You may have seen our newsletter announcement that we’ve got a new collaboration with Microsoft! We’re really excited about having such an established company working with us, though we’re not totally surprised because we’ve seen the effort they’re putting into encouraging the start-up, hardware, and maker communities. This collaboration means that you’ve got an easy means of using your data in Azure, which has some really cool features that we’re excited to dig into more. Keep in mind this integration doesn’t mean you have to do anything with your data, but it does mean the possibilities for the data you collect (like temperature and humidity as you see here) become a lot more exciting.
Here’s our full newsletter announcement:
We’ve created an easy integration between our platform and Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, that will allow you to send your data from one platform to the other securely. This means you’ll have access to both the connectivity tools (Particle) and business intelligence tools (Azure) that make IoT really interesting.
Securely streaming data from your Particle devices into Azure Event Hubs gives you access to tools like Azure Streaming Analytics, Azure Machine Learning and a host of other services that allow you to store, use, and learn from your data. If you’re new to Azure you can sign up for a free trial here.
To celebrate this collaboration the Microsoft team has put together a tutorial that uses a Photon and SparkFun Photon Weather Shield to build an Internet Photon Weather Station in Azure. The tutorial walks through setting up Particle tools with Windows, configuring Azure and creating a webhook to connect the two. As great as this first project is, there are more integrations to come that will make it even easier to use Azure and Particle together.
We hope this integration helps you make your connected projects even more awesome. Let us know what you think!