Microsoft earlier this week said Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based Hadoop service developed in partnership with Hortonworks, is now generally available after spending the last several months in public preview mode.
Microsoft and Hortonworks formed a partnership in 2011 to bring Hadoop to Windows Server. In May, Hortonworks launched its Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows, which lets users run Hadoop-based applications natively on either Windows or Linux.
Windows Azure HDInsight is the latest fruit of the Microsoft-Hortonworks partnership. In a Monday blog post, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of the Data Platform Group at Microsoft, said the service "combines the best of Hadoop open source technology with the security, elasticity and manageability that enterprises require."
Microsoft designed Windows Azure HDInsight to work with Excel and Power BI, its cloud-based business intelligence service that is part of Office 365. The service supports .NET, Java and several other development languages, Clark said in the blog post.
Hortonworks next month will roll out version 2.0 of its Hortonworks Data Platform For Windows Server that's based on Hadoop version 2. Microsoft plans to support Hadoop v2 in a future update to Windows Azure HDInsight, according to Clark.
"Microsoft recognizes Hadoop as a standard and is investing to ensure that it's an integral part of our enterprise offerings," Clark said in the blog post.