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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We use Azure Blob Storage for hosting all images on the Seen on Set website. These images are then geo-cached using Azure CDN.
We use Azure Storage to store all foundbite images and sound. Azure Storage is super easy to use and really cheap.
Azure Storage is used as a scalable NoSQL storage to prevent bottlenecks when the amount of data is growing.
PostGIS makes it easy (and fast) to do geographic queries, such as nearest-neighbor and bounding box queries.
Backend for weather forecast data that Geoserver queries to build updated weather maps