The Windows port has been in the works for over 18 months and is packed with software programs such as HDFS, MapReduce, Hive, Pig among others. Hortonworks is going to keep the Windows HDP open source like its Linux counterpart. “Hortonworks Data Platform is the first and only Hadoop distribution available on both Windows Server and Linux, providing identical user experiences and interoperability across both operating systems,” notes Hortonworks. Application will be completely portable between on-premise and cloud deployments thanks to HDP for Windows and HDInsight Service.

As it stands the beta version of HDP will not have all the features as that of the version available on Linux but, it will contain all the core components needed to run Hadoop. Moving on, all the features on the Windows version will be at par with those available on Linux version.

The Hadoop distribution doesn’t support heterogeneous deployments with a mixture of Windows and Linux nodes for now. Hortonworks has revealed that they want to see homogeneity across the big data infrastructure because of which deployments should either be in Windows or Linux platform. Microsoft hasn’t finalized the server version on which the final version of HDP will run but as of now the beta runs on both Windows Server 2008 and 2012. Desktop operating systems are not support.

According to Microsoft more and more software products will start supporting Hadoop over time such that customers would be able to move Windows Hadoop workloads to and from their own data centers and Microsoft Azure cloud service.