SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 3.0 is available

The SQL Server engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2016 October public preview release CTP 3.0.  This release is a key milestone for SQL Server 2016 with all the key capabilities landing, including RRE integration. To learn more about this release, visit the SQL Server 2016 preview page. To experience… Read more

Microsoft expands Azure Data Lake to unleash big data productivity

By T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president, Data Platform In July of this year, Satya Nadella shared our broad vision for big data and analytics when he announced Cortana Analytics. Building on this vision, today we’re announcing a new and expanded Azure Data Lake that makes big data processing and analytics simpler and more… Read more

MapR-based Hadoop Clusters Coming to the Azure Marketplace

Microsoft is committed to continuous innovation to make Azure the best cloud platform for running hyper-scale big data projects. This includes an existing Hadoop-as-a-service solution, Azure HDInsight, a hyper-scale repository for big data, Azure Data Lake, and Hadoop infrastructure-as-a-service offerings from Hortonworks and Cloudera. This week, Hortonworks also announced their most recent milestone with Hortonworks… Read more

Microsoft Releases Azure HDInsight on Linux and Machine Learning GA at Strata Conference

Today at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft is announcing the public preview of Azure HDInsight running on Linux, the general availability of Storm on HDInsight, the general availability of Azure Machine Learning, and the availability of Informatica technology on Azure. These new services are part of our continued investment in a broad portfolio of solutions… 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

How to Hadoop: 4 Resources to Learn and Try Cloud Big Data

Are you curious about how to begin working with big data using Hadoop? Perhaps you know you should be looking into big data analytics to power your business, but you’re not quite sure about the various big data technologies available to you, or you need a tutorial to get started.   If you want a quick overview on why you… Read more

Expanding the Availability and Deployment of Hadoop Solutions on Microsoft Azure

Author: Shaun ConnollyVP Corporate Strategy – Hortonworks Data growth threatens to overwhelm existing systems and bring those systems to their knees. That’s one of the big reasons we’ve been working with Microsoft to enable a Modern Data Architecture for Windows users and Microsoft customers. A history of delivering Hadoop to Microsoft customers Hortonworks and Microsoft… Read more

The ins and outs of Apache Storm – real-time processing for Hadoop

Yesterday at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters on Azure HDInsight.  This post will give you the ins and outs of Storm. What is Storm? Apache Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, open source real-time event processing solution. Storm was originally used by Twitter to process massive streams of data… Read more

Microsoft announces real-time analytics in Hadoop and new ML capabilities in Marketplace

This morning at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters inside HDInsight as well as new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Apache Storm is an open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem which gives users access to an event-processing analytics platform that can reliably process millions of events…. Read more