Ericsson Cloud Connect & Azure provides easy and secure connections to public cloud
Ericsson is a stable and trusted partner providing IoT Accelerator (IoTA) Cellular Connectivity Management Platform (CMP) as a Service to Communications Service Providers and the Cloud Connect product to Enterprises to reduce the complexity of attaching constrained devices to a public endpoint on Microsoft Azure IoT Hub.
Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Central are rapidly becoming the most popular endpoints for connecting IoT devices. However, they are optimized for advanced gateways and broadband devices and have limited support for low-power devices. IoT Accelerator Cloud Connect allows low-power devices to seamlessly connect in their native protocols via IPSEC tunnels to the edge of the cellular network. Their payloads are converted and encrypted for the last hop across the public internet to the public cloud endpoints.
Enterprise challenges: Public cloud IoT endpoints do not support the UDP protocols used with low-power networks such as CatM and NBIoT. Public cloud IoT endpoints require all devices to be encrypted with individual certificate management and resultant workflows. Public cloud IoT encryption requirements can end up exploding data usage and halving battery life on low-power devices.
Enterprise benefits: Interoperability: Low-power cellular devices such as sensors, meters, or tracking devices can now talk securely via simple UDP protocols with public cloud IoT endpoints without any middleware platforms required. Simplicity: All security and complexity from the device are moved to the network’s edge with seamless automated provisioning and no need to ever think about encryption or certificate management. Improved customer experience: Better performance through lower power consumption, data consumption, and device memory/CPU requirements.