Windows Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based distribution forWindows Azure. Hadoop is a distributed storage and processing platform that provides analysis on large volumes of both relational and non-relational data.
With HDInsight, Azure customers can either leverage data in Windows Azure Blob storage or the native HDFS file system that is local to the compute nodes. You can then dynamically provision Hadoop clusters to process your data and leverage the elastic scale of Windows Azure. Read the CIO magazine spotlight that highlighted customers who are crunching large volumes of data and integrating new types of data into their analysis with HDInsight.
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