December 12, 2011, 3:19 PM — Making good on an announcement made earlier this year, Microsoft has installed a version of Apache Hadoop on its Azure cloud service. The company now offers a limited preview version of the open-source data analysis platform, often used for big data-style analysis.
The availability is part of an Azure upgrade the company announced Monday.
In October, Microsoft announced that it would offer Hadoop on Azure, with the help of Hortonworks, a Yahoo spinoff company that offers a Hadoop distribution.
This update offers only a trial version of Hadoop, and Microsoft made no announcement of when it will be available as a full service. Those interested in running the preview version must submit a form. From the submissions, Microsoft will pick an unspecified number of users to test the platform, based on anticipated usage patterns.