Forrester Names Azure a Leader in Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions

This week at WPC 2016 in Toronto, Azure has been making big wins. By most rankings, Microsoft is number two in cloud market share, well behind Amazon Web Services, although a recent survey by Morgan Stanley predicted that Microsoft Azure will edge out AWS by 2019 - for both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).  

Apache Hadoop

As more organizations hope to increase profound insights from their constantly growing stores of data, a lot of them are concentrating on an open source framework called Apache Hadoop for offering a flexible, yet efficient approach to store and process the huge amounts of data. Hadoop powers solutions to help businesses improve their performance, educators to better connect with their students, medical professionals to improve care quality, researchers to accelerate new advancements in science and more.

In a matter of few years, a system of software packages has appeared in order to process and manage Hadoop data clusters.

Forrester's Cloud Industry Assessment

After evaluating eight different vendors along 37 criteria, Forrester recognized Microsoft Azure as a leader in their Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions. Microsoft Azure was named one of the four leaders and placed ahead of Amazon Web Services, IBM, and Google in terms of both their current offerings and strategy. Microsoft was also specifically mentioned for “having a cloud-first strategy that is paying off.”

Microsoft is trying to make big data processing and analytics easier and more accessible to bring big data to everybody. They do this through the Cortana Intelligence Suite which offers a managed big data and advanced analytics solution in the cloud.  Inside Cortana Intelligence is the Azure Data Lake which includes HDInsight, a managed Hadoop service that runs Hortonworks Data Platform, Data Lake Analytics, a new service built on Apache YARN that dynamically scales your big data jobs, and Data Lake Store, a single repository to capture data of any size, type, and speed.

After the report was made public, a representative of Hortonworks, the company behind Hadoop, was quoted on the Azure Blog saying:


We are excited to see Microsoft so prominently placed in the Forrester Big Data Hadoop Cloud Wave. The engineering teams from Hortonworks and Microsoft have worked hand-in-hand on making Azure HDInsight the best platform to deploy Hortonworks Data Platform. We look forward to continuing our deep partnership together to give our customers the best options to deploy Hadoop on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid scenarios.

Microsoft continues to focus on delivering the highest value to its customers and partners through innovations that make big data and analytics accessible.

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