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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Cosmos DB

If you need to store high volumes/velocity of unstructured data, Azure Cosmos DB definitely worth looking at.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

The most important positive for our organization is the ability to scale up or down at will. As a startup, we needed to quickly adapt to changing space and performance needs. It's also integral as we grow different branches of the business. Thus far, we haven't encountered much of anything with the tool that hasn't been a good fit for our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

NoSQL Databases

Azure Cosmos DB
8.0
Azure SQL Database
Performance
Azure Cosmos DB
8.4
Azure SQL Database
Availability
Azure Cosmos DB
8.8
Azure SQL Database
Concurrency
Azure Cosmos DB
7.4
Azure SQL Database
Security
Azure Cosmos DB
7.1
Azure SQL Database
Scalability
Azure Cosmos DB
9.1
Azure SQL Database
Data model flexibility
Azure Cosmos DB
7.4
Azure SQL Database
Deployment model flexibility
Azure Cosmos DB
7.4
Azure SQL Database

Database-as-a-Service

Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.1
Automatic software patching
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.1
Database scalability
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.4
Automated backups
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.1
Database security provisions
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.3
Monitoring and metrics
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
8.4
Automatic host deployment
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.0

Pros

Azure Cosmos DB

  • 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.
Lars Kemmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • Scalability is #1: if it used to be an almost no-win endeavour to try to modernize your server or migrate to other hardware, with Azure SQL Database it becomes a press of a button.
  • All the tools simply work after you are on Azure SQL Database.
  • The applications do not need changes in order to start using Azure SQL Database.
  • Hybrid Cloud scenarios will work.
  • Clustering and failover - already there.
  • You can start monitoring the use and extract performance insights in a new way in Azure.
Arthur Zubarev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Cosmos DB

  • ANSI SQL support
  • Pure ACIDity support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • A little slow on processing complex or large Views. We use a lot of Views to feed our BI system, and the processing time could see some improvement, IMHO.
  • Additional monitoring components would be nice too, automating some built in performance measurement tools would be a nice feature.
  • Price can always be improved as well. It’s not bad, but room for improvement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 8.3
Based on 4 answers
Excellent Customer Service which is the key thing from Microsoft. Another big advantage is their documentation and tech support and meeting industry standards.
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

Support Rating

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database 9.0
Based on 5 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

Our development and administration teams are just more familiar with the Microsoft Stack, and there was very little additional knowledge required to put this into production.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

Comparing with Amazon Aurora: Azure SQL DB is 100% compatible with SQL Server and Aurora is compatible with MySQL and PostGreSQL. Because of if, SQL DB suits large enterprises with hundreds of databases better. Comparing with Oracle: the main issue is that Oracle will try to push all other services available in their product offering.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Cosmos DB

  • Tremendously reduced our time-to-market with solutions built on graph databases
  • Helped our team to think more broadly about data by making NoSQL options much more accessible
  • Saved us significant effort on geo-replication and global availability
Lars Kemmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Azure SQL Database

  • Azure SQL Databases are a great solution and with the Azure pricing model, you can reduce costs in most scenarios. They also have added intrinsic value by the products nature of being scale-able to the current task (i.e.- a short term need for more processing power).
Michael Jipping | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure Cosmos DB

General

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

Azure SQL Database

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Cosmos DB
7.4
Azure SQL Database
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Cosmos DB
8.3
Azure SQL Database
8.0

Support Rating

Azure Cosmos DB
Azure SQL Database
9.0

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