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Azure HDInsight 3.6, now generally available 

This week at the DataWorks Summit, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure HDInsight 3.6, backed by Microsoft’s enterprise-grade SLA. HDInsight 3.6 brings updates to various open source components in the Apache Hadoop and Spark ecosystem to the cloud, allowing customers to deploy them easily and run them reliably on an enterprise-grade platform. “HDInsight 3.6...Read more

Now available: open source Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit 

This week Microsoft released the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit version 2.0 out of beta. The toolkit, previously known as CNTK, is a free, easy-to-use, open source, commercial-grade toolkit that trains deep learning algorithms to learn like the human brain. “Cognitive Toolkit is being used extensively by a wide variety of Microsoft products, by companies worldwide with...Read more

Highlights from FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit 2017 

In an unprecedented partnership, Microsoft and FOSSASIA (the largest open source technology advocate in Asia) worked together to showcase Microsoft’s commitment towards open source software (OSS) communities through the FOSSASIA Open Tech Summit 2017 event, as well as the satellite community events and influencer engagements. There were more than 500 OSS developers from around the...Read more

Meet up with JavaScript and TypeScript pros in Prague, Bucharest, and Łódź 

Last week, our resident JavaScript and TypeScript pros, Josh Gavant and Dan Silver began a tour through Central and Eastern Europe, covering how these popular open source technologies are supported on Microsoft’s cloud platform. There are a few more stops this week, including Prague, Bucharest, and Łódź. Below are summaries of what’s included in each...Read more

More open source resources for Microsoft cloud partners 

According to IDC forecasts, more than 60% of enterprises are embracing open source and open APIs as the underpinning for cloud integration strategies in 2017. Microsoft is empowering partners to capture this cloud opportunity and drive digital transformation with solutions that serve all customers and tackle both their business and technical challenges. Below is a...Read more

Microsoft’s open source Project Olympus grows partner ecosystem 

Introduced in November 2016, Project Olympus is Microsoft’s next generation rack-level solution that is open sourced through Open Compute Project. Since inception Project Olympus has attracted a large group of partners from compute silicon providers to ODMs, OEMs and component manufacturers and is becoming the de facto open compute standard for cloud workloads. Last week,...Read more

Updates to HDInsight tools for IntelliJ and Eclipse now available 

HDInsight is Microsoft Azure’s managed Hadoop-as-a-service. It is the only fully-managed cloud Hadoop offering that provides optimized open source analytic clusters for Spark, Hive, MapReduce, HBase, Storm, Kafka, and R Server – all backed by a 99.9% SLA. Each of these big data technologies and ISV applications are easily deployable as managed clusters with enterprise-level...Read more

Register for free cloud trainings in a city near you 

Around the world in 2017, Microsoft is hosting a series of free, two-day technical trainings for IT professionals and developers, connecting them with experts who build and manage Microsoft cloud services, including Microsoft Azure. Sessions will deep-dive into the latest innovations covering a range of topics across Microsoft Azure and the hybrid platform, including security,...Read more