Cosmos DB launches Microsoft Azure databases at Oracle

First up: Azure Cosmos DB, a new and distributed database that grew out of the company’s earlier DocumentDB, a NoSQL database.

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Oracle is the largest seller of such database software.

Offer stringent financially-backed comprehensive SLAs [service-level agreements] for 1, 2, 3 and 4 above. Because of this auto-indexing, queries can be performed faster and more accurately as you no longer have to overcome the restraints of complex schema and index management or schema migration in a globally distributed setup.

Operate at a very low cost to pass on the savings to customers.

The company has had a strong portfolio in the area for a number of years but Microsoft now really seems to be upping its game with the launch of Cosmos DB and the Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL. The Cosmos model is created to be globally distributed and meet developer demands with support for multiple models and APIs.

For those lost on the type of cloud computing tasks that Azure handles: Microsoft Azure is not your typical cloud computing service that allows you to directly upload your selfies and work on documents. Cosmos DB is designed for “planet-scale” applications, giving developers fine control over the replication policies and reliability.

Cloud-computing providers like Microsoft and Amazon often use examples like Black Friday to pitch their services.

Putting RDS on notice With the addition of Postgres and MySQL to the platform, Microsoft will have a credible competitor to Amazon’s Relational Database Services (RDS), which now supports Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB (a fork of MySQL), Oracle and SQL Server. Azure Application Insights support means teams can measure performance, detect issues, and diagnose the source of the problem with serverless apps.

Nadella also used the opportunity to make some philosophical statements about AI, saying it’s up to Microsoft “to ensure that some of the more dystopian scenarios don’t come true”.

Industry media outlets were quick to characterize Microsoft’s Azure-based data offerings in comparison to AWS.

One artificial intelligence service uses the company’s ability to automatically translate languages to add subtitles to PowerPoint presentations, while another lets customers index video to identify a particular speaker by sight or tag when a word or phrase is uttered, company executives said during a briefing ahead of its Build developer conference in Seattle. Microsoft claims the guarantees, called service-level agreements, are the first for cloud-database services.

To be clear, Nvidia isn’t building a whole cloud infrastructure from scratch.

Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology reporting.