Microsoft announces major commitment to Apache Spark

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing.
This week in San Francisco, thousands of people are at Spark Summit, to explore and understand how they leverage Apache Spark to get the most out of big data. Building on our previous investments, today we are announcing an extensive commitment for Spark to power Microsoft’s big data and analytics offerings including Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, and Microsoft R Server:
Spark for Azure HDInsight General Availability, previously announced as public preview, Spark for Azure HDInsight generally available today, and introducing a fully managed Spark service from Hortonworks that has been hardened for the enterprise and made simpler for you to use. You can also rely on the industry’s highest availability service level agreement for Spark at 99.9%. You can get value out of Spark immediately with out-of-the-box integration with Jupyter, the most popular open source notebook for data


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