How Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Wants To Leap Over Amazon (AMZN) In The Cloud
The contest for the control of the cloud computing market is heating up between Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Although Amazon operates the largest cloud platform overall known as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft is hoping to at least jump over it in industrial IoT cloud computing category.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is preparing to take its second mission to the skies to test an advanced Azure IoT platform. The company is in the process of deploying a balloon equipped with multiple cameras and sensors into the stratosphere under an initiative known as Pegasus II. That follows a successful Pegasus I deployment early last year.
The Pegasus II mission will be different in many ways from the original mission. It will be complete with IoT platforms such as Event Hubs, Azure IoT Hub, Stream Analytics and Power BI. These features were lacking in Pegasus I, although the mission was largely success and inspired the follow up Pegasus II.
What happens with the floating enriched balloon?
The balloon that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be sending into the stratosphere will be loaded with 38 sensors and six cameras. These gears will make it possible to capture and send to the ground video feed and telemetry data in real-time.
The Pegasus II balloon will be capable of flying high up to 100,000 feet above the sea level.
The whole idea of Pegasus II is to help simplify the building and distribution of interactive applications. If Microsoft’s mission succeeds, it will be possible to build interactive applications even without employing sophisticated programming patterns.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) initially planned to deploy the Pegasus II balloon on Feb. 22, 2016, but delayed the mission because of a hitch in the system of the balloon. It has not announced a new date for deployment, but its team is ready for it any moment.
It will be interesting to see if Pegasus II helps Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) win the contest for industrial IoT market against Amazon’s AWS.
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