Microsoft Announcing Azure Time Series Insights, a fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service that makes it incredibly simple to interactively and instantly explore and analyze billions of events from sources such as Internet of Things (IoT). Time Series Insights gives you a near real time global view of your data across various event sources and lets you quickly validate IoT solutions and avoid costly downtime of mission-critical devices. It helps you discover hidden trends, spot anomalies, conduct root-cause analysis in near real-time, all without writing a single line of code through its simple and intuitive user experience. Additionally, it provides rich API’s to enable you to integrate its powerful capabilities in your own existing workflow or application.

Customers from diverse industry sectors like automotive, windfarms, elevators, smart buildings, manufacturing, etc. have been using Time Series Insights during its private preview. They have validated its capabilities with real production data load, already realized the benefits, and are looking for ways to cut costs and improve operations.

Near real-time insights in seconds at IoT scale

Azure Time Series Insights enables you to ingest 100’s of millions of sensor events per day, and makes new data available to query for insights within 1 minute. It also enables you to retain this data for months.  Time Series Insights is optimized to enable you to query over this combination of near real-time and historic TB’s of data in seconds. It does not pre-aggregate data, but stores the raw events, and delivers the power of doing all aggregations instantly over this massive scale. Additionally, it also enables you to upload reference data to augment or enrich your incoming sensor data. Time Series Insights enables you to compare data across various sensors of different kinds, event sources, regions and IoT installations in the same query. This is what enables you to get a global view of your data, lets you quickly validate, monitor, discover trends, spot anomalies, and conduct root cause analysis in near real time.

“Azure Time Series Insights has standardized our method of accessing devices’ telemetry in real time without any development effort. Time to detect and diagnose a problem has dropped from days to minutes. With just a few clicks we can visualize the end-to-end device data flow, helping us identify and address customer and market needs,” said Scott Tillman, Software Engineer, ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

Easy to get started

With built-in integration to Azure IoT Hub and Azure Event Hubs, customers can get started with Time Series Insights in minutes. Just enter your IoT Hub or Event Hub configuration information through the Azure Portal, and Time Series Insights connects and starts pulling and storing real-time data from it within a minute. This service is schema adaptive, which means that you do not have to do any data preparation to start deriving insights. This enables you to explore, compare, and correlate a variety of sensors seamlessly. It provides a very intuitive user experience that enables you to view, explore, and drill down into various granularities of data, down to specific events. It also provides SQL-like filters and aggregates, ability to construct, visualize, compare, and overlay various time series patterns, heat maps, and the ability to save and share queries.

Codit, based in Belgium, is a leading IT services company providing consultancy, technology, and managed services in business integration. They help companies reduce operational costs, improve efficiency and enhance control by enabling people and applications to integrate more efficiently. “Azure Time Series Insights is easy to use, helping us to quickly explore, analyze, and visualize many events in just a few clicks.  It’s a complete cloud service, and it has saved us from writing custom applications to quickly verify changes to IoT initiatives,” said Tom Kerkhove, Codit. “We are excited to use Time Series Insights in the future.”

Azure Time Series Insights extends the broad portfolio of Azure IoT services, such as Azure IoT Hub, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Machine Learning and various other services to help customers unlock deep insights from their IoT solution. Currently, Time Series Insight is available in US West, US East, EU West, and EU North regions.