Microsoft's Azure Data Box Edge gets rugged, portable

Oct. 22, 2019
Ruggedized appliance is for forward-deployed units at the tactical edge for transferring data to and from the Microsoft Azure cloud computing network.

Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft is extending its Azure Data Box family with a new rugged version for military and similar operations that can fit in a backpack. ZDNet reports. Continue reading original article

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22 Oct. 2019 -- The new ruggedized Data Box is for "forward-deployed operating units, ground patrols, or similar mission needs at the tactical edge," officials say. The newest member, ruggedized Azure Data Box Edge, is an appliance for transferring data to and from the Microsoft Azure cloud computing network.

The device for data storage and data transfer to cloud computing is battery-powered and light. It's a variant of the current Data Box Edge appliance, and like that device can analyze, process and transform on-premises data before it is uploaded to Azure.

Microsoft announced this month that the new ruggedized Data Box Edge for data storage and data transfer would be coming soon and will meet the MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461 standards. Like the regular Data Box Edge, the device has an on-board field-programmable gate-array (FPGA) processor for accelerating machine learning, which should matter to military operations and other applications where speed is of the essence. Microsoft is partnering with Klas Telecom to make this new ruggedized device.

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