A recently wrote about a little side-project I’ve been working on called Iotiva – a lightweight IoT backend using free and low-cost Azure resources. Here I’ll cover the basics of getting data from your “Thing” to the cloud. Wait. That sounded dirty….
Can your average Developer/Maker afford to use Azure? I decided to skip any “back of the napkin” calculations (since most napkins are notoriously unreliable finks when it comes to architecture and finances) and actually build something. My criteria was simple, stand up an app on Azure that could communicate with 15-20 “things” for less than $12 per month. I determined this amount scientifically; it is what it costs for a 4-Screen Netflix account. I failed, it ended up being free.