11th November 2013
Microsoft has announced the full launch of its cloud-based Hadoop service. Windows Azure HDInsight was developed in partnership with Hortonworks and is now fully available having been available for preview over recent months.
Apache Hadoop is a software framework for processing large data sets from multiple computers in different locations. By offering a version of the framework via its Azure cloud platform, Microsoft is making its powerful functionality more available to potential users.
Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President of the Data Platform Group at Microsoft, made the announcement via a blog post. Clark said: “Windows Azure HDInsight combines the best of Hadoop open source technology with the security, elasticity and manageability that enterprises require.”
HDInsight is the most recent output of Microsoft’s partnership with Hortonworks, the two companies having previously delivered Hadoop for Windows Server and the Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows.
Microsoft cites the following examples of key customers that are already using HDInsight:
HDInsight will integrate with Excel and Power BI (Microsoft’s Office 365 business intelligence product). It will also support a variety of languages, including .NET and Java.
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