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Microsoft Selects Avnet as First Distributor for Azure Sphere

16 April 2018

Microsoft has unveiled its Azure Sphere, a new solution for creating highly secured, internet-connected microcontroller (MCU) powered devices.

As part of the introduction to the new solution, Microsoft has selected Avnet Inc. as the first distributor and solutions provider.

Azure Sphere meets all seven properties of a highly secured device, including software, cloud and silicon.

“As more and more of the devices we use every day connect to the internet, securing both the devices and the data they collect is paramount,” says Rodney Clark, vice president of internet of things (IoT) at Microsoft. “Azure Sphere brings together Microsoft’s expertise in software, cloud and silicon to deliver a unique solution that provides security from the silicon to the cloud.”

Clark says Avnet will help bring Azure Sphere solutions to market based on the number of partners and customers the distributor has. Avnet’s Azure-based IoTConnect platform helps companies scale into vertical markets by addressing common IoT challenges and the addition of the Azure Sphere will only help solve these challenges more securely.

“Every aspect of our lives, at home and at work, is being changed by a connected world, and inherent security is vital to protecting both the devices and the related data they collect and share,” says Pete Bartolotta, chief transformation officer for Avnet. “Microsoft’s new Azure Sphere ensures a safe and secure connected experience from the intelligent edge up to the cloud, with Avnet enabling broad availability of Azure Sphere, and providing the end-to-end ecosystem for seamless design, manufacturing and supply chain services that will help partners and customers bring the next generation of Internet of Things solutions to market faster.”

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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