Moxa releases IIoT edge gateway for Microsoft Azure IoT Edge to accelerate edge-to-cloud integration

Moxa Inc., a provider in industrial communication and networking, has announced the availability of its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Edge Gateway that pre-installs 
Microsoft Azure IoT Edge to provide Microsoft Azure customers with an easy-to-use solution to extend their IT infrastructure and enable OT data connectivity within their industrial applications.

To enable further OT/IT convergence, the industrial-grade edge gateway is also optimised for IIoT applications in the factory automation, intelligent transport system (ITS), energy, and oil and gas sectors. Moxa’s IIoT Edge Gateway also integrates Moxa’s industrial protocol expertise, offers 10-year long-term Linux support, and facilitates optimised device management for large-scale deployments.

Integrating Azure IoT Edge with Moxa’s IIoT gateways, built on Moxa Industrial Linux, benefits customers through long product longevity, secure file system writing, and enables improved security through continuous security patches within a 10-year long-term supporting period. Combining this with Moxa’s industrial protocol expertise provides cloud connectivity for existing brownfield applications.

“We are excited about our collaboration on Azure because this will enable our customers to take advantage of three decades of OT, industrial networking, and protocol expertise that Moxa offers while enabling tighter integration with IT expertise from Microsoft,” said Andy Cheng, president, strategic business unit, Moxa.

“The Azure cloud infrastructure with Azure Stream Analytics, machine learning, device provisioning, and security combined with device connectivity, configuration, and industrial protocols from Moxa offer an integrated starting point for our Industrial IoT customers.”

The compact edge gateway is based on a low-power Arm Cortex-A8 1 GHz processor and is built for industrial IoT environments with many advantages, which include:

  • Moxa Industrial Linux based on Debian open platform with 10-year long-term support
  • Industrial-grade fanless design and DIN-rail mounting
  • -40 to 70°C wide operating temperature range with LTE module installed
  • Dual auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports

“Moxa has worked closely with our team to integrate into our Azure IoT ecosystem with their IIoT Edge Gateways. We are pleased they will offer Azure IoT Edge pre-installed in order to streamline customers’ initial experience with development and, ultimately, deployment of Azure IoT solutions. Moxa brings a deep level of OT expertise to our Azure ecosystem,” said Sam George, director, Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp.

Moxa’s proprietary 10-year long-term Linux support with Moxa Industrial Linux addresses the needs of long-term software for the power, water, oil and gas, transportation, and building automation industries. It also offers an extensive range of security fixes, making IIoT projects secure and sustainable.

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