AccuWeather partners with Microsoft around new Azure Maps capabilities

April 14 2021

Editor's Note: Article updated with new commentary from AccuWeather.

AccuWeather announced a new partnership with Microsoft to expand Azure Maps options. Through the partnership, AccuWeather will integrate its weather data into Azure Maps, acting as Microsoft's exclusive weather provider. This includes MinuteCast minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts and daily forecasts, as well as severe weather alerts.

The integration also encompasses weather radar and the Weather Along a Route proprietary feature.

"Microsoft Azure Maps provides Microsoft enterprise customers with geospatial solutions through micro-services, benefitting from Azure cloud advancements and a micro-service architecture. In order to move fast and focus on the future, we chose AccuWeather as our trusted partner to power Azure Maps Weather Services because of their rich, dynamic data, extensive global coverage and continued innovation and expertise in the field," said Chris Pendleton, Azure Maps Group Program Manager at Microsoft, in a statement.

Responding to an inquiry from MSCloudNews, AccuWeather Global Chief Technology Officer, Chris Patti, explained more about the significance of the partnership for the company.

AccuWeather leverages a large number of Azure offerings to solve different technical and business challenges. In particular, we leverage Azure products such as Cloud Services, Blob Storage and Data Lake, Azure Service Bus, SQL Server on IaaS, and Azure Functions. From a DevOps perspective we are leveraging Kubernetes and Azure DevOps for automated pipelines and deployments. Our Data Science teams are leveraging Azure Data Lake along with Databricks. Finally, we leverage Application Insights to provide monitoring for our web and API solutions. 

Patti said that AccuWeather works closely with Content Distribution Network providers to deliver products with high availability and low latency.

AccuWeather and Microsoft have been technology partners for the past 15 years. We have a rich and successful history of working together on challenging problems such as cloud migration, digital transformation, and disaster recovery/business continuity. This is more than a vendor relationship, and we truly work together as partners...We would like to continue to expand AccuWeather’s offerings on the Azure platform, specifically around data integration with other Microsoft business applications and be the “go to” source of weather information for data scientists. 

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