A new Microsoft data crunching framework is set to launch - Cosmos, which is a potential competitor to both Hadoop and eventually Google’s homegrown Dataflow.
Microsoft Cosmos is used extensively within the company to aggregate data from every major service into a shared pool. These services include Azure, Skype, and search engine Bing.
It is similar to MapReduce, the heart of Hadoop, as it uses a structured query interface. However, Cosmos has the additional ability of directed acyclic graphs (DAGs), a method of modeling to connect different kinds of information.
Prior to Cosmos, Microsoft’s homegrown alternative to Hadoop’s batch processing platform was developed until 2011 and was hailed as a potential Hadoop challenger.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined the company’s path to deliver a platform for ambient intelligence at a past customer event, stressing a “data culture.” It was inked in my earlier blog: http://ganesansenthilvel.blogspot.in/2014/05/ambient-intelligence.html