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Azure HDInsight

Azure HDInsight is a cloud-based service from Microsoft for big data analytics that helps organizations process large amounts of streaming or historical data. Microsoft promotes HDInsight for applications in data warehousing and ETL (extract, transform, load) scenarios as well as machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT) environments.

The fully-managed and open source service is based on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Hadoop distribution and includes implementations of Apache products, including:

  • Spark
  • HBase
  • Storm
  • Pig
  • Hive
  • Sqoop
  • Oozie
  • Ambari

HDInsight enables integration with business intelligence tools like Power BI, Excel, SQL Server Analysis Services and SQL Server Reporting Services. The service's security measures for data include encryption, monitoring, virtual networks, Active Directory authentication, authorization and role-based access control (RBAC).

This was last updated in March 2018

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