Microsoft announces availability of its Azure based Hadoop service

Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. The service has been in a public preview test since March but Microsoft is now saying it is ready for general availability.

Microsoft's Quentin Clark, the Corporate Vice President of the company's Data Platform Group, in official blog post stated that Windows Azure HDInsight offers the open source software profits as Hadoop encloses the combination of security and management features that Microsoft's services can provide.

Microsoft is not the first to offer Hadoop as a cloud service. Amazon Web Services offers Hadoop and Rackspace plans to offer the HDP as a service soon. Microsoft features "deep integration" between HDInsight and Microsoft tools such as PowerPivot, Power View and the Excel 2013 add-on Power Map

Microsoft has been working with Hortonworks on this project and it will release HDP (Hortonworks Data Platform) 2.0 for Windows Server sometime in November; Hadoop v2 will also be supported in a future version of HDInsight.