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February 18, 2015
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Microsoft Azure HDInsight on LINUX Expands Application Platforms

Today Microsoft announced two important new updates to their Azure HDInsight Service with Apache Hadoop 2.6, now available on new clusters.

We are excited to continue to work alongside Microsoft in expanding the deployment options to the Linux Operating System for managed Hadoop as a Service Azure HDInsight clusters. The HDInsight on Linux Preview leverages the completely open Apache Ambari framework to deploy, manage and monitor Hadoop clusters on premise or in the cloud.

This update also marks the General Availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2, including Storm, in Azure HDInsight.

HDP 2.2 is now available in Azure HDInsight

Hortonworks Data Platform Version 2.2 represents a major step forward for Hadoop as the foundation of a Modern Data Architecture. This release incorporates the last six months of innovation and includes more than a hundred new features and closes thousands of JIRAs across Apache Hadoop and its related projects.

With this release of Azure HDInsight built on HDP 2.2, Microsoft adds GA support for Stream processing using Apache Storm. With this addition, enterprises can quickly provision HDInsight clusters to support:

  • Interactive SQL workloads with Apache Hive and Tez, utilizing the speed enhancements of the initiative
  • Applications that require large scale low latency read/writes on top of Apache HBase and Apache Phoenix
  • Processing large volumes of high velocity streaming data in near real time on Apache Storm

Application and Data Interoperability with Expanded Platform Options

Through our deep engineering partnership and staying core to our mission of extending Hadoop to all communities, we are happy to support Microsoft as they make available Azure HDInsight on Linux. Hadoop as a service is now available to the Linux community, based on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.2, the only 100% open source Apache Hadoop distribution, providing choice, flexibility and agility.

HDP 2.2 is available on Azure HDInsight for Windows and Linux, and on premise for Windows and Linux deployments. As the only infrastructure to support both Windows and Linux natively, customers have the infrastructure and deployment choice so that applications built on premise can be moved to HDInsight seamlessly. Data that is stored on premise can be incrementally published with Apache Falcon to the Azure Blob Storage, and then processed in HDInsight clusters utilizing HDP platform capabilities.

Enabling the Hybrid Cloud

We are excited to be working with Microsoft to extend the Modern Data Architecture to the Hybrid cloud. To get started today…

Read from our partner, the latest on Microsoft Azure HDInsight and Microsoft loves Hadoop on Linux.


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