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What is Azure HDInsight?

HDInsight is a fully-managed cloud Hadoop offering that provides optimized open source analytic clusters for Spark, Hive, MapReduce, HBase, Storm, Kafka, and R Server backed by a 99.9% SLA.

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Microsoft
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Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. Flagship products include Windows, Office, Azure, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics ERP and CRM, as well as Xbox; Skype; and Windows Phone.
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Year Founded
1975
Total Revenue (USD mm)
110,360
HQ Location
Redmond, WA
Phone
+1 (877) 276-2464
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NASDAQ: MSFT
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
Employees on LinkedIn®
166,946
Twitter
@Microsoft
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8,609,749
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"Intune MDM is more stabke than others"

What do you like best?

First thing i want to say is it is stable. In my work i used mobile iron, BES, air watch and intune from azure. Intune from azure is the most stabke one i need to say. I always using it to verify our app's MDM feature vecause it will give me an accurate result.

What do you dislike?

Hard for new users to use. AZURE includes a lot of microsoft's feature. You need to spand time on it to get used to work with it. Not new user friendly. And if you are having issues are can barely find something useful from the azure log.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

MDM management for our developing app. Using one feature call intune in azure. The benefit for me is save my time and let my work effective.

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"Azure"

What do you like best?

High Availability

Unlike other vendors, the Microsoft Azure cloud offers high availability and redundancy in data centers on a global scale. Because of this, Azure can offer a service level agreement, or SLA, of 99.95% (approximately 4.38 hours of downtime per year), something that most businesses cannot achieve.

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Security

Microsoft Azure has a strong focus on security, following the standard security model of Detect, Assess, Diagnose, Stabilize and Close. Paired with strong cyber security controls, this model has allowed Azure to achieve multiple compliance certifications, all of which establish Azure as a leader in IaaS security. Not only is the platform protected, the end user is also covered with Azure. This multi-level of protection is essential as security threats continue to multiply daily across the globe, targeting end users and putting your business’ data at risk. Azure provides simple, user-friendly services for increased protection, such as multi-factor authentication and application password requirements.

New Call-to-actionScalability

Scalability is the backbone of any good cloud provider, and Azure is no different. For example, consider the following: a firm runs SQL reports daily for 28 out of 30 days of the month, using minimal compute power. On the last two days of the month, there is an increase in report activity, requiring more compute power. Microsoft Azure makes it easy to scale compute power up or down with nothing more than the click of a button. With this scalability structure, businesses have the flexibility to pay for only what they use.

Cost-Effectiveness

It’s imperative to keep IT budgets in mind when choosing a cloud provider, which is why the Microsoft Azure platform is so attractive to many organizations. Azure’s pay-as-you-go pricing allows SMBs to better manage their IT budgets, purchasing only as much as they need. Additionally, the cloud environment allows businesses to launch both customer applications and internal apps in the cloud, which saves on infrastructure costs while reducing the hardware and maintenance burdens on in-house IT management.

What do you dislike?

Requires Management

As with anything, there are a couple of potential cons with Microsoft Azure. Unlike SaaS platforms where the end-user is consuming information (for example, Office 365), IaaS (Azure) moves your business’ compute power from your data center or office to the cloud. As with most cloud service providers, Azure needs to be expertly managed and maintained, which includes patching and server monitoring.

Requires Platform Expertise

Unlike local servers, Azure requires expertise to ensure all moving parts work together efficiently. A common mistake by business administrators that are not fully engaged in how well (or poorly) their cloud servers are operating is to over-provision cloud services. While a common mistake, on premise servers’ compute power does not translate equivocally in the cloud, potentially costing businesses thousands of dollars per year.

As more and more businesses continue to move their data to the cloud, it can be difficult to track which provider is best for your business. As an IT company serving small and mid-size businesses, iCorps had to conduct its own proof of concept, migrating core business applications to Azure to ensure maximum efficiency. With a seamless migration and continued usage, iCorps hasn’t looked back, saving nearly $4,000 per month on licensing, hardware, and support.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost-Effectiveness

High Availability

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"Azure makes bigdata engineer life easier"

What do you like best?

Azure platform is a place where almost we can find everything that are required for a typical data engineer work. And the most amazing part of azure is having HDInsight (HDP cluster) and Databricks at one place with various eco system noteobooks like Jupyter, Zeppelin etc which makes the Data Scientist job easier.

Also, another amazing part with Azure is storing data in a blob storage and exploring the metadata of various sources using data catalog.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing much to say, but still the way to interact with various components can be made easier to the end user.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Teams who want to have a cost effective quick solution and for building data pipelines or ingestion platforms can go with azure with very less resources.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building data ingestion platform and data pipelines using spark and doing ETL as per the business requirements

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"HDInsight for Marketing ""

What do you like best?

Azure itself is very user friendly, HDInsight is a great addition. For our purposes, we definitely also use the powerful query to translate data into Excel.

What do you dislike?

The only problem I have is when loading large volumes of data, sometimes I get an error message, I suppose that means something is corrupted inside. I'd love a way to sort this out without having to start over.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend Azure by itself is very friendly, HDInsight is a great addition. For our purposes, we definitely also use the powerful query to translate data into Excel.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

HDInsight is being used with a company for which I currently consult. Your marketing department needed help with analyzing and managing large files / data and processing all of them. It is being used only by the advertising and marketing department and addresses issues that arise when we spend large amounts of money on Google Analytics, Facebook, Instagram, etc., and we want to allocate expenses.

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"Hadoop Hive on Azure!"

What do you like best?

Azure has a tremendous selection of built-in deployment tool for virtual machines and servers in the cloud. The marketplace is divided into Compute, Networking, Storage, Web+Mobile, Databases, Intelligence/Analytics, IoE, Security, etc. For the sake of my project, Hadoop Hortonworks came standardized. Little setup and configuration is needed on the user side, other than choosing the amount of cpu/nodes you required and what the purposes of the VM will be. Customization can be done during the initial setup or after it's completed (for instance specifying an static IP address).

What do you dislike?

There were times that terminating (shutting down) a virtual machines did not succeed properly. In which case, the VM would still run in the background and you will continuously billed for the time that your server is running. I learned this the hard way and I would wait on the browser screen until the termination of the server is complete and then shut off the browser window.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used an academic version of Microsoft Azure in conjunction with Hadoop Hortonworks to run an ETL Datawarehouse with an Tableau desktop application to visualize the data inputs for NYC high school graduation rates and SAT test scores. Ease of usage, relatively low maintenance cost and the ability to share the work space in a collaborative setting were excellent benefits.

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"Azure HDInsight Review"

What do you like best?

What I liked the most was the poly base and ease in aggregating raw data sets, it was easy to use and very helpful.

What do you dislike?

What I disliked the most was the cost point because it's prohibitive to use all the time, in other words, you can't use it 24/7

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it for problems related to cost management, internal and operational efficiencies, to improve business processes as well as outcomes. The benefits I've had have been to work on these on an advanced manner when it comes to developing new data.

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"Ease of implementation and offerings are amazing"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and implement. Analytics is just off the charts, the data lake capabilities and the addition of the new offerings by Microsoft is game changing. It is critical for our industry and business needs.

What do you dislike?

The single point of maintenance and the fact it is really pricey for organization of our size. The end user performance was flaky at times, however, we were able to shake it off after certain tweaks.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data analysis, the innovation on analytics and the enhancement on decision making with stake holders

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"Azure - Web App user"

What do you like best?

The easiest of installation and setup of new environment - not depends on server quality as in case of standard environment

What do you dislike?

Not enough instruction how to setup environment

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I don't have any recommendation from my site

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fastest of setup infrastructure on client site

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"Effective for performing HDFS job in cloud"

What do you like best?

Simple to setup a cluster and use whenever is required.

What do you dislike?

It is very costly to run MapReduce jobs in cloud.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it if you want to implement your system in cloud.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using HDInsight for our traffic analytics and incident detection.

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"Easy to use but has some flaws"

What do you like best?

Azure is a fantastic platform for monitoring performance. Everything is right at your fingertips, and is easy to access.

What do you dislike?

It's a little training intensive. It usually took so long to teach clients how to use it that it was easier to simply control it for them.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be ready for some intensive training for your admins. Otherwise this is a great product!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NA

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"Thinking without thought "

What do you like best?

If i had to be completely honest i love how the system allows me to be lazy.. it simply does all the work.

What do you dislike?

It takes a little while to get used to but that’s not really a negative

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The system allows for more accurate information synthesis and analysis

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"HDInsigh"

What do you like best?

Great collection of open-source frameworks such as Hadoop, Spark, Hive, LLAP, Kafka, Storm, R, etc. Great ETL capability! Best cloud platform for IoT. Great flexible pricing.

What do you dislike?

Nothing in particular, but would like more built in tools for managed services.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Best cloud based bigdata platform.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IoT data analysis, data warehousing.

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"Fabulous software!"

What do you like best?

The software is cost-effective for my organization's open source analytics

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it lags, but it truly hasn't been a big deal

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The software seamlessly processes large amounts of data and gets all the benefits of large open sourcing because of the global scale of Azure.

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"Experience with axure HDInsight"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use .Helped me in my business work.have many functions which help me to work easier.

What do you dislike?

Nothing disliked.and no bad expirence.with it

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used in my business work.

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"Great product when we used it "

What do you like best?

Awesome product for open source analytics.

Easy

Fast

What do you dislike?

If I had to say anything here it would be the cost for enterprise.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data scenarios

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"Good for analytics"

What do you like best?

It is cost-effective and a good enterprise-grade service for open source analytics.

What do you dislike?

Loading large volumes sometimes throughs errors.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data prepartaion

Azure HDInsight Features

  • Real-Time Data Collection
  • Data Distribution
  • Hadoop Integration
  • Spark Integration
  • Machine Scaling
  • Data Preparation

Azure HDInsight User Ratings

7.8
Ease of Use
Average: 8.2*
8.3
Quality of Support
Average: 8.2*
7.5
Ease of Setup
Average: 7.5*
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