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Microsoft Expands Azure IoT Edge Support to Virtual Machines

February 11, 2019 / Daniel Hein

Microsoft recently announced an expansion to Azure’s Internet of things (IoT) intelligence service, Azure IoT Edge, that introduces virtual machine (VM) support. Azure IoT Edge is a fully-managed cloud intelligence service that monitors IoT devices and responds to critical data in real-time. The updates to Azure IoT Edge allow the service’s runtime to operate on VMs running various operating systems. Microsoft added VM support to provide a wider range of environments for users to deploy their IoT solution.Azure IoT Edge supports several VM environments, including Windows, Ubuntu, and Debian. In addition, Microsoft partnered with cloud infrastructure provider VMWare to run Azure IoT Edge using VMWare’s vSphere solution. The cooperation between Microsoft and VMWare gives customers a simplified avenue to integrate Azure IoT Edge.