On Tuesday, Hortonworks announced the general availability of version 2.0 of the Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows. Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 for Windows is the first distribution of Apache Hadoop 2.0 certified for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Today’s announcement means that YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator), a key feature of Hadoop 2.0, is now available to Windows-based development environments. With HDP 2.0, developers in Windows shops can take advantage of YARN’s transformation of Hadoop from an infrastructure for batch processing to batch and real-time data processing. Moreover, HDP 2.0 features the NameNode High Availability functionality automates failovers and ensures the availability of the full HDP stack. Hortonworks collaborated closely with Microsoft in order to ensure the HDP 2.0 release achieved production-grade status within Windows environments. The release of HDP 2.0 marks yet another milestone in the story of the democratization of Apache Hadoop, the Big Data platform that is being rendered increasingly available to wider circles of users by means of initiatives such as Stinger (Hortonworks), Lingual (Concurrent) and Impala (Cloudera) that allow users to access and manipulate data stored in a Hadoop cluster using SQL.