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This is our news, training, information and workshop area.
In here, we want to help you through the information jungle around Cloud technologies. We also want to keep things as easy and understandable as possible and are currently joining forces to get more and valuable content onto our Campus.

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Cloud News 2021 / Q1

The Wechsler Consulting Cloud News – 2021 / Q1 – episode tackles newest information originating from Microsoft Ignite 2021 around Azure and Azure IOT. Some very interesting changes regarding local/centralized computing as well as creators/innovators were announced.

Focus Topic this time is Azure IOT Device Update.
A long desired device management capability for Azure IOTHub.

Links

Microsoft Ignite 2021
Decentralized ComputingΒ  / Empower creators innovators
https://myignite.microsoft.com/sessions/5f16199c-9aae-40f2-a7ba-157a477faefd

Microsoft Mesh
Introducing Microsoft Mesh | Here can be anywhere.

Focus Topic
Azure IOT – Device Update
Introduction to Device Update for Azure IoT Hub | Microsoft Docs

Wechsler Consulting – Cloud Campus
Model your world – with Digital Twins!
Azure IOTHub – time to update endpoint filter

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Model your world – with Digital Twins!

And I mean this literally. What if you can access your town, streets, places, building etc. digitally via a twin? Everything needs to be secure and privacy guaranteed, of course (yes, I am German/European :-)), but, would this not open a lot of possibilities for new solutions and business models?
One would be able to conquer the space around us and easily provide location-based services. Just add a little bit of augmented reality and/or smart screens and science-fiction like scenarios become possible.
Sounds good? Well, than this episode of the Channel 9 IOT Show is a must see for you:

If you also add a spoonful of IOT Plug & Play to the stew, things are really able to take off!

Have a great week
Alexander

Azure IOTHub – time to update endpoint filter

There is a new and more secure IP-endpoint-filter out! The new one is more secure and the old one will be retired after a while. So, if you are using IOTHub in your solution, you need to upgrade!

Nevertheless, test the filter in your development environment, before rolling it out in production.
It should normally not have any negative effects, if you are using the endpoints in a standard way, but one only ever knows after trying it out.
πŸ™‚

Alexander

Cloud News 2020 / 12

The Wechsler Consulting Cloud News – December 2020 – episode provides insights on the newest Azure IOT Central features, the latest additions of virtual network private endpoints for Azure Automation and IOTHub as well as the release of Event Hubs on Azure Stack, which all have reached global availability (GA) this month.

Focus Topic of this month are Azure Digital Twins. A new platform service providing sophisticated querying and management capabilities for comprehensive IOT solutions. All backed by great infrastructure and Tool support.

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Azure Digital Twins reach Production

Azure Digital Twins are the virtual counterparts of systems, sensors or even complete factories in the real world.
The Digital-Twin concept has already around for a time and I have used it in several customer projects, to get a as-good-as real-time view on the state of complex systems. It comes with the additional benefit of having historical data, e.g. to follow up on errors, or predict the future with the help of machine learning algorithms. In addition, the ability to simulate and test possible future situations or different development scenarios with a close-to-reality model, cannot be overrated!

While these custom implementations are working great, it must be admitted that there is significant effort necessary to reach this goal.
Due to this, I consider Azure Digital Twins as the arrival of a game changing platform service for future IOT solutions. Azure Digital Twins save a lot of development effort, are very good integrated with other Azure IOT offerings such as IOTHub, IOT Central and build on IOT Plug & Play. This is taking the fast lane !
It is a powerful combination of services, which are going to revolutionize the way IOT solutions will be built in the coming years.
The good development story behind Twins is supported by great tools for visualizing and reporting. This is something often neglected by standard IOT approaches. Any neglection in this area is dangerous, because capable reporting and querying functionality is essential to run, maintain and evolve your solutions in field.

I predict the Azure Digital Twins will be seen quite often in upcoming solutions.
πŸ™‚

Alexander

Cloud News 2020 / 11

The Wechsler Consulting Cloud News – November 2020 – episode talks about renewable energy in Azure data centers in Sweden, the newest feature in Azure IOT and very helpful addition to create Azure Active Directory B2C custom user journeys, which are intended to solve one of the major pain point of this service.

Highlight and Focus Topic of this month is Microsoft Pluton. A new hard- and software security solution derived from Xbox and Azure Sphere now entering the PC stage.

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Azure Talk

Renewable energy in Sweden

https://azure.microsoft.com/de-de/blog/achieving-100-percent-renewable-energy-with-247-monitoring-in-microsoft-sweden

AAD B2C – User Flows

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-active-directory-identity/simple-and-secure-customization-with-b2c-user-flows/ba-p/1751709

IOT Plug and Play Bridge

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/iot-pnp/concepts-iot-pnp-bridge

Connect any IoT sensorto Azure | Internet of Things Show | Channel 9 (msdn.com)

Azure Sphere and Cellular Connectivity

Azure SphereCellular Connectivity | Internet of Things Show | Channel 9 (msdn.com)

Cellularconnectivity + Azure Sphere: securityboundaries – Microsoft Tech Community

New IOT Pricing

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/internet-of-things/democratizing-iot-with-iot-plug-and-play-and-new-pricing-for/ba-p/1902762

Focus Topic

Microsoft Pluton Processor

Meet the Microsoft Pluton processor – The securitychipdesigned for the futureof Windows PCs – Microsoft Security

Protect Azure Data Centers with Azure Sphere

https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2020/11/23/iot-security-how-microsoft-protects-azure-datacenters

Azure IOT Central – Updates

IOT Central is Microsoft’s low code, low effort, ease of use approach into the world of embedded projects. This is quite a demanding challenge, because real world problems tend to be complex and what can you do to make these simple in a tool?
Well, normally you start with defining an environment, to get rid at least of some of the parameters and thus reducing complexity. This is a valid approach, but for a tool/service vendor it carries the danger that the overlap of your defined environment to common real-world use cases of customers, is not large enough, or, as a worst case, even not existing.
Azure IOT Central, in the beginning, felt a bit like: great base features, but not enough to cover a complete project spectrum of demands.
Therefore, to me it was good for samples or a quick POC for a project. However, the IOT Central team kept improving steadily and so the product is getting more serious as we speak.

The newest update provides some very interesting features, like jobs that can be execute on devices (very important for device management), webhook improvements looking at identity management, device templates to support IOT Plug & Play as well as improvements on the dashboard.

At least for me enough new stuff to justify a closer and serious re-visiting look into IOT Central!

πŸ™‚
Alexander

.NET 5.0 is out!

… or, globally available (GA), as Microsoft tends to say.
Technically, this is absolutely great news, because the newest version of the Microsoft development runtime brings a lot of new features, fixes and performance improvements.
It also cleans out a lot of the past architectural wanderings, the .NET platform has undergone in the recent years.
A really good summary of the new features and changes can be found in the .NET Core documentation.

V5 – A new engine for .NET!


Nevertheless, I always stand in wonder, how the marketing guys find the most confusing names for new products. Must be a contest.
With .NET 5.0, this is hilarious!
It is not .NET (well classic!), but based on Core, while the ASP .NET and Entity Framework parts keep “Core” in their names and, by the way, it does not replace .NET Standard.
I give 10 out of 10 obfuscation points…..

But nevertheless, developers, this is a great runtime and SDK release, so lets get over the naming accidents.
As always! πŸ˜‰

Alexander