Updated on June 24, HDInsight received some minor improvements. For those previewing the service, here is what you can expect to see:
- HDInsight 3.1 (HDP 2.1) is now generally available and is the default version for new clusters.
- HBase clusters, which are available in preview, can now be created in just 3 clicks from Azure Management Portal.
- Apache Mahout is now pre-installed on HDInsight 3.1 clusters.
- Hive queries can use Tez in HDInsight 3.1 to gain substantial performance improvements.
HDInsight is Microsoft's Azure-based Apache Hadoop service that provides for storing large amounts of unstructured data from a multitude of diverse resources that can be processed and analyzed in minutes.
You can find out more about the service here and sign up for a free trial: Microsoft Azure HDInsight