Microsoft Unveils Hadoop For Windows
Microsoft jumped into the big data world, announcing a beta release of Hadoop for the Windows operating system.
The company unveiled Hadoop previews for Windows Azure, called Windows Azure HDInsight Service, and for Windows Server, named Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows.
Microsoft said the previews will enable Apache Hadoop compatibility for the enterprise and simplify deployment of Hadoop-based programs.
These Hadoop data management capabilities on the Windows Server and Azure platforms will help customers use Microsoft applications such as Excel, PowerPivot for Excel and Power View to pull insights from the data.
Microsoft is also expanding its partnership with commercial Hadoop vendor Hortonworks to distribute an enterprise version of Hadoop.