Today we are announcing new improvements and capabilities to our Device Update for IoT Hub platform to enable customers to more easily update more complex devices, better manage updating devices at scale, and demonstrate how to integrate with on-device security measures. At the Microsoft Ignite 2021 conference we released a public preview of the Device Update for IoT Hub platform that customers can use to publish, distribute, and manage over-the-air updates for everything from tiny IoT sensors to gateway-level devices. We’ve been pleased with the customer interest and response to the Device Update for IoT Hub preview. Since the preview release we’ve been working hard to address key customer feedback and invest in the platform infrastructure as we are getting closer to making the platform generally available.
We are excited to announce the following improvements and new capabilities to Device Update:
- Proxy updates enable customers to orchestrate updates to individual components on the device over various protocols. This feature should allow customers to more easily update devices with multiple sensors or peripherals such as vehicles or robots.
- Multi-step updates allow customers to configure pre/post update install scripts and specify installation order for multiple update payloads on the same device (i.e. separate update payloads for host firmware, kernel or root file system, applications or other components, etc.).
- Dynamic deployments will enable customers to move towards a set-and-forget management model by automatically deploying updates to newly provisioned, applicable devices.
- Simplified service provisioning to ensure customers can easily get started with Device Update for IoT Hub resource.
- Improved diagnostics make it easier to troubleshoot update failures in the UI and enable solution operators to retrieve device update logs over-the-air to simplify troubleshooting failures.
We are also pleased to continue a partnership with our semiconductor partners STMicroelectronics, NXP, Renesas, and Microchip. Since we released the preview, we’ve also collaborated with these semiconductor partners to enable their secure boot solutions to work with Device Update for IoT on their devices. With that, we enhanced the end-to-end security for the OTA life cycle. Freshening of the sample projects for the hero boards containing the new Device Update capabilities and secure boot features will be published soon on GitHub.
Learn more about Device Update
We are committed to ensuring customers can use Device Update for IoT Hub to address their device updating needs. You can get started with Device Update by exploring available documentation for Device Update for IoT Hub. We would love any feedback you have on Device Update, so please send any suggestions or issues to https://aka.ms/dufeedback.