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

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

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

Using Windows Azure to Speed up Genome Research and Save Millions of Dollars

A year ago at Virginia Tech researchers needed 2 weeks to analyze just 1 genome. Today, they can analyze 100 genomes each day. Why is this important? Scientists can learn more about our DNA and uncover more effective strategies for detecting, diagnosing, and treating diseases such as cancer. What’s helping to make this possible? An… Read more

Making Big Data Work for Everyone

This has been a really exciting week for the Microsoft data platform. On Monday, we announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365. This morning, we announced that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight—our cloud-based Hadoop service. And, I just presented at Strata, one of our industry’s premier… Read more

Microsoft to Join the Big Data Conversation as an Elite Sponsor at Strata, Santa Clara, CA

On February 11-13, Microsoft will join 2,700 of the world’s leading big data scientists, CIOs and executives at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, CA. For some, Microsoft does not come immediately to mind when thinking about leadership in data; however, along with the power of HDInsight, Microsoft is working to democratize big data –… Read more

Windows Azure HDInsight Released for GA

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss Microsoft’s vision to democratize big data by providing easy to use tools and a… Read more

Microsoft to Join the Big Data Conversation as an Elite Sponsor at Strata + Hadoop World, NYC

On October 28-30, Microsoft will join 2,700 of the world’s leading big data scientists, CIOs and executives at the Strata+Hadoop conference in New York City. For some, Microsoft does not come immediately to mind when thinking about leadership in data; however, along with the power of HDInsight, Microsoft is working to democratize big data –… Read more

Microsoft Talks Big Data at O’Reilly® Strata

For those of you into big data, O’Reilly’s® Strata Conference in Santa Clara, CA is the place to be. If you are there, visit the Microsoft booth to meet with Microsoft’s big brains for big data – and while you’re there, enter to win an Xbox 360 with Kinect. On Thursday, you won’t want to… Read more