Here are the differences between HDInsight and Hortonworks HDP

I get asked a lot about the differences between Microsoft HDInsight and Hortonworks HDP. Turns out there tight coordinated development efforts between the two companies. I was surprised to see how much closer the two products are now today compared to a year ago. Here is what I was able to find.

Lag in Versions

As of today, 8 May 2017, the current versions are:

  • HDP: 2.6
  • HDInsight: 3.5. Based on HDP 2.5

So, the first thing we see is HDInsight has a lag between the latest and greatest of Hortonworks. This really results in differences between feature version. That makes sense because Azure is a different beast than a straight IaaS deployments. Microsoft engineers need to make it work with WASB storage and other Azure specific architecture (networking, security, etc).

Feature Gaps

It would be great if all of the features were ported to Azure but they are not. Some priorities are made on what to support. I imagine this is driven by customer demand. Here are the feature not found in HDInsight:

  • Druid
  • Solr
  • Slider
  • Accumulo
  • Falcon
  • Atlas
  • Flume
  • Knox


I found this information from the product pages