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  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases HDInsight for Hadoop 2.4 And Gains 100x Performance Increase

    Yesterday , at the Hadoop Summit , Microsoft announced that Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.4. This is the next release of our 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Microsoft Azure. In conjunction with Hortonworks recent release of HDP 2.1 as a Hadoop on Windows offering and Analytics...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft updates its Hadoop cloud solution

    Hadoop Summit kicked of today in San Jose, and T. K. Rengarajan, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Data Platform, delivered a keynote presentation where he shared Microsoft’s approach to big data and the work we are doing to make Hadoop accessible in the cloud. At the event, we also announced...
  • Blog Post: PolyBase in APS - Yet another SQL over Hadoop solution?

    This blog post will highlight PolyBase’s truly unique approach focusing on: Query capabilities across various heterogeneous data sources – on-premises and cloud ( Microsoft Azure) bringing Microsoft data services together forming one complete data platform solution Total freedom...
  • 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: Introducing the Microsoft Analytics Platform System – the turnkey appliance for big data analytics

    At the Accelerate your Insights event last week, Satya Nadella introduced the new Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) as Microsoft’s solution for delivering “Big Data in a box.” APS is an evolution of our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) appliance which builds upon the...
  • 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 Brings Innovations From SQL Server To Hadoop With Stinger

    Over the last two years , Microsoft has been sharing our progress in Big Data by working to bring Hadoop to the masses through the simplicity and manageability of Windows and Azure. In 2012, Microsoft communicated our expanded partnership with Hortonworks by making Hortonworks Data Platform the core...
  • Blog Post: Making Big Data Work for Everyone

    This has been a really exciting week for the Microsoft data platform . On Monday, we announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365 . This morning, we announced that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight —our cloud-based Hadoop service. And...
  • Blog Post: Is Big Data for Everyone?

    Big Data is generating a lot of interest, but the barriers to entry prevent a broader base of users from unlocking its potential. Get a sneak preview on Microsoft’s efforts to democratize Big Data: delivering insights through familiar tools like Excel, offering enriched data with a central data marketplace...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hortonworks and Microsoft Bring the Hortonworks Data Platform to Windows

    Today, Hortonworks released the beta for the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100% Open Source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows. With Windows Server holding 73% marketshare in 2012 *, HDP for Windows dramatically broadens the accessible market for Hadoop....
  • Blog Post: Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

    In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and...
  • Blog Post: Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

    The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following...
  • Blog Post: Recap from PASS Summit 2011

    We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011 , a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere -- on...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ships CTP of Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft announced its commitment to Hadoop and promised to release new connectors to promote interoperability between Hadoop and SQL Server. Today we are announcing the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of two connectors for Hadoop : The first is a Hadoop connector...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure HDInsight Released for GA

    Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Big Data Roadmap & Approach

    A few months ago, we announced our commitment to Apache Hadoop™ providing details on interoperability between SQL Server and Hadoop. As we have noted in the past, in the data deluge faced by businesses, there is an increasing need to store and analyze vast amounts of unstructured data including...
  • 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: 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: Gartner BI Summit 2013: Bringing Hadoop to the Enterprise

    Gartner’s annual Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit kicked off earlier today where we are focused on sharing our perspective and solutions with customers, partners and industry leaders interested in big data and business intelligence . Later this week, we’ll also be at the GigaOM Structure...