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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Cosmos DB

It is well suited for scenarios where you need high performance NoSQL database. It is a reliable and stable database solution. If the application data set is of very large size, then the cost will increase in multiple folds
Akshay Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

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.
Niloofar Keshvari Nia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

NoSQL Databases

Azure Cosmos DB
8.4
Azure SQL Database
Performance
Azure Cosmos DB
8.6
Azure SQL Database
Availability
Azure Cosmos DB
9.2
Azure SQL Database
Concurrency
Azure Cosmos DB
8.1
Azure SQL Database
Security
Azure Cosmos DB
8.5
Azure SQL Database
Scalability
Azure Cosmos DB
8.8
Azure SQL Database
Data model flexibility
Azure Cosmos DB
7.5
Azure SQL Database
Deployment model flexibility
Azure Cosmos DB
7.8
Azure SQL Database

Database-as-a-Service

Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.0
Automatic software patching
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
8.7
Database scalability
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.6
Automated backups
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.0
Database security provisions
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.0
Monitoring and metrics
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
8.8
Automatic host deployment
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
8.9

Pros

Azure Cosmos DB

  • Scalable Instantly and automatically serverless database for any large scale business.
  • Quick access and response to data queries due to high speed in reading and writing data
  • Create a powerful digital experience for your customers with real-time offers and agile access to DB with super-fast analysis and comparison for best recommendation
Niloofar Keshvari Nia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Cosmos DB

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • 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).
Arthur Zubarev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 7.8
Based on 4 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 8.0
Based on 1 answer
This is best solution as a DBA one could expect from a service provider and as a cloud service, it removes all your hassles.
Zimran Azim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 8.8
Based on 4 answers
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.
Niloofar Keshvari Nia | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 9.0
Based on 4 answers
The product support and documentation for setup and implementation is very good from Microsoft. Also E-learning material is available from Microsoft for the development teams. The email support is very quick and responsive. Overall satisfied with the support
Akshay Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 9.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure Cosmos DB

Cosmos DB is unique in the industry as a true multi-model, cloud-native database engine that comes with solutions for geo-redundancy, multi-master writes, (globally!) low latency, and cost-effective hosting built in. I've yet to see anything else that even comes close to the power that Cosmos DB packs into its solution. The simplicity and tooling support are nice bonus features as well.
Lars Kemmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Cosmos DB

  • Expensive but works if your infra is on Azure data center.
  • No latency and nearly no downtime.
  • Takes time for end users to adapt.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure Cosmos DB

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Azure Cosmos DB Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Azure SQL Database

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Azure SQL Database Editions & Modules

Edition
2 vCORE$0.50441
6 vCORE$1.51311
10 vCORE$2.521
  1. Per Hour
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Cosmos DB
8.3
Azure SQL Database
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Cosmos DB
7.8
Azure SQL Database
8.0

Usability

Azure Cosmos DB
8.8
Azure SQL Database

Support Rating

Azure Cosmos DB
9.0
Azure SQL Database
9.0

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