Azure has offered a Windows-based version of the HDInsight Hadoop implementation since late 2013. Now you have the option of running HDInsight in a Linux implementation on Azure as well.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Hadoop is the dominant platform for analysing big data, and as an open source project, it can run on a variety of operating systems. Whichever OS you choose, one core principle remains the same: your new big data systems are a complement to existing databases and analytics system, not a replacement for them.
Last October, Microsoft released HDInsight, its cloud-based subscription Hadoop implementation. That service has now been beefed up with support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters.