Hirschmann OpEdge-8D is now a Microsoft Azure Certified Device

Microsoft certification affirms that the OpEdge-8D device has been pre-tested and verified to work with Azure IoT.

Belden, a leading global supplier of network infrastructure and digitization solutions, is pleased to announce that the Hirschmann OpEdge-8D has joined the Microsoft Azure Certified Device program. The Azure Certification ensures that customers get Internet of Things (IoT) solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Azure IoT. As an Azure Certified Device, the OpEdge-8D meets management standards for Azure connected devices while also being certified for IoT Plug and Play, allowing the building of devices that are easily integrated with cloud based IoT services and solutions.

In the pursuit of simplifying and accelerating IoT projects, companies are looking for effective ways to choose and connect the right set of devices, assets, or sensors to the cloud. To jumpstart IoT projects with confidence, customers are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility, and usability. Choosing an Azure certified device saves time and effort on project specs and RFP processes by knowing in advance what devices and offerings will work with Azure IoT.

The Hirschmann OpEdge-8Dis an industrial-grade edge gateway with a compact, DIN rail mount form factor that provides customers with a secure operating system (OS) and easy-to-use user interface (UI) for managing the networking and security features of the device, as well as user-defined containers and Virtual Machines (VMs). OpEdge-8D is also integrated with the Belden Horizon console for device management, secure remote access, and edge application orchestration at scale. Collectively this technology can be leveraged to connect Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems to support use cases where OT data needs to be processed to derive valuable insights for the user. The Hirschmann OpEdge-8D has been tested for functionality and interoperability, ensuring that it has used the Microsoft reference configuration.

Jeremy M. Friedmar, Director of Product Management for Edge Solutions at Belden Inc., said he was excited to receive the news about the certification. “Being part of the Microsoft Azure Certified Device program is further validation of our ability to jumpstart customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations,” said Friedmar. “Decreasing the usual customization and work required for compatibility ensures that we are helping customers get quickly started on their IoT solution.” The Hirschmann OpEdge-8D is already recognized as the premiere solution for the deployment of edge computing near OT data sources, and is suitable for use in any industrial setting, including manufacturing, energy, transportation, and machine building.

“We’re very pleased to be working with Microsoft as we continue strengthening our industrial solutions in our served markets,” said Friedmar.

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