Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

Organizations are constantly in search of solutions that can help them manage, analyze and understand the vast amounts of data generated through today’s technology. Traditionally this required hiring business intelligence vendors and experts to extract Big Data insights, but no longer. Today at the O’Reilly Strata Conference + Hadoop World in New York, Microsoft and our partner Hortonworks announced new previews of our Apache Hadoop-based solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure.

Called Windows Azure HDInsight and Microsoft HDInsight for Windows Server, both solutions embrace enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop to enable most any user to begin viewing and truly analyzing Big Data, using such tools as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot, and SQL Server Analysis Services. Regardless of the size or type of data, or where it’s stored, both HDInsight versions offer simple management via Microsoft System Center 2012, a shared codebase for platform consistency whether on Windows Server or Azure, and 100% compatibility with Hadoop.

Final versions of both Windows Azure HDInsight and Microsoft HDInsight for Windows Server are in the works, but you can learn more and get started with your own preview over at the Microsoft Big Data site. Already working with Big Data to deliver greater value for your organization? Let us know your experiences and thoughts in the comments!