Azure HDInsight is a Microsoft-hosted database service based on Apache's Hadoop open-source software framework, a popular solution for managing and analyzing Big Data. It uses a Microsoft controlled release of the Hortonworks Data Platform, which provides enterprise controls and offers multiple native Hadoop deployment configurations that are optimized for specific workloads, like unstructured data mining, high-speed analytics, and data warehousing. HDInsight provides an on-premises-like deployment, allowing customers to combine components to meet their overall workload requirements.

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