Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing & Operations

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.

hortonworksThis marks an important milestone in Microsoft’s partnership with Hortonworks and our overall big data approach, reflecting a deep investment in ensuring customers have choice and interoperability when building and running Hadoop-based solutions.

Today’s release helps to accelerate the adoption of Hadoop by expanding the number of supported platforms, delivering an open source Apache Hadoop-based distribution that is enterprise-ready and interoperable across Linux, Windows Server and Windows Azure.

Customers looking to transition to the cloud in the future will be able to seamlessly migrate from HDP for Windows to the Windows Azure HDInsight Service, taking advantage of the elasticity and low cost of Hadoop in the cloud whenever they choose.

You can download HDP for Windows today from Hortonworks or learn more about the Windows Azure HDInsight Service by visiting the Windows Azure site.