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Microsoft claims the guarantees, called service-level agreements, are the first for cloud-database services.

Many applications still call for traditional relational databases.

The $14.8 billion from the commercial cloud businesses represents more than 15 percent of the $96.24 billion in overall revenue that Wall Street expects from Microsoft this year. Microsoft previewed Docker, Azure Functions and Xamarin.IoT support. The database engine can efficiently translate and project different data models onto the ARS-based data model. Vole touts Cosmos DB as being designed for "planet-scale" applications and giving developers fine control over the replication policies and reliability. Both due to Microsoft and SAP's database momentum, and the direct and indirect pressures placed by cloud firms. The Cosmos model is created to be globally distributed and meet developer demands with support for multiple models and APIs.

Electronic signature technology provider DocuSign announced on Wednesday at the Microsoft Build 2017 conference in Seattle that it has selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud vendor to help it scale and extend its reach to Canada.

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.

Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Microsoft Data Group, described Azure Cosmos DB as "the industry's first globally-distributed, multi-model database service", in a May 10 blog post. The transition has officially started on May 10 with no additional charge for existing Azure DocumentDB customers.

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Rimma Nehme, a database architect working on Cosmos DB, said: "We give you SLAs in four dimensions, latency, throughput, availability and consistency".

In terms of developer accessibility Microsoft announced support for graph traversal, supporting Apache Gremlin.That part of the Build demo was striking, but nearly presented as an afterthought - Microsoft took a natural language query and created the Graph database query on the fly. Make sure that you have Administrator privileges for your cloud computing to use the Azure Android app so that you can get complete functionality and use out of this pretty cool app.

Microsoft is adding new intelligence capabilities to Azure, its cloud platform for enterprise customers. These new database services have been created to help big companies and developers to take their third-party and SQL Server databases and move them to Microsoft Azure SQL Database service.

The Azure database migration service sounds like a similar play by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2015, which saw companies move 1,000 databases over to AWS in week one, according to Business Insider. This new Azure Cloud Shell will complement the IDE and the Azure Portal.

But Microsoft is still hoping to win over consumers with its digital servant, Cortana, a rival to Apple's Siri, Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. "IoT Edge allows us to be more streamlined in the creation of solutions that suffer from connection disruptions, real-time responses, and complex device management scenarios".

Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology reporting.

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