Cloud Integration Gets Simpler

ARM mbed welcomes Microsoft Azure IoT integration. Developers can now take advantage of Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program with the inaugural ARM® mbed Enabled™ Freescale® FRDM-K64F development board.

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Today companies face an important point of transformation. Business decision makers are trying to find the right way in which their companies can take advantage of the right Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, that these deployments will be able to integrate easily with established services and that choice of devices, operating system and infrastructure all are trusted.

At ARM mbed, our mission is to empower developers with a platform that natively integrates with majority of devices and offers access to hundreds of libraries and a growing base of development resources – in turn for them to support their companies and customers. Recent insights from  Internet of Things Study 2015, Volume I by Evans Data Corporation (EDC) suggested that 55% of IoT developers primarily connect devices through the Cloud. This is a critical step in making meaningful data available on the devices and to the cloud connected services.

Today, Microsoft announced their Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, centralizing their support around the mbed Platform. This announcement would mean encouraging news for mbed developers for a few reasons:

  • ARM mbed IoT Device Platform support for Azure IoT is officially available
  • Devices running mbed OS can run Azure IoT libraries to integrate with the new products announced (Azure IoT Suite and Hub) using the mbed tools
  • mbed developers can get started with the first Azure Certified for IoT mbed Enabled board: the Freescale FRDM-K64 board

Microsoft Azure is used by over 50% of Fortune 500 companies making it one of the most powerful business tools for mbed IoT developers. The support from Microsoft Azure builds on other chip to cloud partnerships with IBM BlueMix and Salesforce.com, growing mbed’s ecosystem. This alignment simplifies the complexity for mbed developers to securely connect, manage and capture data from sensors and devices, and easily integrate and orchestrate the flow of that data to manage, analyze and present it as usable information to the people who need it to make better decisions.

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You can get read more on how to connect an example IoT project on the mbed Enabled Freescale FRDM-K64 board to the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub with our instructions on GitHub.

Stay tuned as we build this further. In the meanwhile, what will you build and what would you like to see added?


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