This will open up Hadoop to a large number of organizations that have no in- house Linux skills. Shaun Connolly, vice president of Corporate Strategy at Hortonworks, explains the thinking behind moving HDP to Windows in this way: "Essentially it's a market-driven decision," he says. "Hadoop is built for the scaleout commodity hardware market, and the commodity hardware market is 70% Windows by install base and expertise." Employees in Windows-only companies will be able to make use of Hadoop easily because Excel can be used as a business intelligence tool to view the results of Hadoop Big Data analysis (whether Hadoop is running on Windows or Linux). "Ideally we want Microsoft users to be oblivious to the fact that everything is coming from Hadoop," says Connolly. "If end users can consume data without any learning curve, thanks to tools like Excel, then they get more value."
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