Ubuntu jumps into Internet of Things with Acer, GE, and Microsoft

by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

ZDNet reports on the recently announced partnership among Canonical, Microsoft, DataArt and Acer.

"Old enemies are becoming new allies as technology shifts from the PC/desktop model to first mobile computing and now the Internet of Things (IoT). CanonicalUbuntu Linux's parent company, is partnering with Acer, DataArt, and Microsoft.

That wasn't a typo. Canonical and Microsoft, which were already working together on bringing Canonical's Juju DevOps tools to Windows and bringing Windows Server to OpenStack, are working with DataArt on an IoT industrial predictive maintenance solution. It will combine the three companies' IoT, cloud, big data, machine learning, and Docker efforts. To integrate all of this they'll be using "Snappy" Ubuntu apps, DeviceHive, and Juju Charms. Microsoft will also use an Azure service to manage and capture machine data.

With devices becoming smarter, smaller, and cost points dropping with increasing scale and demand, we are seeing exciting innovation in the IoT market," said Anko Duizer, Microsoft EMEA's Director Technical Evangelism & Development. "Smart industrial systems need secure information flow from and to millions of devices and systems to gain and act on data driven insights. DataArt, with their development of the DeviceHive platform, combines specialized technology and vertical expertise that can now be easily consumed via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace."

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