Microsoft's Windows Azure, Server Will Leverage Apache Hadoop
Microsoft's Windows Azure and Windows Server will leverage Apache Hadoop in the service of big data crunching.Microsoft's plans for tackling big data within the enterprise include an Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure. Apache Hadoop is a scalable solution for companies looking to crunch massive amounts of data, sorting through it to find the tendencies and patterns necessary to make better business decisions. Organizations already using the open-source framework for production or educational purposes include eBay, Facebook, Hulu, IBM, Twitter, and a handful of universities. Yahoo nurtured Hadoop as a "science project" of sorts for six years before it split off under the umbrella of an independent, venture capital-funded company called Hortonworks.
Microsoft announced the Hadoop augmentation for Windows Server and Windows Azure-which obviously includes a strategic partnership with Hortonworks-at its PASS Summit 2011. "The next frontier is all about uniting the power of the cloud with the power of data to gain insights that simply weren't possible even just a few years ago," Microsoft corporate vice president Ted Kummert told the audience during his opening keynote.