Cloud + Enterprise Release Announcements for October 15, 2014

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud + Enterprise team.

In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft provides the technologies and tools to enable enterprises to embrace a cloud culture. Our differentiated innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of the cloud first era.

You expect cloud-speed innovation from us, and we’re delivering across the breadth of our Cloud + Enterprise product portfolio. Below is a consolidated list of our latest releases to help you stay current, with links to additional details if you’d like more information.  In this update:

  • Azure HD Insight updates with Storm Clusters for Real-Time Processing and Gains Hybrid Data Connectors
  • Available Now: The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 


Azure HDInsight Updates with Storm Clusters for Real-Time Processing and Gains Hybrid Data Connectors

On October 15th, Microsoft announced Azure HDInsight will support Storm clusters in public preview. Storm is an open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem gives users access to an event-processing analytics platform that can reliably process millions of events. Now, users of Hadoop can gain insights as events happen, in addition to insights from past events. Additionally, we’ve also teamed up with Hortonworks to deliver hybrid data connectors between on-premises and cloud deployments. On-premises Hadoop customers using Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2 can move data from on-premises Hadoop into Azure HDInsight. This gives every on-premises Hadoop customer elastic cloud access for back up, burst capacity, and test/dev.

Read more about Storm through our documentation here.


Available Now: The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0

On October 13th, Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 3.0 was released. MVMC 3.0 is a supported, freely available solution for converting VMware-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard disks (VHDs).

With the latest release, MVMC 3.0 adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above, or Windows Vista or above to a virtual machine running on a Hyper-V host (P2V). This new functionality adds to existing features available including:

  • Native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
  • Conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
  • Conversion of offline virtual machines.
  • Conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V virtual machines.

For more information about the MVMC 3.0 solution including how to download, make sure you visit here.