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Getting Started with Microsoft Azure on MapR with Apache Drill

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MapR Fast Start on Azure Now Available:
Fully functional Hadoop Sandbox with Apache Drill on pre-configured Azure instances.


MapR to Offer Cloud-based Hadoop with Microsoft Azure


A growing collection of integrated services including computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web.

Simplifying the on-ramp to the cloud, Microsoft and MapR deliver enterprise-grade Hadoop on-demand in the public cloud. Customers will be able to use high-performance, enterprise-grade Hadoop with the cost advantages of Azure’s on-demand cloud services. MapR is architected to provide a scalable and agile Hadoop platform and NoSQL database for big and fast data applications. The MapR Distribution will also be integrated with the Azure Data Lake, enabling users to deploy tiered analytical and storage capabilities in the cloud.

The integration between Microsoft and MapR technologies allows customers to:

  • Deploy MapR directly from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
  • Transfer data between MapR and any of the Microsoft SQL Server services within Azure
  • Extend the reach of Microsoft Power BI via SQL to data sources in the MapR cluster. For example, Apache Drill, part of the MapR Distribution, uniquely provides the first schema-free SQL engine to instantly analyze semi-structured data without prior data transformation or schema definition
  • Run the MapR-DB NoSQL database for real-time operational workloads (optionally synchronized across all Azure regions)

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It’s open and flexible

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It enables you to unlock insights

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