Today, Hortonworks announced the general availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.0 for Windows.  This is the next release of the industry’s only 100% Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows. With Windows Server leading all operating system  in usage share (two out of every three servers run Windows Server), HDP 2.0 for Windows dramatically broadens the accessibility of Hadoop.

This release is important because it is engineered on the latest version of Apache Hadoop 2.2.  It will take advantage of the power of YARN, offer improved  high availability and mean time to recovery, and incorporate phase 2 of the Stinger initiative and Hbase 0.96 to deliver Snapshots. 

As part of our overall big data approach, we are deeply invested in ensuring customers have choice and interoperability when building and running Hadoop-based solutions. This includes providing customers the choice to deploy Hadoop data in the cloud on Windows Azure. Applications built on HDP for Windows on-prem can be easily deployed in the cloud for platform flexibility. Additionally, customers can leverage Power BI for Office 365 to connect to either HDP 2.0 for Windows or Windows Azure HDInsight to empower Microsoft Excel users with compelling insights on big data.

We’re partnering closely with Hortonworks to bring the community new Hadoop solutions for Windows. HDP for Windows continues our joint commitment to opening up the Hadoop platform to as many people as possible.

You can find out more about today’s announcement by:

  • Read the Hortonwork’s blog
  • Read about Microsoft and Hortonworks involvement with the open source community 
  • Join us for a Microsoft and Hortonworks Webinar on February 6, 2014
  • Try Power BI on HDP for Windows or Windows Azure HDInsight
  • Join us for a #bigdata hackathon in February prior to the @strataconf

Herain Oberoi
Director of Product Marketing