At the Strata+Hadoop World conference, Microsoft today announced that ustomers can run HDInsight on Ubuntu clusters with simple deployment, a managed service level agreement and full technical support. This is particularly compelling for enterprises that already use Hadoop on Linux on-premises like on Hortonworks Data Platform, because they can use common Linux tools, documentation, and templates and extend their deployment to Azure with hybrid cloud connections.
With HDInsight growing 20 percent every month and being one of the fastest growing services in Azure, we had a steady stream of requests to support Linux so our customers can take advantage of the ease-of-use and productivity benefits of Hadoop-as-a service. Responding to this demand, customers can now choose Windows or Linux operating systems when they deploy Hadoop in Azure. Both options are first class citizens, offering simple deployment, SLA, technical support for the entire stack, ranging from Hadoop to the operating system.
We are excited about what this means for customers who might already be familiar with Hadoop on Linux on-premises. Customers can now augment their current deployments with the cloud and leverage all of their existing skillsets and tooling (documentation, samples, and templates) to do so. Within a hybrid environment, customers can mix the control and flexibility of on-premises deployments with the elasticity and redundancy of the cloud. In conjunction with Hortonworks HDP 2.2’s out-of-the-box Falcon connectors to Azure, HDInsight on Linux can make hybrid scenarios an easy transition.
Read more about it here.