Microsoft Beefs Up Linux Data Science Virtual Machine
Microsoft adds its R Server Developer Edition to the Linux version of the company's cloud-based data science offering.Microsoft R Server Developer Edition is now available on the Linux version of the company's Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM), enabling users to build models using Microsoft's ScaleR libraries. In January, Microsoft launched R Server Developer Edition, a free version of the analytics platform for developers, students and nonproduction deployments. The offering arrived nearly a year after the software maker announced it was acquiring Revolution Analytics, the leading commercial supporter of R, the popular open-source statistical computing language. Making Microsoft R Server Developer available on the Linux flavor of the DSVM offers a major bump in big data processing capabilities. Prior to the release, it only supported Microsoft R Open, which cloud only process as much data as would fit in memory, according to the company. Addressing the educational and training markets, Microsoft announced that the solution now supports an interactive data science and scientific computing platform used by schools and enterprises that are ramping up their analytics capabilities.
"Another major update on the Linux VM [virtual machine] is our support for JupyterHub, a multiuser solution for Jupyter Notebook server," wrote Gopi Kumar, principal program manager in Microsoft's Data Group, in a blog post. "Based on our experience, Jupyterhub has been particularly useful in education and training scenarios, where a single VM instance is able to support multiple users independently working on their own single-user notebook server instances with OS authentication."