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Sandwiched between the open source excitement of Microsoft’s Connect(); 2018 event was news to set the hearts of database fans a-quiver. As well as a slew of new toys, the cost of entry and scaling of its globally distributed database service, Cosmos DB, was lowered considerably.
Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s crack at a distributed NoSQL database along the lines of Amazon’s DynamoDB. An evolution of Azure’s DocumentDB service, the tooling gives customers a read and write availability of 99.999 per cent along with write latency below the ten millisecond mark.
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Data can be replicated over all Azure’s regions and devs can pick and choose from a wide variety of APIs in order to talk to the thing, from MongoDB to good old SQL. We took a look at it back in September and liked what we saw. But even though the entry point had been dropped, the price made us wince a little. Now things have reduced further.
The drop is eye-opening. Azure Cosmos DB is billed by provisioned throughput and consumed storage per hour, and is expressed as Request Units per Second (RU/S). As a minimum, Microsoft expected users to sign up for a minimum of 10,000 RU/S for a Cosmos DB database, with...
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