writes "Microsoft and Hortonworks, the spinoff company of ex-Yahoo employees who developed the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) used in Big Data deployments, announced today the availability of a beta version of HDP for Windows Server. The announcement involves two core products: HDInsight Service on Azure and HDInsight Server for on-premise deployments. Both are available for download from the Hortonworks site. Data is stored in the HDFS file system, so HDP can coexist with your current server installations and there is no conflict between the two. Microsoft plans for integration between its own products and services and HDP in a future release. General availability of HDP for Windows Server is slated for the second calendar quarter of 2013.
Up to now, the HDP platform has only been available on Linux. While Linux has grown into a formidable server platform, it accounts for 21% of the market, according to IDC. Windows Server accounts for 51% of the market and was a logical choice to expand the platform. HDP for Windows Server is 100% open source and is the result of 18 months of work between Hortonworks and Microsoft."Link to Original Source