Microsoft’s Big Data Plans: Hadoop Links via SQL Server to SharePoint, Excel and Other Applications

by   |   November 29, 2012 6:01 pm   |   0 Comments

Like every other traditional database developer, Microsoft is playing catch-up with big data.

Driven by demand from customers wanting to sift unstructured textual data from social networks, machine-to-machine (M2M) data from server logs and other non-standard data sources, Microsoft has spent more than two years trying to add big-data storage and analytic capabilities to the company’s existing database products.

As Microsoft recently announced with its partnership with Hadoop integrator Hortonworks, the main thrust of the effort bolts the open-source Hadoop Distributed File System onto Microsoft’s SQL Server relational database.

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