Why Microsoft's Cosmos DB represents the future of cloud databases

Why Microsoft's Cosmos DB represents the future of cloud databases

Why Microsoft's Cosmos DB represents the future of cloud databases

People are using Windows 10 on more than 500 million devices every month, while Cortana now has 140 million monthly active users.

The software king of the world has lifted the kimono on a range of new features at Build, its annual developer conference mostly with a data theme.

Interestingly, Microsoft did not mention that there will be an Azure app for Windows smartphones but did confirm the app would be developed for its Universal Windows Platform. Cosmos DB is a multi-model, globally distributed database service that leverages the Azure intelligent cloud, which according to Microsoft, makes it both more powerful and more flexible than other database services.

Microsoft first started working on Azure Cosmos DB in late 2010 to help its vast army of developers to cope with the increased complexity and growing demand for distributed applications.

What's more, the service supports any frameworks ranging from Google's TensorFlow, Microsoft's own Cognitive Toolkit or Caffe and so on and so forth.

"The new tooling integrates with Azure Data Lake Analytics for U-SQL job submissions with job output to Azure Data Lake Analytics or Azure Blob Storage", Microsoft's unstructured object data storage service, explained Sirosh. It's easy to read Cosmos DB as a point-revision version of its predecessor, down to the fact that existing DocumentDB users will be automigrated.

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Microsoft has also announced new MySQL and PostgreSQL database services so that developers no longer need a third-party solution or virtual machines to use these database managers. For database starters, SQL (which stands for structured query language) is the standard way to interact with relational or other SQL databases.

At its Build developer conference in Seattle on Wednesday, Microsoft launched a range of tools created to make corporate database software, used to power everything from internal systems and records to public-facing websites, more smoothly integrate into the company's Azure platform.

Developers can create a variety of databases from the service through using a series of APIs and programming models, ranging from MongoDB to Gremlin. AWS added similar capabilities previous year, and Oracle responded with a price hike to run its databases on AWS and Azure, as it tries to get more customers for its refactored public cloud. He sees Microsoft providing the cloud-based global infrastructure for developers and the delivery of intelligent services, primarily on mobile devices.

In its database offerings, the Microsoft Azure cloud is starting to look a lot more like the Amazon Web Services Inc. Azure Cosmos DB is the next big leap in the evolution of DocumentDB and making it available for users. For a more detailed information about pricing and availability, check out the Azure official website.

Windows 10 grew by 24% since Microsoft ended the free upgrade offer a year ago, but the staying power of Windows 7 - that edition still powered more than half of all Windows PCs in April - hinted that enterprises have yet to migrate to the newer OS in large numbers. During the company's its first keynote presentation of the Microsoft Build 2017 conference in Seattle, the company has shown off a preview of Azure IoT Edge. Azure IoT Edge enables cloud functionality to be exported and run on IoT devices remotely. Where the company's previous focus has been on transferring that data back to its datacenters to analyze, Azure IoT Edge will allow that computing to take place on-site in local computing devices to speed things up.

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