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Score 8.1 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Cosmos DB

Cosmos DB is fast, reliable, and highly available. We use it mostly in analytics and applications that leverage big data hosted on the Azure Datacenter. If you have a virtual private cloud in one of Azure sites, then you would definitely need Cosmos. It works well with on-premises applications and offers little to no latency.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Since [Microsoft] SQL Server is a widely-accepted and popular database format, it is well-suited for smaller and larger environments, thanks to the different SQL Server versions available. SQL Server installation and configuration is fairly straightforward, and can be installed on different hardware, depending on needs. It may be less appropriate where simple database usage is required.
John Suit | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

NoSQL Databases

Azure Cosmos DB
7.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Performance
Azure Cosmos DB
7.9
Microsoft SQL Server
Availability
Azure Cosmos DB
8.8
Microsoft SQL Server
Concurrency
Azure Cosmos DB
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Security
Azure Cosmos DB
7.3
Microsoft SQL Server
Scalability
Azure Cosmos DB
8.7
Microsoft SQL Server
Data model flexibility
Azure Cosmos DB
7.0
Microsoft SQL Server
Deployment model flexibility
Azure Cosmos DB
7.5
Microsoft SQL Server

Pros

Azure Cosmos DB

  • Injects unstructured data at a very high speed.
  • No real need for administrative work, it indexes everything on it's own.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Good range of data types helps us store lots of diverse data
  • Easy administration helps us control who has access and what they can do with the data
  • Backup and restore processes are easy to manage and provide good security
  • Data can be easily replicated from Server to Server for use in other countries
Paul Nockolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Cosmos DB

  • Cosmos DB can be very expensive if you're using it for scenarios that are better completed in regular old Azure Table Storage or Blob Storage, specifically if you put some thought into your partitioning schemes. No product is a good substitute for thoughtful system design.
  • It would be helpful if I had some more insight into how many resources (DTUs) an individual query uses.
  • The auto-indexing is great, but a little mysterious -- not usually an issue but it does require some intentional thought.
Lars Kemmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Enterprise is unbelievably expensive.
  • Not tolerant of bad practices and poor query writing, really shows up when you do it badly!
  • Deep insight into what is happening with query performance is not especially great (but as mentioned in the "Pros", software support from third parties does cover this).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 7.9
Based on 4 answers
The total cost of ownership is much higher than anticipated. The documentation for their API calls is still not complete. TCO did go up as a result as well. Having users learning another JQL-like language also added more complexity to it. Support of ANSI-SQL would be ideal. But the cost of managing it is much less compared to Redis, Mongo, or Cassandra.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
We understand that the Microsoft SQL Server will continue to advance, offering the same robust and reliable platform while adding new features that enable us, as a software center, to create a superior product. That provides excellent performance while reducing the hardware requirements and the total cost of ownership of our solution.
Lisandro Fernigrini | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Like I said, Cosmos is the way to go. From all of the services that Azure has, Cosmos is very robust in terms of usability. It's ever-evolving and integrates with other applications seamlessly. The interface is pretty easy to understand. I implemented various solutions for my company and Cosmos was one of them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.1
Based on 10 answers
SQL Server mostly 'just works' or generates error messages to help you sort out the trouble. You can usually count on the product to get the job done and keep an eye on your potential mistakes. Interaction with other Microsoft products makes operating as a Windows user pretty straight forward. Digging through the multitude of dialogs and wizards can be a pain, but the answer is usually there somewhere.
Andy Erickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Its does not have outages.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SSAS data cubes may some time slow down your Excel reports.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 8.0
Based on 32 answers
We managed to handle most of our problems by looking into Microsoft's official documentation that has everything explained and almost every function has an example that illustrates in detail how a particular functionality works. Just like PowerShell has the ability to show you an example of how some cmdlet works, that is the case also here, and in my opinion, it is a very good practice and I like it.
luka horvat | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It was good
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
very hands on and detailed training
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Other than SQL taking quite a bit of time to actually install there are no problems with installation. Even on hardware that has good performance SQL can still take close to an hour to install a typical server with management and reporting services.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed NoSQL database & globally distributed NoSQL database service. Its very fast and predictable performance, high availability, elastic scaling, global distribution, and ease of development DB platform compare to MongoDB.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server is one of the fastest RDBMS systems available in the market. Pricing is a bit on the higher side but all the features it provides pretty much justifies it. It can be integrated with a large number of frameworks thus enabling to work on multiple frameworks for your application without much worrying about the backend support or compatibility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Azure Cosmos DB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
SQL server does handle growing demands of a mid sized company.
Srikanth S | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Cosmos DB

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft SQL Server

  • With just one server we can easily host databases for many applications, which makes it easier to maintain.
  • The ROI on Microsoft SQL Server is very good as we have been able to set it and forget with out too much time invested in keeping it up and running.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server down time has been minimal and 90% of the downtime is due to our user error.
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

Microsoft SQL Server

General

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

Microsoft SQL Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise$13,748.001
Subscription$1,418.001
  1. Per License
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Cosmos DB
7.7
Microsoft SQL Server
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Cosmos DB
7.9
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Usability

Azure Cosmos DB
8.0
Microsoft SQL Server
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Azure Cosmos DB
Microsoft SQL Server
10.0

Performance

Azure Cosmos DB
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Support Rating

Azure Cosmos DB
10.0
Microsoft SQL Server
8.0

In-Person Training

Azure Cosmos DB
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Online Training

Azure Cosmos DB
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Implementation Rating

Azure Cosmos DB
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

Scalability

Azure Cosmos DB
Microsoft SQL Server
9.0

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