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Rob Farley

- Owner/Principal with LobsterPot Solutions (a MS Gold Partner consulting firm), Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft MVP (SQL Server) and leader of the SQL User Group in Adelaide, Australia. Rob is also a Director of PASS, and runs training courses around the world in SQL Server and BI topics.

SQL + Hadoop news

I’m at the PASS Summit, and announcements are coming out nice and fast. One of the big ones that has just been made is that SQL Server will work much more closely with Apache Hadoop. Amazing stuff, that I think helps people realise that Microsoft is very much about providing platforms, and isn’t trying to stop you from using your other platforms either.

So in the “coming soon”, there were:

  • Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure
  • ODBC Driver and Add-in for Excel, both for Apache Hive
  • JavaScript Framework for Hadoop

I’m not doing anything with Hadoop myself, but I know plenty of people do, and this is really good news!

Published Thursday, October 13, 2011 4:07 AM by Rob Farley

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Sanjay Agrawal said:

It is great that Microsoft is embracing Apache Hadoop. With a great BI stack and now the power of Hadoop nicely integrated with the stack, Microsoft would not only be able to hold on to its customer base, but would also potentially expand into new verticals where Big Data is emerging as a big opportunity.

Partnership with HortonWorks, the creator of Hadoop, is a pretty good idea. However, it remains to be see how quickly Hortonworks comes up with a stable and production ready version of Hadoop on Windows. Right strategy but lots of challenges for Microsoft to make this partnership work.

With these announcements, I wonder where would Microsoft's own projects Project Daytona (http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/daytona/default.aspx) and Project Dryad end up?

Sanjay

October 12, 2011 10:35 PM

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