UBUNTU is to become the basis for the first officially supported Linux-based application for the Microsoft Azure cloud as it continues to expand its ties to the open source community.
Canonical and Microsoft confirmed in a joint announcement that the Hadoop-based big data service offering HDInsight will run on Ubuntu and Hortonworks.
T K Ranga Rengarajan said, corporate vice president of data platform, cloud and enterprise at Microsoft said: "The general availability of Azure HDInsight on Ubuntu Linux, which includes a service level agreement guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime and full technical support for the entire stack, offers the choice of running Hadoop workloads on the Hortonworks Data Platform in Azure HDInsight using Ubuntu or Windows.
"There's also a growing ecosystem of ISVs delivering tools to create big data solutions on the Azure data platform with HDInsight.”
The news is an official announcement of a service first made available as a preview earlier in the year.
Since that time the unlikely combo said that they have seen growing adoption of HDInsight for Ubuntu as a straightforward way to move Hadoop easily from on-premise to the cloud.
Canonical explained that both companies have a common goal of hybrid cloud computing, including large-scale deployments spanning public and private infrastructures. It also pointed to the fact that there are more big data solutions on Ubuntu than on any other platform.
HDInsight is capable of running a wide variety of open source analytics engines, including Hive, Spark, HBase and Storm.
Microsoft made the announcement as part of recent improvements to its Azure Data Lake service. These include the Azure Data Lake Store, which can provide a single repository for customers to easily capture data of any size, type and speed without forcing changes to their application as data scales, Azure Data Analytics and a new service built on Apache Yarn that dynamically scales the customer environment based on need.
Microsoft revealed recently that the company uses an Azure Switch built on Linux. µ
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