by Richard Kittler, Revolution R Enterprise PM, Microsoft Advanced Analytics
Revolution is excited to announce the availability of its latest release of Revolution R Enterprise 7.4.1 (RRE) as a technical preview on Microsoft Azure via Windows- and Linux-based virtual machines in the Azure Marketplace. Through Azure’s world-wide cloud infrastructure customers now have on-demand access to high-performance predictive analytics to accelerate growth, optimize operations, and expedite data insight and discovery from any place and at any time. Availability in Azure Marketplace is the first step in Microsoft’s plan to integrate Revolution’s products with the Azure and, in the bigger picture, Cortana Analytics.
Through the Azure Marketplace, users can run computations on data sets up to 1 terabyte on cloud-based Windows and Linux multi-CPU instances from 4 to 32 vCPUs (virtual CPUs), accessing data copied from an Azure data store, including blob storage or SQL Server, or accessed directly through an ODBC connection. Utility pricing for both versions starts at $1.50 per 4-cores per hour with no long-term commitments. During this preview period RRE users will be supported through the monitored Azure Machine Learning forum.
The Windows version of RRE is accessed with Windows Remote Desktop and includes Revolution’s Visual Studio-based IDE for R developers (Revolution R Enterprise DevelopR). Access to the Linux version of RRE is via SSH with R access through the RGui. Alternatively, customers have the option of bringing their own license for a favorite IDE such as RStudio, RStudio Server, or StatET. Both the Windows and Linux offerings include Revolution’s DeployR web services module.
RRE features a unique “write once deploy anywhere” functionality that enables data analysts and IT teams to write code once and deploy it anywhere in a variety of data management platforms, enterprise data warehouses, grids, clusters, servers and workstations without re-engineering costs. It is the only Big Data Big Analytics platform to include a library of Big Data-ready algorithms that run inside the Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR Hadoop platforms, Teradata databases, and soon SQL Server, with the highest possible performance.
A 30-day free trial is available with no software charge, though standard Azure cloud usage charges apply. To learn more about RRE on Azure Marketplace, please visit the Marketplace posting here.
[Update: If you are new to Azure then you also have the benefit of a 30-day Azure free trial which could cover the cost of the underlying VM during your RRE free trial! Lastly, if you are new to RRE then you may wish to take a look at this free intro to RRE course on DataCamp.]