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  • Blog Post: How to Hadoop: 4 Resources to Learn and Try Cloud Big Data

    Are you curious about how to begin working with big data using Hadoop? Perhaps you know you should be looking into big data analytics to power your business, but you’re not quite sure about the various big data technologies available to you, or you need a tutorial to get started. If...
  • Blog Post: Azure previews fully-managed NoSQL database and search services

    I am pleased to announce previews of new NoSQL database and search services and the evolution of our Hadoop-based service. Available as previews today are Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search...
  • Blog Post: Real world use cases of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

    This blog post was authored by: Murshed Zaman, AzureCAT PM and Sumin Mohanan, DS SDET With the advent of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (the MPP version of SQL Server) V2 AU1 (Appliance Update 1), PDW got a new name: the Analytics Platform System [Appliance] or APS. The name changed with the addition...
  • Blog Post: Virginia Tech Exec Q&A

    Virginia Tech is using the Microsoft Azure Cloud to create cloud-based tools to assist with medical breakthroughs via next-generation sequence (NGS) analysis. This NGS analysis requires both big computing and big data resources. A team of computer scientists at Virginia Tech is addressing this challenge...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Infinity Room Photo Contest Has a Winner!

    Congratulations to Edgar Rivera, whose Microsoft Infinity Room photo won the #InsightsAwait Photo Sweepstakes . “I never thought that stepping into some data visualization could be this cool,” Edgar tweeted. You can see his photo here . Visitors to the Microsoft Infinity Room were invited...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Data platform momentum

    The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings. At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations...
  • Blog Post: Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights

    At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data...
  • Blog Post: Tune in tomorrow and accelerate your insights

    Tomorrow’s the day! Tune in to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and Data Platform Group CVP Quentin Clark about Microsoft’s approach to data, and how the latest advancements in technology can help you transform data into action. Mark your calendar RSVP...
  • Blog Post: Join us on April 15 and Accelerate Your Insights

    Mark your calendar now to join us online on April 15 for the Accelerate your insights event , streaming live from San Francisco, California at 10:00 AM PDT. Wondering what your data can do for you? Join us to online find out how to drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights. You’ll...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Database Research Lab Conceives PolyBase to Easily Join Relational Data With Data From Hadoop

    Complementing Microsoft’s overall Big Data strategy , PolyBase is a breakthrough new technology on the data processing engine in SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse Appliance designed as the simplest way to combine non-relational data and traditional relational data in your analysis. While customers...
  • Blog Post: Strata-Hadoop World 2012 Recap

    We just wrapped up a busy week at Strata-Hadoop World, one of the predominant Big Data conferences. Microsoft showed up in force, with the big news being our press announcement around the availability of public previews for Windows Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows ,...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data, Hive and HDInsight Jump Start

    Join us live June 21st for in-depth training on Microsoft’s Big Data solution set . This free Webcast from Microsoft Virtual Academy will be the first in a series tailored for architects and seasoned developers interested in a demo-heavy learning experience that will help you get valuable insights from...
  • Blog Post: O’Reilly Strata: Busting Big Data Adoption Myths–Part 1

    Think infrastructure and scalability will impede your path to big data analytics? Windows Azure HDInsight is your big data solution. It’s the first day of the O’Reilly Strata conference in Santa Clara, CA and I’m looking forward to learning more about big data and talking to all of the customers, partners...
  • Blog Post: Go ‘From Data to Insights’ on March 26th in an Exclusive Webcast from Microsoft and The Economist

    Big data brings big challenges, but also opportunities--for people and companies to gain insight, spot trends and make decisions in ways never before thought possible.  In the battle of the buzzwords, "big data" is poised to render "guestimation" obsolete. To better understand...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PASS Summit Series: A Look Back at Customers Using the New Features of SQL Server 2012

    The countdown continues and we are another day closer to the SQL Server community event of the year, PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle, Washington! With just 5 days left until the official start of the Summit, we are continuing with our special celebratory blog series and “A Look Back at Customers Using the...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server Community Looks to Emerging Trends in BI and Database Technologies

    At PASS Summit this year Ted Kummert outlined his views on accelerating insights in the new world of data.  He mentioned in his blog post , that this is an incredible time for the industry, and that data has emerged as the new currency of business. Given that it’s such an exciting time to be in...
  • Blog Post: O’Reilly Strata: Busting Big Data Adoption Myths with Halo 4–Part 3

    Structured or unstructured – what to store? How about all of it? I spoke at the O’Reilly Strata Conference last year and am back again this year to share thoughts about big data. It’s been a remarkable year for Microsoft’s data platform team. While we’ve had a long history in the data space, last year...
  • Blog Post: Watch to Win on November 28th! Enter the ‘Big Data Webcast’ Challenge

    Mark your calendars for November 28 th to get an inside track on how to make smarter business decisions. Join us for the new webcast “ Driving Smarter Decisions with Microsoft Big Data ”, presented by Mike Flasko, Principle Program Manager at Microsoft and IDG Enterprise.  Watch the webcast at www...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: HDP for Windows from Hortonworks

    Today Hortonworks announced the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100 percent Open Source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows. The beta version of HDP for Windows was released two months ago at the Strata Conference in Santa Clara Hortonworks...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Big Data Analytics and Data Warehousing

    We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Series and this week we’re covering the hot topic of Big Data! In this episode, Saptak Sen, Senior Product Manager, recaps some the conversations he recently had with customers at the 2012 Strata Conference and the Gartner Business...
  • Blog Post: Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight™

    The O’Reilly Strata Conference On Making Data Work is less than a week away. The Microsoft BI team is featuring a blog series highlighting Microsoft’s Big Data technologies. Today’s guest post is by Torsten Grabs, Principal Program Manager Lead for StreamInsight™ at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to Join the Big Data Conversation as an Elite Sponsor at Strata + Hadoop World, NYC

    On October 28-30, Microsoft will join 2,700 of the world’s leading big data scientists, CIOs and executives at the Strata+Hadoop conference in New York City. For some, Microsoft does not come immediately to mind when thinking about leadership in data; however, along with the power of HDInsight...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Strata-Hadoop World 2012

    Several months ago at Strata Santa Clara , we announced how we were working closely with key partners in the Big Data ecosystem to ensure that their solutions run on Microsoft’s Hadoop-based solutions. This year, we’re excited to return in force to the Strata-Hadoop World conference next week in New...
  • Blog Post: Do we have the tools we need to navigate the New World of Data?

    Last October at the PASS Summit we began discussing our strategy and product roadmap for Big Data including embracing Hadoop as part of our data platform and providing insights to all users on any data. This week at the Strata Conference , we will talk about the progress we have been making with Hortonworks...
  • Blog Post: PASS BAC PREVIEW SERIES: SQL Professionals and the World of Self-service BI and Big Data

    As the PASS Business Analytics Conference approaches, we are excited to host this new blog series featuring content from some of the amazing speakers that you will experience at PASS BAC, April 10-12 in Chicago. This new conference is the place where Business Analytics professionals will gather to connect...