We are proud to announce that the community technology preview (CTP) of ApacheTM HadoopTM-based Services for Windows Azure (or Hadoop on Azure) is now available. As noted in on the SQL Server Data Platform Insider blog, the CTP is by invite only http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2011/12/14/availability-of-community-technology-preview-ctp-of-hadoop-based-service-on-windows-azure.aspx
While Hadoop is important to our customers for performance, scalability, and extreme volumes - as noted in our blog What’s so BIG about “Big Data”? – it is a slight paradigm shift for our us in the SQL community. Therefore, one of the great things about our new Hadoop on Azure service is that we’ve made Hadoop go all Metro – that is a Metro UI with a Live Tile implementation.
We’re really excited about this CTP – so if you want an invite code, please check out the fill out the Connect survey: http://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/Survey/Survey.aspx?SurveyID=13697 (you may have to copy/paste this link). Invite codes will be given out based on a selection criteria basis so please be patient.
As well, check out all of the great documentation and content so you can keep up to date on Hadoop on Azure:
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Is there any insight how the customers (developers and data analysts who are proficient in SQL skill) are supposed to use Hadoop data through Azure? There are a number of complex tools that are available (in non-MS world) but is there anything that Microsoft doing that can make it easy to query and get the results back from Hadoop? Last but not least, would the developers (.Net centric) have any better tools to code on Hadoop?
Great questions! Over time you will see us provide more tools to make it easier for the MS / SQL / .NET community work within the context of Hadoop. We've started the process by providing the Excel Hive Add-in that allows users to directly query Hadoop via Hive / HiveQL. More will be coming!