Microsoft Ships Windows Azure HDInsight
Windows Azure HDInsight, Microsoft's cloud-based distribution of Hadoop, is now generally available on the company's Windows Azure cloud platform, Microsoft said at the show. In a blog post, Quentin Clark, Microsoft corporate vice president of the Data Platform Group, called the availability of the software a milestone in Microsoft's strategy to "bring big data to a billion people."
By offering HDInsight as an Azure cloud service, Clark said Microsoft is providing the benefits of open-source Hadoop with the security and management capabilities most businesses require. The service is integrated with Excel and Power BI (the business intelligence component of Office 365) and supports .NET, Java and other programming languages.