Apache spark to power microsoft bigdata analytics

Microsoft is  making a serious commitment to the open source Apache Spark cluster computing framework.

After dipping its toes into the Spark ecosystem last year, the company today launched a number of Spark-based services out of preview and announced that the on-premises version of R Server for Hadoop (which uses the increasingly popular open source R language for big data analytics and modeling) is now powered by Spark.
In addition, Microsoft announced that R Server for HDInsight (essentially the cloud-based version of R Server) is coming out of preview later this summer and Spark for Azure HDInsight is now generally available with support for managed Spark services from Hortonworks. Power BI, Microsoft’s suite of business intelligence tools, will now also support Spark Streaming to allow users to push real-time data from Spark right into Power BI.