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Azure Cosmos DB vs Azure Storage: What are the differences?

What is Azure Cosmos DB? A fully-managed, globally distributed NoSQL database service. Azure DocumentDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service built for fast and predictable performance, high availability, elastic scaling, global distribution, and ease of development.

What is Azure Storage? Reliable, economical cloud storage for data big and small. Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.

Azure Cosmos DB can be classified as a tool in the "NoSQL Database as a Service" category, while Azure Storage is grouped under "Cloud Storage".

Some of the features offered by Azure Cosmos DB are:

  • Fully managed with 99.99% Availability SLA
  • Elastically and highly scalable (both throughput and storage)
  • Predictable low latency: <10ms @ P99 reads and <15ms @ P99 fully-indexed writes

On the other hand, Azure Storage provides the following key features:

  • Blobs, Tables, Queues, and Files
  • Highly scalable
  • Durable & highly available

"Best-of-breed NoSQL features" is the primary reason why developers consider Azure Cosmos DB over the competitors, whereas "All-in-one storage solution" was stated as the key factor in picking Azure Storage.

Microsoft, Starbucks, and Yammer are some of the popular companies that use Azure Storage, whereas Azure Cosmos DB is used by Microsoft, Property With Potential, and Rumble. Azure Storage has a broader approval, being mentioned in 84 company stacks & 44 developers stacks; compared to Azure Cosmos DB, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

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Pros of Azure Cosmos DB
Pros of Azure Storage
  • 28
    Best-of-breed NoSQL features
  • 21
    High scalability
  • 15
    Globally distributed
  • 14
    Automatic indexing over flexible json data model
  • 10
    Always on with 99.99% availability sla
  • 10
    Tunable consistency
  • 7
    Javascript language integrated transactions and queries
  • 6
    Predictable performance
  • 5
    Analytics Store
  • 5
    High performance
  • 2
    Auto Indexing
  • 2
    Rapid Development
  • 2
    Ease of use
  • 2
    No Sql
  • 23
    All-in-one storage solution
  • 15
    Pay only for data used regardless of disk size
  • 9
    Shared drive mapping
  • 2
    Cost-effective
  • 2
    Cheapest hot and cloud storage

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Cons of Azure Cosmos DB
Cons of Azure Storage
  • 17
    Pricing
  • 4
    Poor No SQL query support
  • 2
    Direct support is not provided by Azure storage

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What is Azure Cosmos DB?

Azure DocumentDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service built for fast and predictable performance, high availability, elastic scaling, global distribution, and ease of development.

What is Azure Storage?

Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.

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What are some alternatives to Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Storage?
Azure SQL Database
It is the intelligent, scalable, cloud database service that provides the broadest SQL Server engine compatibility and up to a 212% return on investment. It is a database service that can quickly and efficiently scale to meet demand, is automatically highly available, and supports a variety of third party software.
MongoDB Atlas
MongoDB Atlas is a global cloud database service built and run by the team behind MongoDB. Enjoy the flexibility and scalability of a document database, with the ease and automation of a fully managed service on your preferred cloud.
MongoDB
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
Neo4j
Neo4j stores data in nodes connected by directed, typed relationships with properties on both, also known as a Property Graph. It is a high performance graph store with all the features expected of a mature and robust database, like a friendly query language and ACID transactions.
MySQL
The MySQL software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software.
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