Data Science Perspectives: Q&A with Microsoft Data Scientists Val Fontama and Wee Hyong Tok

You can’t read the tech press without seeing news of exciting advancements or opportunities in data science and advanced analytics. We sat down with two of our own Microsoft Data Scientists to learn more about their role in the field, some of the real-world successes they’ve seen, and get their perspective on today’s opportunities in… Read more

Results are Beautiful: 4 Best Practices for Big Data in Healthcare

When you put big data to work, results can be beautiful. Especially when those results are as impactful as saving lives. Here are four best practice examples of how big data is being used in healthcare to improve, and often save, lives. Aerocrine improves asthma care with near-real-time data Millions of asthma sufferers worldwide depend… Read more

Relational Data Warehouse + Big Data Analytics: Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update 3

This blog post was authored by: Matt Usher, Senior PM on the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) team Microsoft is happy to announce the release of the Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update (AU) 3. APS is Microsoft’s big data in a box appliance for serving the needs of relational data warehouses at massive scale…. Read more

Six Benefits to Planning for SQL Server 2005 and Windows Server 2003 End of Support Now

As the end of 2014 nears, now is the perfect time to review IT infrastructure plans for the coming year.  If you haven’t made supportability a key initiative for 2015, there are some important dates that you should know about: Windows Server 2003 extended support ends on July 14, 2015.  Extended support for SQL Server… Read more

Now Available: Updated SQL Server PHP and JDBC Drivers

As part of SQL Server’s ongoing interoperability program, we are pleased to announce the general availability of two SQL Server drivers: the Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server and the SQL Server Driver for PHP are now available! Both drivers provide that robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database. The… Read more

Microsoft Strengthens Data Platform with SQL Database and Big Data Appliance Updates, Adds New Java SDK for its NoSQL Service

By Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform Making it easier for more of our customers to access our latest big data technologies, we are announcing updates to some of our flagship data platform products and services. These updates are part of our approach to make it easier for our customers to work with data of… Read more

Best of 2014: Top 10 Data Exposed Channel 9 Videos for Data Devs

Have you been watching Data Exposed over on Channel 9? If you’re a data developer, Data Exposed is a great place to learn more about what you can do with data: relational and non-relational, on-premises and in the cloud, big and small. On the show, Scott Klein and his guests demonstrate features, discuss the latest… Read more

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

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

Azure HDInsight Adds Deeper Tooling Experience in Visual Studio

To allow developers in Visual Studio to more easily incorporate the benefits of “big data” with their custom applications, Microsoft is adding a deeper tooling experience for HDInsight in Visual Studio in the most recent version of the Azure SDK. This extension to Visual Studio helps developers to visualize their Hadoop clusters, tables and associated… Read more

Azure HDInsight Clusters Allows Custom Installation of Spark Using Script Action

Apache Spark is a popular open source framework for distributed cluster computing. Spark has been gaining popularity for its ability to handle both batch and stream processing as well as supporting in-memory and conventional disk processing. Starting today, Azure HDInsight will make it possible to install Spark as well as other Hadoop sub-projects on its… Read more