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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

        This is an essential feature to sell to stake holders and add flexibility to a cloud solution

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an essential feature. The value on cloud is basically you are meant to reduce costs and this is a key feature missing.
        I see people is asking for this since 2 years ago. I guess this is not simple to solve for MSFT. But definitely is a key point. Hope you are working on it.

        Thanks.

      • Ron DeFreitas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You continue to get votes for this feature with no response in over 2 years... this is creating a hardship for us, as well, and it does not paint Azure in a positive light when I'm trying to sell stakeholders on HDInsight as our technology target.

        Any updates?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seconded

        I also vote for "STOP" or "PAUSE" option for HDInsight cluster. It is currently available for VMs.

        I would also use this to stop a spark cluster.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I also vote for "STOP" or "PAUSE" option for HDInsight cluster. It is currently available for VMs.
        Is there a technical reason why it can not be made available on spark cluster?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a serious pain-in-the-hole and definitely a dealbreaker coming from AWS. Would be a shame to leave Azure.

        Please let us know when this feature will be implemented.

      • myusrn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Btw the ibm data science experience [dsx] provides free spark cluster environment to facilitate development prototyping w/o you having to run up a bunch of charges or burn through ones monthly azure $200 developer allowance. So i'd highly recommend you folks at least provide ability to stop/restart a minimally configured hdinsight spark cluster or even better provide some limited performance capability version that a dev can leave running all the time to access for prototyping work. Having to delete and recreate your setup in between uses is not practical.

      • Ankit Sharma commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a student, we have create a cluster and delete it everyday which is creating a burden for us. We are studying for the Certification named "Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in Azure HDInsight" as part of Data Science curriculum.
        Please add the start/stop functionality so that our efforts can be saved. If its not possible then at least share the reason with us.

        Thanks,
        Ankit Sharma

      • Matthew Townsend commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are evaluating between AWS, Azure, and Bluemix for Big Data platforms and will probably pick 2. This is definitely not a positive for Azure.

      • Luca Zavarella commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any news on this request? It's simply a shame you're forced to pay since there isn't a way to turn off the service without delete it.
        Thank you.

      • RZ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As of now I am deleting the cluster and moving it to some other option...
        Anyway Hope to see this soon !

      • Asa Bailey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our cluster gets used about a week to two weeks a month and runs about $10k a month if it is up all month. We really would like to be able to stop the cluster instead of building it from scratch everytime.

      • James Hofer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Considering it has been over a year since Microsoft has commented on this issue, should we take that to mean that you have no interest in customers that refuse to keep their hadoop clusters up 24/7? Or is this significantly harder to accomplish than it appears on the surface?

      • Raphael Nash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just as and FYI ... AWS Elastic Map Reduce allows cluster to be started and stop. Also, Amazon has setting that as soon as an MR job is completed the cluster will stop.

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