the trade-offs, complexity and long lead times associated with cloud networking. The Alkira Network Cloud platform accelerates the deployment and simplifies the management of cloud workloads, leaving customers free to focus on the objectives of their business," said Amir Khan, CEO and Founder of Alkira, in a statement.

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