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Microsoft Collaborates with DataStax to Create a Scalable Internet of Things Infrastructure

Microsoft has collaborated with Apache Cassandra retailer DataStax to create an IoT infrastructure that provides integrated analytics, linear scalability, and resilience to failure.


The vast number of interconnected devices and sensors has resulted in a huge amount of growth opportunity for businesses. DataStax, who sells Apache Cassandra, as well as analytics and other services, is no exception.

The company collects a variety of data, including telemetry from boilers, data from thermostats, web and mobile applications, and more.

Now, with the help of Microsoft’s Azure, DataStax has brought all of that together into a scalable, resilient IoT architecture.

Microsoft’s white paper on the subject states, “the analytics components of DataStax Enterprise can be leveraged to implement the stream processing and analytics portions of the Azure IoT reference architecture.”

Advantages of the IoT Infrastructure

The client can deploy the architecture using Azure Resource Manager VMs, or on hardware directly. This means they can use a single database structure across hybrid cloud IoT deployments. According to Microsoft, this simplifies things by avoiding the need for maintenance on multiple infrastructure types.

It also offers three more benefits to DataStax Enterprise customers:

  • Linear Scalability – Able to scale to hand millions of transactions per second
  • Resilience to Failure – DataStax Enterprise provides node fault tolerance, rack fault tolerance and data center level disaster tolerance
  • Integrated Analytics – Support for graph databases, full text search and machine learning.”

Some major companies use DataStax Internet of Things including Aeris Communication, Zonar, I2O Water and NREL. IoT generated over $613 billion in global profits in 2013, and with the Redmond giant’s help that will only grow.

You can read Microsoft’s blog post on the matter here, as well as read the full white paper documentation.

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