What is Azure Cosmos DB?

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Azure Cosmos DB helps you manage your data better with a multi-model database that scales and replicates your data wherever your users are. Read this blog to have a closer look at this PaaS offering and how you can benefit from Azure Cosmos DB.

Overview

Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed platform that allows you to manage data even though your data is scattered in different data centers throughout the world. These tools by Microsoft Azure provides you all the tools you need to scale both the global distribution pattern and computational resources.

Azure Cosmos DB supports multiple data models with a single backend and can be used for document, key value, relational, and graph models. It is similar to NoSQL database in many ways as it does not rely on any schemas. However, it has been classified as NewSQL type of database as it uses query language similar to SQL and can support ACID transactions. The major difference that lies between this and the other NewSQL databases is that it does not have a relational data model.

What Problem Does It Solve?

Building a globally distributed database where you would host your own data centers using your own connections and resources would take a lot of tedious effort. Most companies would stop at the very first step as most of them don’t consider it worthy of the investment.

Things became easier with the globally distributed and scalable database when the cloud computing and Platform-as-a-service came along. This made it possible

When cloud computing and platform-as-a-service came along, however, it became easier to come up with a globally distributed and scalable database for your company. So easy that it is possible for just one person to architect and manage it just with a few clicks of the mouse. Azure Cosmos DB gives a turnkey database so that you can scale according to your needs.

It helps enterprise establish a flexible database that would help them meet business needs. Its useful for companies looking for a flexible database system that’s scalable and globally distributed- partitioned across every region of the world and across different geographical regions. Azure Cosmos DB offers 99.99% availability and a faster, seamless experience.

Benefits

Users also get to reap the benefits of several other features including:

  • All-in-one suite that’s ready to use
    Complete access to product that can be replicated in several data centers all over the world.
  • Multiple API:
    Access data across any API due to indexed data using SQL, Gremlin, MongoDB, Azure Table Storage etc.
  • Several Consistency levels:
    Uses several consistency levels like consistent-prefix, strong, session, eventual, and bounded sessions.
  • Easy to use: Easy to create and manage a database system that is located in different parts of the world, it is also scalable, reliable, and highly available.

Key Takeaway

There isn’t doubt that Microsoft Azure promises fast delivery at a reasonable price- almost 5 to 10 times affordable than other services compared to high volumes of workloads.

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