Today, Hortonworks announced the general availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100 percent open source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows. Microsoft has been working with Hortonworks as part of its approach to big data, and HDP for Windows is a direct result of this joint engineering partnership. With HDP for Windows, customers have an enterprise-ready Hadoop solution that is interoperable across Linux, Windows Server and Windows Azure. Customers can deploy Hadoop today on Windows Server in their own data centers. In addition, HDP for Windows offers easy migration to HDInsight, allowing customers to migrate seamlessly from HDP for Windows to Windows Azure HDInsight Service to take advantage of the elasticity and low cost of Hadoop in the cloud.