Previously in public preview, the ability to select Linux clusters when deploying Apache Hadoop workloads in Azure HDInsight became generally available on August 21, 2015. Now customers can more easily move existing Hadoop workloads into the cloud with an expanded set of open source, big data components running managed Hadoop in Azure. This also unlocks independent software vendors (ISVs) with value-added apps for integrating Hadoop on-premises with Linux—including applications like Datameer and Trifacta, which prepare data for analysis; Dataguise and BlueTalon, which help make Hadoop more secure and governed; and AtScale and Zoomdata, which let business users visualize and analyze Hadoop in compelling ways.
Linux clusters running managed Hadoop in HDInsight are updated, monitored, and operated by Azure, so customers can focus on queries and data, not machine management or Hadoop patching. As a generally available service, HDInsight falls under the Azure service-level agreement (SLA) for 99.9 percent availability, which means we’ll monitor and drive uptime for your clusters all day, every day. Built on Ubuntu and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Linux clusters running HDInsight can be deployed today.