Episode 160 A deep dive into Microsofts IoT security platform

Nice!. Seeing the website, that makes more sense considering the niceforyou in the URL name. The other way would be a bit creepy.

Our guest this week is Galen Hunt fromMicrosoft, who has been working on the Azure Sphere product for the last four years. He shares why Microsoft attacked IoT security with a hardware, OS and cloud product and shared how far Redmond is willing to go on openness. He also talked about the revenue model, support life and other practical aspects. Youll walk away from this one a lot smarter.

Im curious if the reference to Nice should be pronounced like niece as in the city in France rather than nice?

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Guest: Galen Hunt, partner managing director atMicrosoft

This weeks show is all aboutMicrosofts new IoT security product, Azure Sphere. Kevin and I start with that, before talking about anew checklistfrom the Online Trust Alliance explaining how to secure your enterprise IoT gear. We then discuss acquisitions such asNice buying a 75% stake in home security startup abodeLutron buying professional lighting company Ketra, and the possibility thatGoogle might acquire Nokias health assets. In news bits, we talk aboutAugusts new unlocking powersTwilios new SIM offeringsmart pet transportandVMwares new lab settingfor its IoT software. Kevin shares his thoughts onHomeKit sensors from Fibaroand we answer a question about doorbells.

When you mentioned that the new Microsoft Azure Sphere offering included a MCU based system that was running Linux on a Cortex-M processor, I got real curious as to how they did that. Im not aware of a Linux distro that can run on a Cortex-M, but then the A9 was mentioned then it made sense. Looking at the specs for the MediaTek MT3620, it is running dual Cortex-M4F cores along with a A9 (ARMv7-A) core where the A9 runs the Linux OS and the M4F cores are used for I/O and GPIO processing as well as secure boot. The A9 is similar to what is run in the older Raspberry Pi 2 where the newer ones run a Cortex-A53 Quad-core 64-bit CPU. What is interesting is that the MT3620 also has an Andes N9 32-bit RISC core for the dual-band Wi-Fi radio. Im looking forward for any development board they come out with so I can give it a spin.

Thanks for entertaining me at least one day a week on my daily Walkabout.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.View all posts by Stacey Higginbotham

I had asked and the PR person told me it was Nice as in friendly not as in the city in France. But I had that same thought.

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Thanks for the info on VMWare Pulse IoT Center. Ive heard talk about running virtual machines on small systems such as a Raspberry Pi or even running something like Docker, so the IoT Center does look interesting. Ive worked quite a bit with VMWare products in the past and this looks like a smart move on their part. I do wonder how VMWare feels about the Azure Sphere name considering VMWare already has their vSphere platform.

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