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Scaleway launches the first managed multi-cloud IoT platform

June 25, 2020

Paris, 2020 June 25 Scaleway, a key European Public Cloud player, announced the launch of a new product for connected object providers: Scaleway IoT Hub. Through three offers, starting with a freemium offer, Scaleway wants users, from startup to large accounts, to easily and securely interface millions of connected objects with their business applications.

IoT (Internet of Things), popular with startups, long hoped for by industrialists and slowly adopted by large accounts, has experienced, in recent years, a new craze boosted by AI (Artificial Intelligence), Blockchain and integration with SaaS applications — the real-time feedback of physical data, making it possible to constantly create new uses.

Scaleway’s IoT Hub was designed to facilitate data transfers between connected devices1 and corporate business applications.

A true as a service platform, the IoT Hub is available in three offers: “shared” allowing you to start for free and based on a shared infrastructure, “dedicated” offering a dedicated infrastructure and “High Availability” based on a dedicated and replicated infrastructure. Note that to ensure a perfect scale-up, these 3 offers are supported by Kapsule, Scaleway’s managed Kubernetes solution.

Developed on a market standard

The Scaleway Iot Hub was natively developed with the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol2. It is therefore fully compatible with all the functionalities of this protocol (QoS 0, 1 & 2, Retained Messages, Last Will, etc.), while also making it possible to integrate other communication protocols such as the LoRa networks or the Sigfox network thanks to incoming connectors (called IoT Networks) specially designed to be able to receive messages from these connected objects.

An offer designed for massive data collection such as smart cities

More and more cities are turning into Smart Cities where millions of messages (also called payloads) are sent every day from the physical world to the cloud. These massive exchanges of data combining public and private organization, citizens and means of transport improve urban management. To meet these massive usage needs, Scaleway has designed a “High Availability” a high-performance offer for millions of connected objects

A multi-cloud offer to cover without limit, all use cases

“When it comes to IoT applications, you obviously have to think about designing your connected objects well, but first and foremost you have to think about the value of your data. We have therefore integrated multiple so-called outgoing connectors (the IoT Routes), to enable us to transfer this often-insignificant data taken singularly to high value-added business applications. Naturally the native connectors push this data to our cloud ecosystem, to our object storage or database solutions. But we’ve also developed a REST connector to allow this data to be integrated with any third-party application or other cloud ecosystem. This REST connector enables thousands of integration possibilities”, explains Louis Moreau, Product Marketing Manager IoT at Scaleway.

IoT security, a challenge for all, simplified by Scaleway

As the number of connected objects increases, so does the risk of security breaches. According to Gartner, “IoT security features will increasingly be provided via IoT platforms […], rather than via standalone IoT security solutions”. A forecast that Scaleway has beaten while preserving a real ease of use.

IoT Hub allows to generate a secure key-certificate pair per object to establish a secure connection between objects and the hub – based by default on the mutual authentication of the TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol. Scaleway provides this robust security layer, simply from the client console or API.

Personalized support

“In line with Scaleway’s DNA, we created IoT Hub thinking of all those who are not familiar with the world of IoT. First by offering a clear platform, easy to use and without hidden costs, but also by offering our co-design services to our customers who need support. Our vocation is as much educational as technological: improve everyone’s life by transforming connected objects into intelligent objects,” says Grégoire de Turckeim, IoT Product Manager, Edge & Automation at Scaleway.

In addition to the IoT Hub service, Scaleway proposes to support the IoT projects of its customers in the implementation and development of a complete cloud architecture and/or in connection with the relevant partners. With over twenty years of server hosting expertise, Scaleway has forged strong ties with hardware manufacturers and software vendors. Finally, to go even further, Scaleway is already working on an IoT Edge offering.

The first product of a whole set

IoT has found its full meaning in recent years, not only in a bottum up approach to collecting data from the field, but also, and above all, in the embedded intelligence revolution represented by edge computing.  So, after IoT Hub, Scaleway is already working on an IoT Edge offer to transfer the intelligence developed in the cloud, directly to the heart of the equipment.

Discover IoT Hub : https://www.scaleway.com/en/iot-hub/

About Scaleway

Scaleway is a European cloud services provider supplying a range of pioneering cloud infrastructure  services for professionals: public cloud services with Scaleway Elements, private infrastructure with Scaleway Datacenter and dedicated servers with Scaleway Dedibox. Scaleway’s offerings are based on some 20 years of expertise in developing and marketing dedicated servers (Scaleway Dedibox) and managing high-end innovative datacenters (Scaleway Datacenter). Scaleway is growing its reputation around the world and currently serves clients in over 150 countries. Scaleway has four datacenters located in France and one in the Netherlands. Its clients include Le Bon Coin, Vente-Privée (Veepee), Safran and Le Monde.

  1. Appareils connectés est le nom commun pour tous les dispositifs capables de communiquer sur Internet (via WiFi 4G ou même via les réseaux LoRa et Sigfox). Les appareils connectés peuvent être utilisés dans un très large éventail d’applications. Il peut s’agir de smartphones, de sonnettes, d’ampoules, de réfrigérateurs, de voitures, de téléviseurs,…. même un navigateur Web ou des applications peuvent agir comme un appareils connectés !
  2. Pour rappel, ce protocole de transfert de données, aujourd’hui devenu un standard dans la communication des objets connectés, a été initialement conçu pour le monde du M2M (machine to machine) et maintenant largement utilisé dans le monde de l’IoT. Ce protocole de communication a été inventé par deux ingénieurs – Andy Standford-Clark (IBM) et Arlen Nipper (Eurotech) pour connecter des oléoducs à des réseaux satellitaires peu fiables. Ils souhaitaient à l’époque concevoir un protocole léger, peu gourmand en bande passante et avec plusieurs niveaux de service (QoS). Ces besoins sont aujourd’hui identiques des objets connectés, ce qui a valu le succès de ce protocole rendu publique en 2011 et devenu un standard en 2013.
  3. Predicts 2020: As IoT Use Proliferates, So Do Signs of Its Increasing Maturity and Growing Pains, publiée par Gartner le 16 décembre 2019.
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