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Microsoft Azure Adds NoSQL, Search & HBase Services

Microsoft brings DocumentDB, Search, and HDInsight HBase services to Azure, boldly entering the NoSQL arena and rounding out its cloud-based data platform.

A management interface view of the Microsoft Azure DocumentDB NoSQL database service now in public beta.
A management interface view of the Microsoft Azure DocumentDB NoSQL database service now in public beta.

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D. Henschen
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8/22/2014 | 9:23:16 AM
Amazon is chief competitor, not Google
This is search capabilities embedded inside applications. It's not really a threat to Google. It's just rounding out routine capabilities that Azure should have available. The real competition here is Amazon, which I should have mentioned as competition to DocumentDB. Amazon's big NoSQL play is Amazon DynamoDB.
ROBOLINUX
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8/22/2014 | 9:10:25 AM
Re: Microsoft "following" IMB and Oracle?
The issue with anything built by Microsoft is downtime Michael. Being impressed by their as you say "quick build" into the market is really not significant unless they can provide reasonable uptime. Unfortunately Microsoft provides sub standard uptime.
Thomas Claburn
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8/21/2014 | 6:48:28 PM
Re: Microsoft "following" IMB and Oracle?
Going after search is interesting. Is Google a target here or is Microsoft chasing after enterprise-specific document services?
Michael Endler
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8/21/2014 | 5:40:40 PM
Re: Microsoft "following" IMB and Oracle?
Doug, I agree, the speed with which Microsoft built this from scratch also stood out to me. The pace at which Azure has developed is impressive.
D. Henschen
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8/21/2014 | 3:18:32 PM
Re: Microsoft "following" IMB and Oracle?
I'd give Microsoft a bit more credit, here. They've developed an all-new database from scratch, and if it lives up to its billing, it's alone in blending NoSQL and relational capabilities. Oracle created a distributed version of a key-value-store database long ago and IBM just acquired a DBaaS as-a-service company, Cloudant. At this point I'd say IBM has invested the least in doing something original in NoSQL, though we have yet to really see what it does with Cloudant. 
Charlie Babcock
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8/21/2014 | 2:00:22 PM
Microsoft "following" IMB and Oracle?
Microsoft has the motivation, smarts and personnel to lead in data management in the cloud, but it still trails behind the actions of IBM and Oracle. This is like the early days of relational database, only it's 30 years later.
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