Microsoft rolled out a sequence of recent Azure Information providers on March 2 as a part of its flurry of stories popping out of the digital Microsoft Ignite 2021 convention.
Among the many knowledge gadgets unveiled at Ignite was the overall availability of Azure Synapse Hyperlink for Cosmos DB, which integrates the Azure Synapse Analytics service with Microsoft’s Azure Cosmos DB cloud database.
Microsoft is now additionally offering extra help for the MongoDB 4.0 API within Azure Cosmos DB, enabling higher compatibility for customers of the favored MongoDB doc database.
Microsoft additionally used the Ignite convention because the venue to unveil a preview of its Apache Cassandra Azure service, which offers a managed cloud model of the favored open supply Apache Cassandra database to Microsoft’s cloud.
Cosmos DB enhancements
Sanjeev Mohan, a Gartner analyst, mentioned Cosmos DB’s help for MongoDB’s 4.0 API will get it nearer to full MongoDB compatibility. Mohan famous that as a part of Cosmos DB replace, the database will get new multi-document transactional capabilities and aggregation features.
“That is excellent news for the customers of Cosmos DB which is already a millisecond latency and globally replicated polyglot database that’s accessible in each Microsoft Azure area,” Mohan mentioned.
In the meantime, Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna famous that from his perspective, the Azure Synapse Hyperlink for CosmosDB providing is a crucial milestone for Microsoft that allows organizations to run analytics on the velocity of transactions.
“We discover a rising demand for close to real-time analytics from many vertical industries, together with monetary providers, retail, and healthcare, nevertheless latency in knowledge motion and processing from transactional techniques usually slows down this initiative,” Yuhanna mentioned. “With Azure Synapse hyperlink for Azure CosmosDB it brings OLTP (on-line transaction processing) and OLAP (on-line analytical processing) nearer collectively that can assist organizations help real-time analytics with minimal effort.”
Apache Cassandra Azure service expands Azure Information choices
Microsoft is now additionally wading into the aggressive marketplace for Apache Cassandra database providers. A number of distributors, together with DataStax and Instaclustr, already provide supported Cassandra providers. And Microsoft’s cloud rival AWS launched its managed Cassandra service in December 2019.
“Primarily based on our analysis, we discover that Apache Cassandra adoption has been rising quickly over the previous two years, primarily due to the necessity to help distributed knowledge purposes and analytics throughout areas,” Yuhanna mentioned. “Cassandra, over the last decade, has been established as one of many main suppliers of distributed databases, and with the help of Apache Cassandra on Azure Cloud, it’ll assist organizations merely distributed database deployments.”
Mohan famous that the brand new preview service from Microsoft is geared to maneuver on-premises Apache Cassandra providers into Azure. The Apache Cassandra Azure service will present all of the managed providing options similar to provisioning, backups and updating variations.
“As Apache Cassandra deployments may be complicated, this service will assist alleviate the effort and time wanted to onboard Cassandra purposes,” Mohan mentioned.
Apache Cassandra distributors remark
Mohan famous that DataStax’s Astra cloud providing is already accessible to run Cassandra as a service in Azure and this new service from Microsoft now provides a brand new different. Nonetheless, he famous that DataStax Astra is multi-tenant and runs on different main public clouds whereas the brand new Azure service is single-tenant and for Azure solely.
DataStax chief product officer Ed Anuff mentioned DataStax is seeing robust and rising curiosity in Cassandra. Given the demand for Cassandra, Anuff mentioned DataStax expects to see quite a lot of providers for Cassandra available in the market.
For his half, Steve Francis, chief income officer at Instaclustr, mentioned the seller is also seeing continued demand for Cassandra providers. Having a tech large similar to Microsoft within the Cassandra neighborhood is a optimistic signal for the challenge, he mentioned.
“Microsoft’s elevated dedication to Apache Cassandra is great validation for the challenge and demonstrates its continued significance as companies of every kind more and more digitize,” Francis mentioned. “Apache Cassandra offers scale and efficiency that’s unequalled when it’s expertly managed.”