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Easy, cost-effective, enterprise-grade service for open source analytics

Easily run popular open source frameworks – including Apache Hadoop, Spark and Kafka – using Azure HDInsight, a cost-effective, enterprise-grade service for open source analytics. Effortlessly process massive amounts of data and get all the benefits of the broad open source ecosystem with the global scale of Azure.

Why HDInsight?


Quickly spin up open source projects and clusters, with no hardware to install or infrastructure to manage.


Reduce costs by creating big data clusters on demand, easily scaling them up or down, and paying only for what you use.


Get enterprise-grade security and industry-leading compliance with more than 30 certifications.


Create optimised components for Hadoop, Spark and more. Keep up to date with the latest versions.

What comes with HDInsight?

Open source ecosystem

HDInsight supports the latest open source projects from the Apache Hadoop and Spark ecosystems. Stay up to date with the newest releases of open source frameworks, including Kafka, HBase and Hive LLAP.

Security and compliance

Get enterprise-grade data protection with monitoring, virtual networks, encryption, Active Directory authentication, authorisation and role-based access control. HDInsight has more than 30 industry certifications, including ISO, SOC, HIPAA and PCI, to meet compliance standards.

Native integration with Azure services

Seamlessly integrate with a wide variety of Azure data stores and services, including SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Cosmos DB, Data Lake Storage, Blob Storage, Event Hubs and Data Factory.

Simplified monitoring

HDInsight integrates with Azure Log Analytics to provide a single interface where you can monitor all your clusters.

Broad app support

HDInsight supports a broad range of apps from the big data ecosystem, which you can install with a single click. Pick from more than 30 popular Hadoop and Spark apps for a variety of scenarios.

Multiple languages and tools

Use your preferred productivity tools, including Visual Studio, Eclipse, IntelliJ, Jupyter and Zeppelin. Write code in familiar languages such as Scala, Python, R, JavaScript and .NET.

Customers using HDInsight

  • Roche
  • LG CNS
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Asos

What can you do with HDInsight?

Extract, transform and load (ETL)

Extract, transform and load your big data clusters on demand with Hadoop MapReduce and Apache Spark.


Ingest and process millions of streaming events per second with Apache Kafka, Apache Storm and Apache Spark Streaming.

Interactive querying

Perform fast, interactive SQL queries at scale over structured or unstructured data with Apache Hive LLAP.


Extend your on-premises big data investments to the cloud and transform your business using the advanced analytics capabilities of HDInsight.

Use Cases

Customer insights

Help employees make data-driven decisions by building an end-to-end open source analytics platform. Easily process massive amounts of data from different sources.

Learn how Reckitt Benckiser uses HDInsight for consumer insights.

Personalised recommendations

Engage your customers in new ways by building personalised recommendation engines.

Learn how ASOS uses HDInsight for personalised recommendations.

Predictive maintenance

Predict and prevent failures and keep vital equipment running. Ingest and process data in real time to optimise operations.

Learn how Roche Diagnostics uses HDInsight for predictive maintenance.

Risk assessment

Build better models by transforming and analysing your critical data, and help keep your data secure with enterprise-grade capabilities.

Learn how Roche Diagnostics uses HDInsight for predictive maintenance.

Related products and services

Azure Databricks

Fast, easy and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform

Azure Data Lake Storage

Massively scalable data lake storage

SQL Data Warehouse

Elastic data warehouse as a service with enterprise-class features

Start using HDInsight today