Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Overview

Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Managed NoSQL Databases. It is most often compared to Amazon DynamoDB: Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB vs Amazon DynamoDB

What is Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB?

DocumentDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service built for fast and predictable performance, high availability, elastic scaling, global distribution, and ease of development. As a schema-free NoSQL database, DocumentDB provides rich and familiar SQL query capabilities with consistent low latencies on JSON data - ensuring that 99% of your reads are served under 10 milliseconds and 99% of your writes are served under 15 milliseconds. These unique benefits make DocumentDB a great fit for web, mobile, gaming, and IoT, and many other applications that need seamless scale and global replication.

Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB is also known as Microsoft Azure DocumentDB, MS Azure Cosmos DB, MS Azure Cosmos DB, MS Azure Cosmos DB.

Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Buyer's Guide

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Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Customers

American Cancer Society, Exxon Mobil, Symantec

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB pricing:
  • "Cosmos should be cheaper. We actually intend to stop using it in the near future because the price is too high."
  • "There is a licensing fee."

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KS
Associate Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Provides single-digit millisecond response times but struggles with large amounts of data

What is our primary use case?

We have a database stored on Microsoft Azure where we fetch records and validate them against the application data that is displayed. We use it as a backend in an application to store data. Within our organization, there are around 500 people using this solution.

Pros and Cons

  • "I would recommend Cosmos. It made our lives a lot easier. There's not a big learning curve in order to understand the structure and how to use it."
  • "We should have more freedom to tweak it and make our own queries for non-traditional use-cases."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of seven. Aside from the scalability issues, we haven't experienced any other issues. I would recommend Cosmos. It made our lives a lot easier. There's not a big learning curve in order to understand the structure and how to use it. We were good to go with only one container. Anybody who is new can learn quickly.
RP
Cloud Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Leaderboard
Has good scaling abilities and good automatic performance

What is our primary use case?

We have a lot of use cases like for the web API backend where we have most of the processing jobs. It supports mobile, browser, and tablet. We have a single face application that interacts with the users and customers. It's backend and frontend architecture. For middleware, we use Kafka integration. We have PowerBI for reporting.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the scalability. There aren't any constraints for posting in the geolocation. I also like the SQL architecture."
  • "The query is a little complex. SQL server should have more options. But the query should be better."

What other advice do I have?

Before implementing, know now how to use DocumentDB. Understand your use case. From an architecture perspective, we have a use case where we wanted to use more SQ and we used DocumentDB as the first consideration. There isn't a better SQL than DocumentDB available. Cloud provides this type of platform. The automatic performance is also very good. We did research on the internet and decided to go with DocumentDB. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten because there is what to be done for improvement. In the future, it should be simplified for developers so that it's not a hassle for…
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KR
Information Technology Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Straightforward to set up, stable, easy to use, and well-compliments a solution that includes a relational database

What is our primary use case?

Cosmos DB is a non-relational, NoSQL database. We are a solution provider and we implement this product for our clients. It is used for integrating and managing unstructured data such as videos, pictures, and other big objects that you cannot include in a standard database tablet. It is made for these kinds of activities. Some of our customers include banks, where together with their main relational database, it provides a place for keeping track of unstructured data. The relational database is used to store the regular data, whereas Cosmos DB stores what is unstructured. I also use this… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Cosmos DB is stable and easy to use."
  • "Better documentation on how to integrate with other components would be helpful because I was struggling with this."

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and I recommend it, especially in cases where people want to keep their information outside of the organization and on the cloud. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
KG
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Very user-friendly, easy to set up, and scalable

What is our primary use case?

We are strict users of Microsoft. We use it to deal with huge amounts of data. It's like Databricks and it's structured. All of the sites we have are stored in Cosmos DB.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate."
  • "It would be ideal if we could integrate Cosmos DB with our Databricks. At this point, that's not possible."

What other advice do I have?

I am using the latest version of the solution. Overall, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. I have always been very happy with its capabilities. I would recommend the solution to other organizations.