Microsoft's Windows Azure HDInsight Service, designed in partnership with Hadoop specialist Hortonworks, makes standard Apache Hadoop available as a service in Microsoft's Azure cloud, allowing organizations to deploy Hadoop clusters in minutes and shut them down just as easily.
Integration with the Microsoft data platform means organizations can access and analyze their data with PowerPivot, Power View and other Microsoft BI tools, like Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).
"Hadoop is a cornerstone of big data," says Quentin Clark, corporate vice president, Microsoft Data Platform. "There are companies talking to us about how they don't feel they can even be competitive without embracing the big data phenomenon."
Here are nine success stories built on Windows Azure HDInsight Service.