For more secure and robust IoT device management at scale, California-based Mender.io has released a connection with Microsoft‘s Azure IoT Hub. Mender.io manages over-the-air software upgrades for linked devices.
This Azure integration, designed for IoT product managers, software architects, and embedded developers, automates device provisioning in the Mender server by connecting them to the Azure IoT Hub. Users may provide and manage devices from a single device-centric online user interface, minimizing user complexity and the requirement to protect device-side passwords, resulting in improved security.
Azure Device Twins is also nested in Mender.io, allowing users to avoid developing their own device site for data merging. Instead, consumers can manage all of their device data using a single Mender online interface, which is both easier and more efficient. Users can also utilize Mender.io to define software deployments based on Azure IoT Hub data.
When Mender.io and Azure IoT Hub are combined, enterprise users have a single pane of glass with all the features they need to handle secure device software lifecycle management. This includes being able to update target devices in a variety of ways, such as:
- Update rollback in the event of an update failure;
- Phased rollout;
- Synchronized updates; and
- Delta updates
Without the integration, a user would have to transfer credentials from the Azure backend to each and every device, which would be a time-consuming procedure, particularly when growing up a device fleet.
“It saves time and bother by offering a single interface for device life cycle management and automatically provisioning devices to be ready to use,” said Mender CTO Eystein Mly Stenberg, “so you can focus on delivering value services for your consumers rather than constructing infrastructure.”