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“Modernizing” Your Data Warehouse with Microsoft 

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....

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Microsoft Brings Innovations From SQL Server To Hadoop With Stinger 

Over the last two years, Microsoft has been sharing our progress in Big Data by working to bring Hadoop to the masses through the simplicity and manageability of Windows and Azure. In 2012, Microsoft communicated our expanded partnership with Hortonworks by making Hortonworks Data Platform the core of our Hadoop solution on-premise and in the...

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals Transform Healthcare Using Big Data Solution to Provide Faster Access to Information 

Since the launch of the Windows Azure HDInsight Service we’ve seen many companies using Big Data solutions based on HDInsight to gain benefits from analyzing unstructured data within their organization – a good summary of some of these organizations was recently showcased by CIO Magazine. One of the early adopters of HDInsight was Microsoft Partner,...

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Windows Azure HDInsight Supporting Hadoop 2.2 in Public Preview 

Earlier this week, we announced at the O’Reilly Strata Conference that Windows Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.2 clusters in preview. This is the next release of our 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Azure. In conjunction with Hortonworks recent release of HDP 2.0 for Windows, this release on Azure continues our strategy of making...

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Making Big Data Work for Everyone 

This has been a really exciting week for the Microsoft data platform. On Monday, we announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. This morning, we announced that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight—our cloud-based Hadoop service. And, I just presented at Strata, one of our industry’s premier...

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Customers get Faster and Better Insight into More Data from More Sources with Windows Azure HDInsight Service 

Collecting Big Data is significant only if you can make use of it. With Windows Azure HDInsight Service, organizations can use Apache Hadoop clusters in Windows Azure. Combining the Microsoft platform with open-source tools like Hadoop equates to unprecedented insight into more data, from more sources, in any format—structured and unstructured. Here are a few...

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Windows Azure HDInsight Released for GA 

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss Microsoft’s vision to democratize big data by providing easy to use tools and a...

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