Microsoft announced this week it’s bringing a version of Hadoop to Windows Server and to the Windows Azure cloud platform, and integrating it with Microsoft’s SQL Server data platform.
Hadoop is an open source, large-scale data processing system that is particularly good at managing large volume, complex, unstructured data such as data that comes in from millions of users’ clicks every time they access a website.
Adding Hadoop will provide another in a range of tools for business customers to manage and analyze big data, said Doug Leland, general manager of product management for SQL Server Marketing.
Microsoft is also working on getting Hadoop to work with its business-intelligence tools including Excel, PowerPivot and PowerView so individual end users have easy access to the information stored and managed through Hadoop.
A community technology preview (CTP) — akin to a beta — of Hadoop for Windows Azure will be ready by the end of 2011, Leland said. A CTP of Hadoop for Windows Server is scheduled to be available sometime in 2012.