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Microsoft Releases Hadoop On Windows – InformationWeek

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The big data world knew it was coming, but now we know the official name of Microsoft’s Hadoop software distribution: Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows. The vendor announced the first preview release of the on-premises software on Wednesday at the Strata Conference in New York.
Microsoft also announced the third release of its Azure cloud-based Hadoop service, now known as Windows Azure HDInsight Service. Both were developed in partnership with Hadoop software developer and distributor Hortonworks.

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HDInsight Server for Windows includes core Hadoop (meaning the Hadoop Distributed File System and MapReduce), plus Pig for MapReduce programming, Hive data query infrastructure, Hortonworks’ recently introduced HCatalog table management service for access to Hadoop data, Scoop for data movement, and the Ambari monitoring and management console. All of the above have been reengineered to run on Windows and all are open-source components that are compatible with Apache Hadoop and are being contributed back to the community.
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The HDInsight Server is designed to work with (but does not include) Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server. In the case of Windows, HDInsight is integrated with Microsoft System Center for administrative control and Active Directory for access control and security.
“We’ve spent tremendous engineering time integrating it with the Windows management platform, so we end up with enterprise-grade, enterprise-scale management, deployment, and integrated security with the Windows infrastructure environment,” said Doug Leland, Microsoft’s general manager of SQL Server Marketing, in an interview with InformationWeek.
The integration with the larger systems environment is a contrast with the Oracle Big Data Appliance, which hands all things Hadoop over to Cloudera’s distribution of Apache Hadoop and proprietary Cloudera Manager administrative software (the appliance runs on Oracle Enterprise Linux, but deployment, admin, and user access is managed by…

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