12 Aug

Boeing Will Adopt Microsoft Azure for Analytical Aviation Applications

Choosing the right cloud service is a critical and difficult decision that challenges many businesses. Aircraft designer, manufacturer and seller Boeing recently had to decide on a cloud service and announced that it chose Microsoft Azure as its cloud service provider.


Why Boeing Chose Microsoft Azure

Azure is an enterprise-level cloud computing platform that is customizable and uses a pay-as-you-go system. Although Boeing considered Microsoft’s competitor Amazon Web Services (AWS), which Boeing already works with, the company decided to partner with Microsoft because it has a strong vision as well as apps like Office 365 that could help with other parts of the business.

Andrew Gendreau, the Director of Advanced Information Solutions at Boeing, explains that Boeing and Microsoft’s expertise complement each other and together they’ll bring innovative customer solutions to market.


How Boeing Will Use Microsoft Azure

The aerospace giant will use Microsoft Azure for its analytical aviation applications that are used for more than 300 airlines and aerospace companies. Some of the specific tactical advantages of integrating Microsoft Azure is its speed in analyzing data and returning it in a useful form. Gendreau explains that it enables them to scale more easily as well as add reliability and performance.

Beyond efficiency, Boeing plans to use the cloud technology with the Internet of Things (IoT). Azure comes with Cortana Intelligence and an IoT suite. Cortana Intelligence enables companies to turn data into actionable insights. Azure’s IoT suite gives Boeing the potential to create connected travelers, airplanes and operations, according to Gendreau. IoT requires computing to process massive amounts of data in real-time, and cloud computing applications like Azure are powerful and capable of interpreting data in ways companies like Boeing can use it.

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