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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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.