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Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Microsoft has released a new free ebook titled, Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody.

Microsoft Azure HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100 percent compliant distribution of Apache Hadoop on Microsoft Azure. This means that standard Hadoop concepts and technologies apply, so learning the Hadoop stack helps you learn the HDInsight service. At the time of this writing, HDInsight (version 3.0) uses Hadoop version 2.2 and Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0.

In Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, Microsoft covers what big data really means, how you can use it to your advantage in your company or organization, and one of the services you can use to do that quickly—specifically, Microsoft’s HDInsight service.  The book starts with an overview of big data and Hadoop, but they don’t emphasize only concepts in this book—they allow you to jump in and get your hands dirty working with HDInsight in a practical way.  To help you learn and even implement HDInsight right away, it focuses on a specific use case that applies to almost any organization and demonstrate a process that you can follow along with.

Organization of the book:

This book consists of one conceptual chapter and four hands-on chapters.

Chapter 1, “Big data, quick overview,” introduces the topic of big data, with definitions of terms and descriptions of tools and technologies.

Chapter 2, “Getting started with HDInsight,” takes you through the steps to deploy a cluster and shows you how to use the HDInsight Emulator.

Chapter 3, “Programming HDInsight.” continues where Chapter 2 left off, showing you how to run MapReduce jobs and turn your data into insights.

Chapter 4, “Working with HDInsight data,” teaches you how to work more effectively with your data with the help of Apache Hive, Apache Pig, Excel and Power BI, and Sqoop.

Finally, Chapter 5, “What next?,” covers practical topics such as integrating HDInsight into the rest of your stack and the different options for Hadoop deployment on Windows. Chapter 5 finishes up with a discussion of future plans for HDInsight and provides links to additional learning resources.


Download the free ebook with the following links:

Download the PDF (6.37 MB; 130 pages) from

Download the EPUB (8.46 MB) from

Download the MOBI (12.8 MB) from

Download the code samples (6.83 KB) from

Published Friday, May 30, 2014 7:22 AM by David Marshall
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