Microsoft's Latest Big Data Analytics Platform: the R Server Basks in the Limelight

By CIOReview | Friday, January 8, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft's recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics represents a significant move on the company's part; since they are planning on leveraging the highly popular R language, an open source programming language designed specifically for statistical analytics. Businesses conduct ‘what-if analyses’ to predict the effects of potential changes in business strategies by leveraging Advanced analytics that focus on forecasting future events and behaviors. Recently, Microsoft uncovered its own advanced analytics platform hosted on the open source R programming language.

 The Dubbed Microsoft R Server brings in a host of new features that greatly enhance the functionalities of the operating system. It is compatible with multiple platforms such as Windows, Linux, Hadoop as well as tetradata software. It has been made available on the Microsoft Developer Network and through Microsoft’s DreamSpark educational program.

Post acquisition of Revolution Analytics, the Revolution R Enterprise (RRE) is based on the R Server. A variety of Big Data Statistics, predictive modeling and machine learning capabilities are compatible with the R programming language on the R server platform. Moreover, the users can run R scripts in a high-performance, parallel architecture to explore, model and predict at scale.

“The R language has become increasingly popular for use in statistics and analytics. By acquiring Revolution, Microsoft sought to shore up its own advanced-analytics capabilities,” comments Nik Rouda, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.