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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Hadoop

By : Debarchan Sarkar
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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Hadoop

By: Debarchan Sarkar

Overview of this book

With the explosion of data, the open source Apache Hadoop ecosystem is gaining traction, thanks to its huge ecosystem that has arisen around the core functionalities of its distributed file system (HDFS) and Map Reduce. As of today, being able to have SQL Server talking to Hadoop has become increasingly important because the two are indeed complementary. While petabytes of unstructured data can be stored in Hadoop taking hours to be queried, terabytes of structured data can be stored in SQL Server 2012 and queried in seconds. This leads to the need to transfer and integrate data between Hadoop and SQL Server. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Hadoop is aimed at SQL Server developers. It will quickly show you how to get Hadoop activated on SQL Server 2012 (it ships with this version). Once this is done, the book will focus on how to manage big data with Hadoop and use Hadoop Hive to query the data. It will also cover topics such as using in-memory functions by SQL Server and using tools for BI with big data. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Hadoop focuses on data integration techniques between relational (SQL Server 2012) and non-relational (Hadoop) worlds. It will walk you through different tools for the bi-directional movement of data with practical examples. You will learn to use open source connectors like SQOOP to import and export data between SQL Server 2012 and Hadoop, and to work with leading in-memory BI tools to create ETL solutions using the Hive ODBC driver for developing your data movement projects. Finally, this book will give you a glimpse of the present day self-service BI tools such as Excel and PowerView to consume Hadoop data and provide powerful insights on the data.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Power View for Excel

Microsoft Excel 2013 introduces a brand new self-service BI tool called Power View. This is also a part of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 included with SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Service Pack 1 Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Edition. Both of the client side (Excel) and server side (SharePoint) implementations of Power View offer an interactive way to explore and visualize your data as well as to generate interactive reports on top of the underlying data.

The rest of this chapter shows a sample Power View report based on the facebookinsights table's data to give you a quick idea about the powerful reporting features from the surface level. The details on 'How to design a Power View report' as well as Power View integration with SharePoint is outside the scope of this book and are not discussed in depth.


Power View is only supported in Excel 2013. You need to install the Power View add-in for Excel.

To create a Power View report based on the...