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  • 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: Cloudera Selects Azure as a Preferred Cloud Platform

    We are working to make Azure the best cloud platform for big data , including Apache Hadoop . To accomplish this, we deliver a comprehensive set of solutions such as our Hadoop-based solution Azure HDInsight and managed data services from partners, including Hortonworks. Last week Hortonworks announced...
  • 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: Announcing the preview of Apache HBase clusters inside Microsoft Azure HDInsight

    On June 3, Microsoft announced an update to HDInsight to support Hadoop 2.4 for 100x faster queries. Today, we are announcing the preview of Apache HBase clusters inside Microsoft Azure HDInsight . HBase is a NoSQL (“not only Structured Query Language”) database component of the Apache...
  • 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: Architecture of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

    In today’s world of interconnected devices and broad access to more and more data, the ability to glean ambient insight from the variety of data sources has been made quite hard by the variety and speed with which data is being delivered. Think about it for a minute, your servers continue to provide...
  • 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: “Modernizing” Your Data Warehouse with Microsoft

    Data warehousing technology began as a framework to better manage, understand, and capitalize on data generated by the business, and it worked extremely well for many years. This is a space that Microsoft knows well with warehousing capabilities since 1995 with SQL Server. However, there are several...
  • 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: Leeds Teaching Hospitals Transform Healthcare Using Big Data Solution to Provide Faster Access to Information

    Since the launch of the Windows Azure HDInsight Service we’ve seen many companies using Big Data solutions based on HDInsight to gain benefits from analyzing unstructured data within their organization – a good summary of some of these organizations was recently showcased by CIO Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure HDInsight Supporting Hadoop 2.2 in Public Preview

    Earlier this week, we announced at the O’Reilly Strata Conference that Windows Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.2 clusters in preview. This is the next release of our 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Azure . In conjunction with Hortonworks recent release of HDP 2.0...
  • 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: Using Windows Azure to Speed up Genome Research and Save Millions of Dollars

    A year ago at Virginia Tech researchers needed 2 weeks to analyze just 1 genome. Today, they can analyze 100 genomes each day. Why is this important? Scientists can learn more about our DNA and uncover more effective strategies for detecting, diagnosing, and treating diseases such as cancer. What’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to Join the Big Data Conversation as an Elite Sponsor at Strata, Santa Clara, CA

    On February 11-13, Microsoft will join 2,700 of the world’s leading big data scientists, CIOs and executives at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, CA. For some, Microsoft does not come immediately to mind when thinking about leadership in data; however, along with the power of HDInsight , Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Customers get Faster and Better Insight into More Data from More Sources with Windows Azure HDInsight Service

    Collecting Big Data is significant only if you can make use of it. With Windows Azure HDInsight Service, organizations can use Apache Hadoop clusters in Windows Azure. Combining the Microsoft platform with open-source tools like Hadoop equates to unprecedented insight into more data, from more sources...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...