Windows Azure HDInsight Supports Big Data

Windows Azure HDInsight, released in Oct. 2013, is Microsoft's cloud service based on Apache's Hadoop. The Hadoop software framework is designed to speed processing of large data sets (often called Big Data) and improve reliability and cost by distributing processing across clusters of commodity computers. It has been used to compile statistics from Web server logs for ad targeting, construct large Web search indexes, and extract consumer trends from unstructured data, among other tasks.

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