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Microsoft queues up DocumentDB for broad availability

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Microsoft continues to fill in the check boxes for its Azure cloud. Example: Azure DocumentDB, Microsoft’s take on NoSQL databases a la Couch or MongoDB, will be generally available April 8, the company said Thursday.

The beauty of these document databases is they can ingest JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) formatted information as is — no need for the mapping process that had to occur to pump them into relational SQL databases. [company]Amazon[/company] Web Services added JSON support to its DynamoDB database last last year.

[company]Microsoft[/company] announced DocumentDB in August.

Microsoft, which is trying to kit out Azure as a comfy home to a wide variety of workloads, supports a variety of homegrown and third-party databases including MongoDB and Microsoft SQL Azure and Oracle.

Microsoft also said Azure Search, which works across more than 50 languages, is now available. This “search-as-a-service” targets developers who want to add full-text search into their applications.

The company also unveiled a new premium encoder for Azure Media Services.

For a primer on DocumentDB check out the video below.

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3 Responses to “Microsoft queues up DocumentDB for broad availability”

  1. ewalsh5

    The JSON feed support is great news. Regardless of how they fared with original internet bus, Nadella and his team have been early birds for cloud investment. They actually match many of the requirements for closing the IT Delivery Gap with an Open Hybrid Cloud Architecture now. – Eamon Walsh, commenting on behalf of IDG and Red Hat.

  2. Although dynamo db supports JSON result sets it doesn’t really allow you to store, query and retrieve JSON formatted data, does it? I’m not really a fan of Azure but if documentdb can handle this then it’s a big win. Perhaps it swings pressure on AWS to finally provide this functionality with one of their NOSQL DB platforms so folks can stop rolling their own mongodb on aws.