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Start/Stop cluster HDInsight

The possibility to start and stop a cluster. Now is only available delete the cluster and I do not want any charge unnecessarily if I don't use the cluster for several days.

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    [Update] Thanks for your continued feedback on this capability! Rest assured that we are tracking this request closely along with several other platform capabilities our customers have requested. In the meanwhile, you can leverage cluster scaling capability to adjust HDInsight cluster size according to your varying compute needs. Azure Data Factory is another option you can explore for scheduling jobs with automatic creation and deletion of clusters: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/data-factory-data-transformation-activities/

    Adnan Ijaz
    Program Manager
    Microsoft Azure HDInsight

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        yeah that's pretty pathetic, spending half the time creating the cluster then have to delete it everytime.

      • Richard WeeksRichard Weeks commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow, my class was given an educational subscription so we could learn Azure. Here's what I've learned: Azure (or at least HDInsight) is not the platform I want to use for Hadoop. I only have 2-3 hour blocks in my part-time student, full-time job schedule to work on my homework. Now I have to take 30-45 minutes of each block to create a Hadoop cluster -- not to mention importing the data? This is going to burn through the credit they gave us in the subscription faster than I could have imagined.

        Microsoft, how can you leave out such a critical feature from your Hadoop platform?

      • Lukasz TracewskiLukasz Tracewski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can't believe that this "feature" is still not there. Have a look at the pretty "stop" functionality AWS has, surely you can make similar. Unless that's how you want to differentiate from the competitor...

      • Brandon BassBrandon Bass commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a necessary feature for my team, we'd love to use the platform but starting and deleting a cluster is not a way forward.

      • DevonDevon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        April 2016. New interface redesign, but still not this feature? Please, this is necessary. Azure is otherwise the best platform right now for HDP.

      • PaulPaul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wow. Hard to believe. This issue alone is enough to make me walk away from Azure.

      • BenBen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We too stayed away from HDInsight due to not being able to start and stop a cluster, versus having to delete the whole thing and recreate it.

      • Corey LaneCorey Lane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd love to see this feature implemented. It's a major pain to have to delete my cluster and create a new one every time I want to run a Hadoop job. If I could just suspend the instance so that I wouldn't be charged for unused time and boot it back up with the same name, password, etc. it would be much more useful. We recently moved away from HDInsight because of this.

      • Jamie ThomsonJamie Thomson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great idea. Similarly I'd like to be able to scale my cluster up or down (i.e. add or remove data nodes).

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