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.
I recently wrote about getting the a Raspberry Pi connected with Azure storage. This works well for when you have a full network stack to work with but what those scenarios where you don’t have this luxury? Here we’ll walk through one potential solution using a couple of cheap nRF24L01+ radio modules, a Netduino 2 and a Raspberry Pi.
I’ve been working on a little project at home recently and I needed to get data from some remote sensors in to the cloud. I also happened to have a couple of Raspberry Pi units begging me to do something fun. So with an Azure account and Raspberry in hand it was time to write the next killer app, Hello World with Azure in the middle.