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Microsoft Discusses Big Data at Hadoop Summit 2013

Hortonworks and Yahoo! kicked of the sixth annual Hadoop Summit yesterday in San Jose, the leading conference for the Apache Hadoop community. We’ve been on the ground discussing our big data strategy with attendees and showcasing HDInsight Service, our Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Azure, as well as our latest business intelligence (BI) tools. This morning, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Quentin Clark will deliver a presentation on “Reaching a Billion Users with Hadoop” where he will discuss how Microsoft is simplifying data management for customers across all types of platforms. You can tune in live at 8:30 AM PT at  

Hadoop Summit 2013Hortonworks also made an announcement this morning that aligns well with our goal to continue to simplify Hadoop for the enterprise.  They announced that they will develop management packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager that will manage and monitor the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). With these management packs, customers will be able to monitor and manage HDP from System Center Operations Manager alongside existing data center deployments, and manage HDP from System Center Virtual Machine Manager in virtual and cloud infrastructure deployments. For more information, visit

Another Microsoft partner, Simba Technologies, also announced yesterday that it will provide Open Database Connectively (ODBC) access to Windows Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s 100% Apache compatible Hadoop distribution. Simba’s Apache Hive ODBC Driver with SQL Connector provides customers easy access to their data for BI and analytics using the SQL-based application of their choice. For more information, see the full press release at For more information on Hadoop, see

Mike Flasko, a senior program manager for SQL Server, will also deliver a session this afternoon at 4:25PM PT focused on how 343 Industries, the studio behind the Halo franchise, is leveraging Windows Azure HDInsight Service to gain insight into the millions of concurrent gamers that lead to weekly Halo 4 updates and support email campaigns designed to increase player retention. If you are attending Hadoop Summit, be sure to sit in on Quentin’s keynote, stop by Mike’s session and check out our booth in the Expo Hall!

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