by Richard Kittler, Microsoft R Server PM, Microsoft Advanced Analytics
In January, Microsoft announced the re-branding of Revolution R Enterprise as Microsoft R Server, and the release of Microsoft R Server 2016 (aka 8.0). Highlights ofwhat’s new in version 8.0 include an updated R engine (R 3.2.2), new fuzzy matching algorithms, the ability to write to databases via ODBC, and a streamlined install experience.
This latest release is now available as virtual machines (VMs) in Azure’s world-wide cloud infrastructure via the Azure Marketplace . The VMs can be found in the Marketplace here , or by searching for “R Server” in the Marketplace or Azure Portal . Note that although the new OpenLogic CentOS Linux VM is branded as “Microsoft R Server”, the Windows VM will remain tagged as “RRE for Windows” until later in the year.
Use of VMs can be a practical means of trying out the software, gaining flex capacity, and reducing the burden of system administration. Through the R Server VMs, 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 , Azure Data Lake Store , or SQL Server, or accessed directly through an ODBC connection. Utility pricing for both the Windows and Linux versions starts at $1.50 per 4-cores per hour with no long-term commitments.
The Windows VM can be accessed with Windows Remote Desktop and includes Microsoft’s Visual Studio-based IDE for R developers . Access to the Linux VM 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 includeDeployR Open web services.
A 30-day free trial is available with no software charge, though standard Azure cloud usage charges apply. However, if you are new to Azure then you also have the benefit of a 30-day Azure free trial which will cover the cost of the underlying VM during your R Server free trial! Support is available through the monitored Azure Machine Learning Forum or through a paid Azure Support plan . Lastly, if you are new to R Server (fka RRE) then you may wish to take a look at this free intro to RRE course on DataCamp.
- These new VMs supersede those forRRE 7.4.1 under the Revolution brand. Revolution’s Marketplace offers have been retired.
- Although for development only, the latest release of Microsoft R Server is also available as part the Azure Data Science VM on Windows.
- To learn more about R Server, see the Microsoft R Server page on MSDN .
Azure Marketplace: Microsoft R Server
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