insightEarlier this year we announced partnerships with key players in the Apache Hadoop community to ensure customers have all the necessary solutions to connect with, manage and analyze big data. Today we’re excited to provide an update on how we’re working to broaden adoption of Hadoop with the simplicity and manageability of Windows.

First, we’re releasing new previews of our Hadoop-based solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure, now called Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows and Windows Azure HDInsight Service. Today, customers can access the first community technology preview of Microsoft HDInsight Server and a new preview of Windows Azure HDInsight Service at Microsoft.com/BigData. Both of these new previews make it easier to configure and deploy Hadoop on the Windows platform, and enable customers to apply rich business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot for Excel and Power View to pull actionable insights from big data.

See the remainder of the blog post from Microsoft Technical Fellow David Campbell at http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2012/10/22/simplifying-big-data-for-the-enterprise.aspx.

Head on over to the new Big Data area at http://microsoft.com/BigData for more information.