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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Cloudant ranks higher in 1 feature set: NoSQL Databases

NoSQL Databases

8.8

Azure Cosmos DB

88%
9.0

IBM Cloudant

90%
IBM Cloudant ranks higher in 4/7 features

Performance

8.3
83%
6 Ratings
8.6
86%
18 Ratings

Availability

9.6
96%
6 Ratings
9.2
92%
18 Ratings

Concurrency

8.3
83%
6 Ratings
8.6
86%
18 Ratings

Security

9.6
96%
6 Ratings
9.2
92%
18 Ratings

Scalability

8.7
87%
6 Ratings
9.8
98%
18 Ratings

Data model flexibility

8.3
83%
6 Ratings
7.8
78%
18 Ratings

Deployment model flexibility

8.6
86%
6 Ratings
9.6
96%
18 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Azure Cosmos DB is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating
  • IBM Cloudant is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.4

Azure Cosmos DB

84%
6 Ratings
9.2

IBM Cloudant

92%
42 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

7.6

Azure Cosmos DB

76%
4 Ratings
7.3

IBM Cloudant

73%
1 Rating

Usability

8.7

Azure Cosmos DB

87%
2 Ratings
7.7

IBM Cloudant

77%
5 Ratings

Availability

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

IBM Cloudant

82%
2 Ratings

Performance

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

IBM Cloudant

82%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

9.3

Azure Cosmos DB

93%
2 Ratings
8.6

IBM Cloudant

86%
6 Ratings

Online Training

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

IBM Cloudant

73%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

IBM Cloudant

82%
8 Ratings

Configurability

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
8.5

IBM Cloudant

85%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
9.6

IBM Cloudant

96%
23 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

Azure Cosmos DB

N/A
0 Ratings
9.1

IBM Cloudant

91%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft

NoSQL platforms are very useful when it comes to security, speed, accuracy, high accessibility with high read and write power. Everything is managed under the cloud and we have the various capabilities of Azure and support for Microsoft products with us. Flexibility in price and variety of features, as well as real-time results, are some of the popular [features] of this platform.
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IBM

Our organization found Cloudant most suitable if One, a fixed pricing structure would make the most sense, for example in a situation where the project Cloudant is being used in makes its revenue in procurement or fixed retainer — thus the predictability of costs is paramount; Two, where you need to frequently edit the data and/or share access to the query engine to non-engineers — this is where the GUI shines.
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Pros

Microsoft

  • Turn-key geo-redundancy with multi-master writes is unprecedented and unparalleled in the industry!
  • Guaranteed low latency makes Cosmos DB an excellent fit for most of our performance-intensive situations.
  • The tunable consistency model simplifies so many challenges in distributed systems engineering that otherwise require advanced knowledge of computer science topics. I continue to be impressed at how Cosmos DB has abstracted away so much complexity.
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IBM

  • For us, performance and scalability is the key, and Cloudant DB backed by CouchDB is scalable and performant.
  • IBM Cloudant dB is very easy to provision for sandbox, development, QA as well as production.
  • Support for Java for CouchDB app server analytics enables a greater control for over developers.
  • Schema free oriented very easy to program and build applications on it.
  • We love it!!
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Cons

Microsoft

  • Expensive, so be careful of the use case.
  • We had a thought time migrating from traditional DBs to Cosmos. Azure should provide a seamless platform for the migration of data from on-premises to cloud.
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IBM

  • It was only after we went with the cloud-based solution that IBM rolled out an on-premise version.
  • We found that a 3rd-party ODBC driver was required for a few applications that needed to pull data out of Cloudant.
  • The sales process was difficult because the salesperson we used was not as versed on Cloudant as I had hoped.
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Pricing Details

Azure Cosmos DB

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Azure Cosmos DB editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    IBM Cloudant

    Starting Price

    $0 20 reads/second ; 10 writes/second ; 5 global queries / second ; 1 GB of storage capacity

    Editions & Modules

    IBM Cloudant editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    LiteFree1
    Standard$752
    StandardIncluded3
    Standard$14

    Footnotes

    1. 20 reads/second ; 10 writes/second ; 5 global queries / second ; 1 GB of storage capacity
    2. per month 100 reads/second ; 50 writes/second ; 5 global queries/second
    3. per month 20 GB of storage
    4. per month per GB of storage above the included 20 GB

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    Microsoft

    It's efficient, easy to scale, and works. We do have to do a bit of administration, but less now than when we started with this a couple of years ago. Microsoft continues to improve its self-management capability.
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    IBM

    the flexibility of NoSQL allow us to modify and upgrade our apps very fast and in a convenient way. Having the solution hosted by IBM is also giving us the chance to focus on features and the improvement of our apps. It's one thing less to be worried about
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    Usability

    Microsoft

    It has very good compatibility and adaptability with other APIs and developers can safely create new apps because it is compatible with various tools and can be easily managed and run under the cloud, and in terms of security, it is one of the best of its kind, which is very powerful and excellent.
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    IBM

    It's mostly just a straight forward API to a data store. I knock one off for the full text search thing, but I don't need it much anyways. Also, the dashboard UI they give is pretty nice to use. It provides syntax-highlighting for writing views and queries are easy to test. I wish other DBs had a UI like this.
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    Reliability and Availability

    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    it is a highly available solution in the IBM cloud portfolio and hence we have never had any issues with the data base being available - we also do continuous replication to be on the safer side just in case some thing goes awry. We also perform twice a year disaster recovery tests.
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    Performance

    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    very easy to get started and is very developer friendly given that it uses couchDB analytics. It is a cloud based solution and hence there is no hardware investment in a server and staging the server to get started and the associated delays/bureaucracy involved to get started. Good documentation is also available.
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    Support Rating

    Microsoft

    Microsoft is the best when it comes to after-sales support. They have a well-structured training and knowledge base portal that anyone can use. They are usually quick to respond to cases and are on point for on-call support. I have no complaints from a support standpoint. Pretty happy with the support.
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    IBM

    Very happy by the commitment given by the team which has been really good over the last 7 years of usage.
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    Online Training

    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    online resources are good enough to understand but there is nothing like testing. In our case, we discovered some not documented behavior that we take in count now. Also, the experience in NodeJs is critical. Also, take in count that most of the "good practices" with cloudant are not in online courses but in blogs and pages from independent developers
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    Implementation Rating

    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    • Test the architecture on CouchDB helped us to address initial design flaws.
    • The migration to Cloudant as such was very painless.
    • We have migrate our replication system to Cloudant Android Sync for mobile devices.
    • We have regular informal contact with the Cloudant leadership to discuss our use cases and implementation strategies.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft

    Azure Cosmos DB has the benefit of having multi-master key tenancy compared to Redis and Mongo. Reads are just as fast, if not faster than Mongo. However, the distribution of writes (i.e. ACID transactions) isn't as high as Google Cloud Spanner or CouchDB. Azure Cosmos DB writes slower than Cassandra, but with Cosmos, we do not have to worry about replication or tools like Zookeeper to handle it. Azure Cosmos DB has it built-in.
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    IBM

    The feature-set, including security, is very comparable. Overall, IBM's services added to the product are mature and stable, although product support and engineers could be a little better. Global availability is improving, and Disaster Recover Capabilities are great. Overall, it's very comparable to MongoDB as a DBaaS offer, available globally and with great documentation.
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    Scalability

    Microsoft

    No answers on this topic

    IBM

    The service scales incredibly well. As you would expect from CloudDB and IBM combination. The only reason I wouldn't score it a 10 is the fact that document trees can get nested and nested very quickly if you are attempting to do very complex datasets. Which makes your code that much more complex to deal. Its very possible we could find a solution to this problem with better database planning to begin with, but one of the reasons we chose a service over a self-hosted solution was so we could set it up quick and forget about it. So we weren't going to dedicate a team to architecture optimization.
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    Return on Investment

    Microsoft

    • Azure Cosmos DB may be expensive on its own, but it was cheaper than increasing the size/power of our VMs running SQL Server instances enough to keep up with the volume and velocity of the unstructured data.
    • We got the JSON data out of our SQL Servers and they quit tipping over.
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    IBM

    • IBM Cloudant is very secure and we never have to worry about losing data/unauthorized access
    • It is one of the best data backup system and works well
    • Global availability means it is easy to connect to the nearest data center and this reduces load time which is great.
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