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  • Blog Post: MapR-based Hadoop Clusters Coming to the Azure Marketplace

    Microsoft is committed to continuous innovation to make Azure the best cloud platform for running hyper-scale big data projects. This includes an existing Hadoop-as-a-service solution, Azure HDInsight , a hyper-scale repository for big data, Azure Data Lake , and Hadoop infrastructure-as-a-service offerings...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Azure HDInsight on Linux and Machine Learning GA at Strata Conference

    Today at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft is announcing the public preview of Azure HDInsight running on Linux, the general availability of Storm on HDInsight, the general availability of Azure Machine Learning, and the availability of Informatica technology on Azure. These new services are part of our...
  • Blog Post: Best of 2014: Top 10 Data Exposed Channel 9 Videos for Data Devs

    Have you been watching Data Exposed over on Channel 9 ? If you’re a data developer, Data Exposed is a great place to learn more about what you can do with data: relational and non-relational, on-premises and in the cloud, big and small. On the show, Scott Klein and his guests demonstrate features...
  • Blog Post: The Best of Both Worlds: Top Benefits and Scenarios for Hybrid Hadoop, from On-Premises to the Cloud

    Historically, Hadoop has been a platform for big data that you either deploy on-premises with your own hardware or in the cloud and managed by a hosting vendor. Deploying on-premises affords you specific benefits, like control and flexibility over your deployment. But the cloud provides other benefits...
  • 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: Expanding the Availability and Deployment of Hadoop Solutions on Microsoft Azure

    Author : Shaun Connolly VP Corporate Strategy - Hortonworks Data growth threatens to overwhelm existing systems and bring those systems to their knees. That’s one of the big reasons we’ve been working with Microsoft to enable a Modern Data Architecture for Windows users and Microsoft customers...
  • Blog Post: The ins and outs of Apache Storm – real-time processing for Hadoop

    Yesterday at Strata + Hadoop World , Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters on Azure HDInsight. This post will give you the ins and outs of Storm. What is Storm? Apache Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, open source real-time event processing solution. Storm was originally...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces real-time analytics in Hadoop and new ML capabilities in Marketplace

    This morning at Strata + Hadoop World , Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters inside HDInsight as well as new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Apache Storm is an open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem which gives users access to an event-processing analytics...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Offers HDInsight (Hadoop-as-a-service) to China

    Microsoft today announced that Azure HDInsight is now available for all customers in China as a public preview, making it the first global cloud provider to have a publicly available cloud Hadoop offering in China. With this launch, Microsoft is bringing Azure HDInsight’s ability to process big...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...