Back in January, Microsoft announced that they are going to acquire Revolution Analytics, a leading commercial provider of software and services for R, the world’s most widely used programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. They said that this acquisition will help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics. Today, Microsoft announced that they have closed the acquisition agreement.
Moving forward, we will build R and Revolution’s technology into our data platform products so companies, developers and data scientists can use it across on-premises, hybrid cloud and Azure public cloud environments. For example, we will build R into SQL Server to provide enormously fast and scalable in-database analytics that can be deployed in an enterprise customer’s datacenter, on Azure, or in a hybrid combination. In addition, we will integrate Revolution’s scalable R distribution into Azure HDInsight and Azure Machine Learning, making it much easier and faster to analyze big data, and to operationalize R code for production applications. We will also continue to support running Revolution R Enterprise across heterogeneous platforms including Linux, Teradata and Hadoop deployments. No matter where their data lives, customers and partners will be able to take advantage of R more quickly, simply and cost effectively than ever before.
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