Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics to Revolutionize R Programming Language
Microsoft continues its endeavor to facilitate its customers, this time, with acquisition of Revolution Analytics (RA), for R programming language which is highly popular with statistical computing.
“This acquisition will help customers use advanced analytics within Microsoft data platforms on-premises, in hybrid cloud environments and on Microsoft Azure,” writes Microsoft corporate vice president for machine learning Joseph Sirosh in an announcement on Friday.
Vowing further he said, “By leveraging Revolution Analytics technology and services, we will empower enterprises, R developers and data scientists to more easily and cost-effectively build applications and analytics solutions at scale.”
RA uses many open source projects’ strategies which include offering free services followed by chargeable – often inevitable for users – packages like consulting, technical support and indemnification packages.
Additionally, the company enables R to allow parallelized analytics and cloud-based services by offering an enterprise extension. The cloud-based service is available and deployable at Amazon’s AWS Marketplace.
Revolution which has raised just under $ 38 million since its establishment and Microsoft which has a history of lavishly spending on similar open-source projects, have not disclosed any details about this very deal between them. Same ambiguity sustains for the integration of RA’s packages with Microsoft’s current analytics services?
However, RA makes it clear that it will continue facilitating its current customers and the new deal will not affect any of those open source projects like ParallelR and Rhadoop.