Create a developer 'sandbox' option
As an alternative to the emulator, create a low cost single machine 'sandbox' option that runs on a single server for developers, data scientist etc to use, similar to HortonWorks/Cloudera's VM download.
Raphael Nash commented
Would like sandbox to run on the cloud as our local machines are pushed to the limit. This would also allow for multiple test instances to be created/deleted quickly.
Thanks for the idea. This is something we are investigating. Would you rather have this sandbox run in the cloud or on you own server?
FYI we have another initiative for the trial going on here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/try-hadoop-on-azure-hdinsight-7/
Let us know your feedback.
PM, Azure Big Data Team