This week, Microsoft announced availability of the Microsoft R Client, creating a much more usable, freely available desktop client option for users of Microsoft R Server.
Microsoft R Client is a free, community-supported data science tool for high performance analytics. R Client is built on top of Microsoft R Open so you can use any open source R packages to build your analytics. Additionally, R Client introduces the powerful ScaleR technology and its proprietary functions to benefit from parallelization and remote computing.
R Client allows you to work with production data locally using the full set of ScaleR functions, but there are some constraints. On its own, the data to be processed must fit in local memory, and processing is limited up to two threads for ScaleR functions. To benefit from disk scalability, performance and speed, you can push the compute context to a production instance of Microsoft R Server such as SQL Server R Services and R Server for Hadoop.
This video will introduce R Client and give a quick glance on ScaleR functions.