Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB: A Globally Distributed, Multi-Model Database Service

Ken Copeland
May 13, 2017

The company, which runs its entire web infrastructure on Azure, used the database tool to make 100 trillion queries during the Black Friday shopping rush, he said. That has left open source developers, many of whom target open source relational databases, only half-accommodated.

Windows 10 grew by 24% since Microsoft ended the free upgrade offer a year ago, but the staying power of Windows 7 - that edition still powered more than half of all Windows PCs in April - hinted that enterprises have yet to migrate to the newer OS in large numbers. Microsoft previewed Docker, Azure Functions and Xamarin.IoT support. The translation between the externally exposed APIs and internal data representation needed to be efficient.

"In a world of near infinite compute power and an exponential growth in data, we are focused on empowering every developer to build applications for this new era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge", said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. You can use a Gremlin console with a Cosmos DB database.

Shum said Microsoft now offers 29 different cognitive services to developers, making it possible for them to incorporate AI capabilities in new apps "with just a few lines of code". The Azure cloud as a whole was at the center of kick-off day at the event, including the new Batch AI Training service, MySQL and PostgresSQL tools, and incentives to software vendors.

The goal of Cosmos DB is to allow developers to scale across a wide number of geographic regions with SLAs supporting uptime, performance, latency, and consistency.

Azure Cosmos DB started in late 2010 to address developer pain-points that are faced by large scale applications inside Microsoft. "It is a pretty incredible world you can create using intelligent cloud and intelligent edge".

Cosmos DB, Microsoft says, comes with a pledge for consistency and reliability, a guarantee that a database supported by Microsoft servers in the US will run the same, and in sync, when powered by one of the company's data centers in Japan, for example.

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This is also an important move for the company to compete with other cloud providers, like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform.

"The new tooling integrates with Azure Data Lake Analytics for U-SQL job submissions with job output to Azure Data Lake Analytics or Azure Blob Storage", Microsoft's unstructured object data storage service, explained Sirosh. Oracle founder Larry Ellison has taken Amazon to task, taking any and all opportunities to trash it as a second-rate cloud, even as it promotes its own Oracle Cloud as the premiere place to run databases.

Users of Microsoft's public enterprise-centred cloud platform Azure are finally getting an Android app to help them manage and monitor their Azure resources.

Industry media outlets were quick to characterize Microsoft's Azure-based data offerings in comparison to AWS. "IoT Edge allows us to be more streamlined in the creation of solutions that suffer from connection disruptions, real-time responses, and complex device management scenarios".

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Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology reporting.

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