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Feature Set Ratings

    NoSQL Databases

    8.8

    Azure Cosmos DB

    88%

    Azure SQL Database

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Azure Cosmos DB ranks higher in 7/7 features

    Performance

    8.4
    84%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    9.7
    97%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Concurrency

    8.4
    84%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security

    9.6
    96%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Scalability

    8.7
    87%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data model flexibility

    8.4
    84%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Deployment model flexibility

    8.7
    87%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Database-as-a-Service

    Azure Cosmos DB

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.0

    Azure SQL Database

    90%
    Azure SQL Database ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Automatic software patching

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    26 Ratings

    Database scalability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    28 Ratings

    Automated backups

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    28 Ratings

    Database security provisions

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    28 Ratings

    Monitoring and metrics

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    27 Ratings

    Automatic host deployment

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    23 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Azure Cosmos DB is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Azure SQL Database is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.4

    Azure Cosmos DB

    84%
    6 Ratings
    8.7

    Azure SQL Database

    87%
    28 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.6

    Azure Cosmos DB

    76%
    4 Ratings
    8.0

    Azure SQL Database

    80%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.7

    Azure Cosmos DB

    87%
    2 Ratings

    Azure SQL Database

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.3

    Azure Cosmos DB

    93%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    Azure SQL Database

    90%
    10 Ratings

    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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    Microsoft

    Your upcoming app can be built faster on a fully managed SQL database and can be moved into Azure with a few to no application code changes. Flexible and responsive server less computing and Hyperscale storage can cope with your changing requirements and one of the main benefits is the reduction in costs, which is noticeable.
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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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    Microsoft

    • Maintenance is always an issue, so using a cloud solution saves a lot of trouble.
    • On premise solutions always suffer from fragmented implementations here and there, where several "dba's" keep track of security and maintenance. With a cloud database it's much easier to keep a central overview.
    • Security options in SQL database are next level... data masking, hiding sensitive data where always neglected on premise, whereas you'll get this automatically in the cloud.
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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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    Microsoft

    • One needs to be aware that some T-SQL features are simply not available.
    • The programmatic access to server, trace flags, hardware from within Azure SQL Database is taken away (for a good reason).
    • No SQL Agent so your jobs need to be orchestrated differently.
    • The maximum concurrent logins maybe an unexpected problem.
    • Sudden disconnects.
    • The developers and admin must study the capacity and tier usage limits https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-subscription-service-limits otherwise some errors or even transaction aborts never seen before can occur.
    • Only one Latin Collation choice.
    • There is no way to debug T-SQL ( a big drawback in my point of view).
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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

      Azure SQL Database

      Starting Price

      $0.5,044 Per Hour

      Editions & Modules

      Azure SQL Database editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      2 vCORE$0.50441
      6 vCORE$1.51312
      10 vCORE$2.523

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      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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      Microsoft

      This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
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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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      Microsoft

      No answers on this topic

      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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      Microsoft

      We give the support a high rating simply because every time we've had issues or questions, representatives were in contact with us quickly. Without fail, our issues/questions were handled in a timely matter. That kind of response is integral when client data integrity and availability is in question. There is also a wealth of documentation for resolving issues on your own.
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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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      Microsoft

      We moved away from Oracle and NoSQL because we had been so reliant on them for the last 25 years, the pricing was too much and we were looking for a way to cut the cord. Snowflake is just too up in the air, feels like it is soon to be just another line item to add to your Azure subscription. Azure was just priced right, easy to migrate to and plenty of resources to hire to support/maintain it. Very easy to learn, too.
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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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      Microsoft

      • Perfect for small and medium databases, being very cost effective.
      • As a Platform as a Service, there is no concern about patches, upgrades and end of life.
      • Be aware of security and network capabilities. The service cannot run in the VNET as Azure Virtual Machines do.
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