PolyBase Unstructured Data Storage Options

SQL Server 2016 includes PolyBase, a database management engine that simplifies access to unstructured data in Hadoop, Microsoft's Hadoop-based HDInsight service, and Azure Blob Storage.

Hadoop

Hadoop is a popular Apache open-source software framework that distributes processing and storage of large unstructured data sets across clusters of commodity computers. The framework provides fast processing with parallel computing, high reliability with automatic failover, and lower cost than high-performance servers and storage.

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