Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Seeking Big Data ‘Insight’ for Azure

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been working to develop its Azure enterprise infrastructure to gather, cultivate and analyze Big Data for various enterprise entities. For more than a year of work – since the open-source Big Data platform Apache Hadoop hit the enterprise – Microsoft has been trying to develop a way to get its Azure platform to cultivate some Big Data workloads in the cloud.

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Say hello to HDInsight, which is the opportunity for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to distribute Hadoop data through the cloud. The announcement was made this week through the Windows Azure portal by Eron Kelly, the company’s manager of SQL Server product management. He wrote, “Windows Azure HDInsight Service offers full compatibility with Apache Hadoop, which ensures that when customers choose HDInsight they can do so with confidence, knowing that they are 100 percent Apache Hadoop compatible now and in the future.”

HDInsight by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) allows users to create Apache Hadoop data clusters in a matter of minutes rather than hours or days with other platforms, and the clusters can be managed  more easily with web-based tools and dashboards that look similar to Windows 8 and Microsoft’s Web services infrastructure.

“In addition, Windows Azure HDInsight Service integrates with our business intelligence tools including Excel, PowerPivot and Power View, allowing customers to easily analyze and interpret their data to garner valuable insights for their organization,” Kelly added.

What do you think about this new enterprise development for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)? Does your company work heavily with Big Data, and how important is it to your company and its success? Can this help Microsoft keep its enterprise edge over a hard-charging competitor like Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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