Microsoft Delivers 'Windows Azure HDInsight Service,' Cloud-based Distribution of Hadoop

Windows Azure adds cloud-based distribution of Hadoop dubbed HDInsight Service, HTML5/JS (CORS), PhoneGap, Mercurial and Dropbox support. 10 new class at Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure unveiled.

Windows Azure HDInsight Service - Microsoft's cloud-based distribution of Hadoop - is now available as a standard preview service through the Windows Azure Portal.

"Windows Azure HDInsight Service builds on top of the Hortonworks Data Platform to ensure full compatibility with Apache Hadoop while providing customers with the low cost and elasticity of cloud computing," the Azure team explains.

During preview, "the compute cost for HDInsight Service will be only 50% of the normal compute cost for Azure."

A Hadoop-based cluster will need one Head node and one or more compute nodes. "During the preview period, the head node is available as an Extra Large instance at $0.48 per hour per cluster, and the compute node is available as a Large instance at $0.24 per hour per instance," Microsoft wrote.

Windows Azure HDInsight Server: Deploy and Manage Hadoop Clusters on Azure

In additon, Azure also added today support to enable HTML5/JS Client (CORS) clients, PhoneGap apps, Windows Phone 7.5 clients, as well as .NET Portable Library support to use Windows Azure Mobile Services as a backend.

Windows Azure Mobile Services: HTML5/JS Client (CORS), PhoneGap, Windows Phone 7.5

Also, released today's a number of deployment/publishing enhancements to Windows Azure Web Sites:

  • In addition to already existing TFS, CodePlex, Git and GitHub source control provider support--Mercurial Source Control Support added today--now lets you use Mercurial (Hg) repositories when setting up continuous deployment of your Websites from your CodePlex or Bitbucket repositories.
  • Additionally, improved UI now makes it easier to setup deployment from source-control. "Simply click the "Setup deployment from source control" link on your web-site dashboard, and a new wizard will appear that makes it trivial to walkthrough setting up publishing endpoints using a variety of source control providers and sites."
  • Dropbox deployment support, making website deployment as easy as copying files to a folder on a local computer.
  • "To enable this from the Windows Azure management portal, click the "Set up deployment from source control" link on your Web site dashboard, choose Dropbox and authorize the connection, and then choose a Dropbox sub-folder to synchronize. You can then simply copy your source files to the Dropbox sub-folder on your local computer and press the "Sync" button in the Windows Azure Portal to deploy the files. Windows Azure will automatically build sources as needed, similar to Git or TFS based deployments," Microsoft explains.

    Also, the deployment history tab in the portal will keep track of your deployments and enables you to re-deploy any previous deployment with the click of a button.

    windows azure web sites: mercurial and dropbox deployment support

  • In addition to the new setup wizard for source control deployment, Azure also includes some enhancements to the source control UI.
  • "Deployment history in the management portal now accurately reflects which source control provider is connected for continuous deployment."
  • Also, it's now possible to disconnect from an already connected source provider on a web-site in order to set up a different one (previously you had to delete the site to do this).

  • It's also now possible to renew the certificate used by Team Foundation Service for continuous deployment directly from the Azure management portal. "Click the "Renew TFS certificate" link on either the Dashboard or Quick Start page," the company adds.
  • Support for Regenerating the Publish Profile right from the Web Sites dashboard.
  • Watch this 2 minute screencast to see how easy it now is to deploy web sites to Windows Azure using Dropbox:

    Customer can get start with Windows Azure HDInsight Service here.

    Update 03/24: In this introduction to Windows Azure HDInsight Service--you will get to know about Big Data, Hadoop, and new Hadoop-based HDInsight serive.

    With the part 1 below cover Big Data and Hadoop:

    The part 2 cover the specifics of HDInsight Service:

    Creating your first HDInsight cluster and run samples video walks you through the simple steps of signing up for HDInsight preview, creating your first cluster, and running two Map Reduce samples.

    Note: If you are trying the HDInsight service yourself, please make sure you shutdown the cluster when you no longer need it.

    "HDInsight clusters are using multiple compute instances to do parallel processing in the cloud, please remember a default cluster uses 24 cores with a 8 core head node and 4x4core compute nodes."

    Update 03/26: Windows Azure HDInsight:

    Windows Azure Mobile Services - for Organizations and the Enterprise:

    Dropbox Deployment to Windows Azure Web Sites:

    Windows Phone - Getting Started With Windows Azure Mobile ServicesL:

    Update 04/02: Microsoft in April 2012 announcedMicrosoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, today, the company has added 10 new teams powered by TechStars that include:

    • "1Track--Bellevue, Wash. enhances the consumer in-store shopping experience and drives sales for retailers.
    • unifies cloud storage services to allow people to access files from anywhere.
    • Azuqua--Bellevue, Wash. helps companies build integrated cloud-based enterprise apps in ten minutes or less.
    • Beehive Biometrics--Austin, Texas. is a service that enables developers to incorporate biometric matching into apps with a single line of code.
    • Boxella--Redmond, Wash. helps retailers sell add-on products through an app that tracks individual customer inventory.
    • Builders Cloud--Bellevue, Wash. is a file-sharing and mobile collaboration platform for the construction industry.
    •, Ore. makes it easy for engineering teams to build their continuous integration and deployment pipeline.
    • GiftGiv--Redmond, Wash. makes business gifting simple while retaining the personal touch.
    • nuMVC--Denver. is a content distribution platform that automates delivery of relevant content anywhere on the web.
    • ScanMyList--Everett, Wash. is a mobile app empowering businesses to efficiently utilize BI from sales and order information," informs Microsoft.