Microsoft’s New Azure Database Offerings Challenge (and Maybe Surpass) AWS Cloud

May 12, 2017 Off By Hoofer

Grazed from ADTMag. Author: Drew Robb.

In its database offerings, the Microsoft Azure cloud is starting to look a lot more like the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud. At this week’s Build developer conference, Microsoft made a bunch of cloud-based data announcements, including previews of new Azure database services for PostgreSQL and MySQL. Perhaps not coincidentally, AWS already has similar offerings: Its Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) features PosgreSQL and MySQL as database engine options. AWS also offers a fully managed MySQL-compatible relational database called Amazon Aurora.

It’s another new Azure offering, though, that may see even AWS playing catch-up: Azure Cosmos DB. "Today, we announced Azure Cosmos DB, the first globally distributed, multi-model database service delivering turnkey global distribution with guaranteed uptime and millisecond latency at the 99th percentile," Microsoft exec Scott Guthrie said in a blog post yesterday…

"While most database services force you to choose between strong or eventual consistency, Azure Cosmos DB is the only globally distributed database service which offers five well-defined, intuitive consistency choices — so you can select just the right one for your app."…

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