We are excited with today’s announcement that our smart grid, water and cities partner, Itron, has selected the Azure cloud as its preferred platform for cloud analytics. The smart grid is a definitive Internet of Things (IoT) scenario and the cloud is fueling the rise of IoT with its scale on a global basis to absorb data and process that data for business value. Couple the global scale and massive storage and computing power of Azure with the ability to analyze all data with powerful, familiar tools allows Utilities to get business insights faster and accelerates time to value. image

As Jeff Carkhuff, vice president of global product management for electricity at Itron says “With Microsoft Azure, Itron can provide even better and faster service to our customers, accelerating the deployment of Itron Analytics while reducing costs”

We applaud Itron’s vision of utilizing the cloud to help their customers better manage their energy, water and city resources. You can read the full press release here. May the Cloud be with You!  – Jon C. Arnold