Microsoft Completes Acquisition of Revolution Analytics
The move is expected to enhance Microsoft's big data analytics and machine learning capabilities in the cloud while maintaining Revolution's open-source roots.It's a done deal. Microsoft on April 6 said it had closed on its acquisition of Revolution Analytics. The financial terms of the transaction, which was first announced in February, were not disclosed. Revolution Analytics is an R programming language specialist based in Mountain View, Calif. "R is the world's most popular programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics, used by more than 2 million people worldwide," noted Microsoft's Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of the software giant's Information Management and Machine Learning division, in a statement. "Revolution has made R enterprise-ready with speed and scalability for the largest data warehouses and Hadoop systems," continued Sirosh, highlighting two of the most desirable traits in Microsoft's efforts to build an enterprise-grade big data analytics ecosystem based on its rapidly expanding Azure cloud computing platform. Sirosh used the announcement as an opportunity to rib a Microsoft rival in the business analytics space. "With its unique parallel external memory algorithms, Revolution R Enterprise is able to deliver speeds 42 times faster than competing technology from SAS," he said.
Microsoft plans to add R to SQL Server, enabling in-database analytics in on-premises, Azure or hybrid implementations of the technology. Sirosh added that his company will also "integrate Revolution's scalable R distribution into Azure HDInsight and Azure Machine Learning, making it much easier and faster to analyze big data, and to operationalize R code for production applications."