Qubole, a self-service Platform for Big Data Analytics, announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft Azure in a step to make Big Data solutions more accessible to more people on more platforms. Big Data is an elastic workload and the ideal cloud use case. The Qubole Data Service is a great way to drive cloud services revenue while delivering improved time to value Microsoft Azure customers.

Microsoft Partner Network members with competencies in SQL Server, BI, Data Analytics, Data Platform, and Azure are well suited to deliver the complimentary services to a data platform; helping organizations realize what is possible when they employ a Big Data strategy.

Ashish Thusoo, CEO and co-founder of Qubole and author of Apache Hive stated- “The Qubole Data Service is a pure-cloud solution that runs at enterprise scale, processing 80+ petabytes of data every month across our client base. With cloud-based Hadoop clusters as large as 1,500 nodes, Qubole manages some of the largest Hadoop clusters ever brought up in the cloud.”

Qubole’s Big Data as a Service enables enterprises access to various features, including MapReduce, Hive, Pig, Presto, Sqoop and more. Qubole’s data platform leverages the Azure Object store instead of HDFS, providing ubiquitous data access at a high performance and scale at a much lower cost.

Marcy Campbell, Qubole SVP of Sales & Business Development stated- “Microsoft partners and Azure customers can now bring their Azure subscription to Qubole’s self-managing, Big Data-as-a-Service, and leverage a full-stack environment for Hadoop, Hive, and Presto in a timely, cost-effective manner on Microsoft Azure.”

Qubole will be available on Microsoft Azure through an Early Adopter Program and will provide organizations with greater flexibility, choice and control in their delivery of Big Data insights.

Mike Schutz, General Manager of Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure announced- “Qubole complements our wide range of Big Data offerings from Azure’s HDInsight (Hadoop) and Machine Learning services as well as our Cloud services like BI Power BI for Office 365”

Qubole has invited Microsoft Azure customers and solution providers in the Microsoft Partner Network, for  a complimentary training by Microsoft and Qubole solution architects on January 6, 2015. Registrations and free passes are available at Hadoop as a service for Azure.

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