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Announcing the release of Hosted Mender

14th May 2018

We are proud to announce the launch of Hosted Mender! We have been working with hundreds of Hosted Mender beta testers to make certain our customers will have access to a secure and robust on-demand software updater for the Internet of Things. The wait is now over for our production-grade hosted OTA service.

Hosted Mender, a Software as a Service enabling automated OTA software updates to Linux devices, allows IoT devices makers get their product to market faster because they can focus on their core product development instead of building their own update mechanism. This service allows IoT devices to have a secure and robust OTA update process that will enable on-demand bug fixes, the ability to patch security vulnerabilities, and deploy new features while devices are in the field.

Before Hosted Mender, owners of IoT products were underserved by existing OTA tools due to complex implementations and heavy maintenance of homegrown tools leading to delayed product releases. There have been PR disasters due to poor OTA implementations that caused devices to brick and become unusable, or the OTA update process was insecure leading to device compromise. But thanks to the rapid time to value with Hosted Mender, these problems are now addressed.

Key benefits of Hosted Mender:

  • the latest bug fixes and security patches of the Mender management server
  • auto-scaling and redundancy of the Mender server built-in and managed by the Mender team
  • many more security and uptime features.

We have priced Hosted Mender very competitively in order to make its value abundantly clear to users who understand there is a lot of cost and time in building and maintaining their own management server. You can calculate the price here.

In addition, there is a learning curve in setting up and maintaining an orchestration system such as Kubernetes to manage production-grade container services that are part of Mender’s server. Hosted Mender removes this management overhead so that makers of IoT products can focus on their core product development. We will have a Google Hangouts On Air on Thursday, May 31st at 10:00am Eastern Daylight Time introducing Hosted Mender.

We also have device filtering as a Hosted Mender-only feature, as well as plans to add more commercial features to Hosted Mender. Stay tuned! Get your $100 free credit for Hosted Mender today.