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Microsoft aims to make artificial intelligence mainstream

13 May 2017
Microsoft aims to make artificial intelligence mainstream

At its Build developer conference in Seattle on Wednesday, Microsoft launched a range of tools created to make corporate database software, used to power everything from internal systems and records to public-facing websites, more smoothly integrate into the company's Azure platform. Microsoft claims four 9s of uptime and millisecond latency for the cloud-hosted database. The milestone comes as Office 365 sees 100m monthly active commercial users; 90-percent of the Fortune 500, Microsoft says, now runs on the company's cloud. You can use a Gremlin console with a Cosmos DB database. Cloud Spanner and CockroachDB both attempt to provide horizontal scale without sacrificing strong consistency, but they don't offer a mechanism for choosing a compromise between the two when it makes sense. "You can basically rip up the rule book and start over". "The advanced features and the scaling requirements of the DocuSign platform help to bolster Azure's enterprise-proven scale, availability, security and performance even further for our mutual customers".

The schema-free, multi-model database is capable of supporting key-value, documents, graphs, columnar data, and various APIs to access data from the likes of MongoDB.

The aggressive adoption of Microsoft's cloud service isn't surprising as the company has resorted to price cuts to challenge Amazon's superiority in this space.

Rimma Nehme, a database architect working on Cosmos DB, said: "We give you SLAs in four dimensions, latency, throughput, availability and consistency". These companies also tend to have outposts all over the world, so the distributed nature of Cosmos DB could be a draw, Crawford said. You know, just in case things are not running okay. - Amazon Web Services is previewing a product to make IoT devices smarter too - as well as Alphabet Inc. Nonetheless, Microsoft appears to cast a wide net through this globalized approach that offers many ways to configure it and tune for consistency.

Cosmos DB could be a real diamond for Microsoft that helps it to finally overtake Big Red. In 2014, Microsoft has made a decision to introduce Azure DocumentDB in preview form for that developer who wanted a NoSQL service for their own application development.

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.

Microsoft's Azure IoT Edge service, unveiled Wednesday, pushes the traditionally IT vendor into the industrial market to compete with manufacturing conglomerate General Electric through its new vital edge analytics capabilities, partners told CRN. Fast forward to April 2017, and companies have moved 23,000 databases into AWS using the tool, albeit not all of them were moved from Oracle. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) division maintained its 40% cloud market share previous year as it took away business from smaller players. The database engine can efficiently translate and project different data models onto the ARS-based data model. Announced previous year, the framework now has more than 130,000 registered developers. "You still have a fair amount of work to do to rewrite it and get it to work with the new platform". Where the company's previous focus has been on transferring that data back to its datacenters to analyze, Azure IoT Edge will allow that computing to take place on-site in local computing devices to speed things up.

The new Microsoft tools are created to make corporate database software, used to power everything from internal systems and records to public-facing websites, more smoothly integrate into the company's Azure platform. Azure Functions Runtime preview extends all this to on-premises or anywhere outside of the Azure cloud.