Big Data Support

This is the team blog for the Big Data Support team at Microsoft. We support HDInsight which is Hadoop running on Windows Azure in the cloud, as well as other big data features.

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  • Blog Post: Structured vs Semi-structured Data

    My name is Bill Carroll and I am a member of the Microsoft HDInsight support team. The majority of my working career has been spent on SQL Server, a relational database. Little did I think about it all these years, but relational databases are structured data. When we create a table we define the structure...
  • Blog Post: How to add custom Hive UDFs to HDInsight

    I recently had a need to add a UDF to Hive on HDInsight. I thought that it would be good to share that experience on a blog post. Hive provides a library of built-in functions to achieve the most common needs. The cool thing is that it also provides the framework to create your own UDF. I had a recent...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with Hive on HDInsight

    Hi, my name is Dharshana and I work on the Big Data Support Team at Microsoft. As covered in the earlier post by Dan from our team, HDInsight provides a very easy to use interface to provision a Hadoop cluster with a few clicks and interact with the cluster programmatically. In this blog post, we will...
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