Microsoft Releases Azure HDInsight on Linux and Machine Learning GA at Strata Conference 

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Today at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft is announcing the public preview of Azure HDInsight running on Linux, the general availability of Storm on HDInsight, the general availability of Azure Machine Learning, and the availability of Informatica technology on Azure. These new services are part of our continued investment in a broad portfolio of solutions Read more

The Best of Both Worlds: Top Benefits and Scenarios for Hybrid Hadoop, from On-Premises to the Cloud 

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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 like elastic scale, fast time to value, and Read more

Cloudera Selects Azure as a Preferred Cloud Platform 

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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 the most recent milestone in our partnership and yesterday we Read more


Real world use cases of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System 

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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 of Microsoft’s Read more


Announcing the preview of Apache HBase clusters inside Microsoft Azure HDInsight 

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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 Hadoop ecosystem. While relational database management systems (RDBMS) typically use Read more


Microsoft releases HDInsight for Hadoop 2.4 And Gains 100x Performance Increase 

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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 Platform System as a Hadoop and data warehousing appliance, this Read more


Microsoft updates its Hadoop cloud solution 

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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 that Azure HDInsight, our Hadoop-based service Read more


Virginia Tech Exec Q&A 

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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 by developing an on-demand, cloud-computing model using the Azure HDInsight Read more

Architecture of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System 

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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 interesting data Read more


“Modernizing” Your Data Warehouse with Microsoft 

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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 forces working to stretch the traditional data warehouse. Read more