Microsoft has shown once again that it can act decisively and smartly improve its offerings in doing so. It has “disrupted” itself in a way that will be positive for the community and probably the Microsoft bottom line.
In a November 11 blog post, Microsoft announced that it would not be moving forward with a production release of LINQ to HPC, something that was an alternative distributed Big Data platform. Codenamed Dryad, LINQ to HPC would have been Microsoft’s proprietary alternative to Hadoop, designed to run Big Data jobs on clusters of Windows servers. Instead, they are focusing their efforts on developing Hadoop distributions for Windows Servers and Azure, a platform for building, hosting, and scaling applications in Microsoft datacenters.
The Microsoft post read in part:
Hadoop has emerged as a great platform for analyzing unstructured data or large volumes of data at low cost, which aligns well with Microsoft’s vision for its Information Platform. It also has a vibrant community of users and developers eager to innovate on this platform. Microsoft is keen to not only contribute to this vibrant community, but also help its adoption in the Enterprise. We expect a preview version on Windows Azure available by end of the calendar year.
- Microsoft Ditches Dryad, Focuses On Hadoop (informationweek.com)
- Microsoft Kills Own Big Data Project In Favor of Open Source (wired.com)