Want to run a big data project in Windows Azure? HDInsight, Azure's Hadoop implementation, has gone into general availability.
HDInsight has been co-developed with Hortonworks, which next month plans to release a version of Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 for use more broadly in Windows Server. It also integrates with Microsoft's existing Power BI analytics platform and can be controlled with PowerShell scripts.
HDInsight is offered both on a pay-as-you-go plan or on contract, with per-hour charging for the head node and each compute node. There's no charge for the secure gateway node required for the service. Until the end of November, Microsoft is offering a half-price promotional deal; after that, the head node costs $US0.64 per hour, while each compute node is $US0.32 per hour. Existing Azure charges for storage and data transfer also apply. Signing a longer term contract reduces the per hour rates to $US0.44-0.51 for the head node and $US0.22-0.26 for the compute node.
Announcing Windows Azure HDInsight: Where big data meets the cloud [The Official Microsoft Blog]