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Azure Storage vs PostGIS: What are the differences?

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; PostGIS: Open source spatial database. PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.

Azure Storage can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Storage" category, while PostGIS is grouped under "Database Tools".

Some of the features offered by Azure Storage are:

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

On the other hand, PostGIS provides the following key features:

  • Processing and analytic functions for both vector and raster data for splicing, dicing, morphing, reclassifying, and collecting/unioning with the power of SQL
  • raster map algebra for fine-grained raster processing
  • Spatial reprojection SQL callable functions for both vector and raster data

"All-in-one storage solution" is the primary reason why developers consider Azure Storage over the competitors, whereas "De facto GIS in SQL" was stated as the key factor in picking PostGIS.

PostGIS is an open source tool with 645 GitHub stars and 246 GitHub forks. Here's a link to PostGIS's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Azure Storage has a broader approval, being mentioned in 84 company stacks & 44 developers stacks; compared to PostGIS, which is listed in 53 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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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.

What is PostGIS?

PostGIS is a spatial database extender for PostgreSQL object-relational database. It adds support for geographic objects allowing location queries to be run in SQL.
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      What are some alternatives to Azure Storage and PostGIS?
      Azure Redis Cache
      It perfectly complements Azure database services such as Cosmos DB. It provides a cost-effective solution to scale read and write throughput of your data tier. Store and share database query results, session states, static contents, and more using a common cache-aside pattern.
      Amazon S3
      Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
      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.
      Google Cloud Storage
      Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.
      Amazon EBS
      Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage.
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      How developers use Azure Storage and PostGIS
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      Seen on Set uses Azure StorageAzure Storage

      We use Azure Blob Storage for hosting all images on the Seen on Set website. These images are then geo-cached using Azure CDN.

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      Foundbite uses Azure StorageAzure Storage

      We use Azure Storage to store all foundbite images and sound. Azure Storage is super easy to use and really cheap.

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      Dirk Eisenberg uses Azure StorageAzure Storage

      Azure Storage is used as a scalable NoSQL storage to prevent bottlenecks when the amount of data is growing.

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      Kalibrr uses PostGISPostGIS

      PostGIS makes it easy (and fast) to do geographic queries, such as nearest-neighbor and bounding box queries.

      Avatar of Sail Tactics
      Sail Tactics uses PostGISPostGIS

      Backend for weather forecast data that Geoserver queries to build updated weather maps

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      nextdocdev uses Azure StorageAzure Storage

      Storage documents e historicals informations about the documents

      Avatar of Yonas B.
      Yonas B. uses Azure StorageAzure Storage

      I used Azure's blob storage to store large unstructured data.

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      Mathias Vonende uses PostGISPostGIS

      Storage for geo data.

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      DNT uses PostGISPostGIS

      Geospatial queries

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