Microsoft Announces Preview of Hadoop on Windows Server, AzureMicrosoft released its anticipated Hadoop on Windows solution, which arrives in the form of HDInsight Server and HDInsight Service for Windows Azure.
According to the developer, HDInsight is built on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and enables big data environments to leverage HDP with the "simplicity of Windows." For example, users can use Excel, PowerPivot for Excel and Power View for data analytics and analytics preparation.
"Big data should provide answers for business, not complexity for IT," said David Campbell, technical fellow at Microsoft. "Providing Hadoop compatibility on Windows Server and Azure dramatically lowers the barriers to setup and deployment, and enables customers to pull insights from any data, any size, on-premises or in the cloud."
Microsoft promises that HDInsight Server is entirely compatible with Apache Hadoop. Supported Windows operating systems include Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3+, Windows Server 2003 SP2+, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The preview download is offered free of charge via a Microsoft Web Platform Installer.
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