Hadoop, the Apache opensource project is getting support from a unexpected direction. Microsoft is starting to support the opensource project. The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.
Quentin Clark, corporate VP of data platforms at Microsoft, stated "We believe Hadoop is the cornerstone of a sea change coming to all businesses" during his keynote during the Hadoop Summit.
Microsoft's data platform includes everything from its SQL Server
database products to business intelligence (BI) features in Excel. In
addition, playing well with Hadoop's open source community and leading
Hadoop proponents like Hortonworks is a key component of Redmond's big
data strategy. You can read more on this subject at informationweek.com