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Cosmos DB is created to be as accessible as it is available, and is a significant upgrade of its predecessor Document DB, a managed NoSQL database service optimised for JSON storage. In this case, database calls are routed automatically to the closest region. The system must provide 99.99 percent availability regardless of the number of regions associated with their database. Vole touts Cosmos DB as being designed for "planet-scale" applications and giving developers fine control over the replication policies and reliability.

Palo Alto Networks has begun to offer its virtualized firewall on Microsoft's Azure Government Cloud platform in a move to help public sector customers protect their applications and data in the cloud.

But what's most important about Cosmos DB is not where it's coming from, but where it's heading-and how it may be taking a sizable slice of the cloud-native database world with it.

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.

Notably, Cosmos also supports five different database consistency levels (more than any alternative), and can support either unstructured data or traditional SQL relational database tables such as those found in Oracle's 12c database or Microsoft's SQL Server.

It offers throughput, latency, availability and consistency guarantees.

Database fans also had reasons to cheer: Guthrie announced not only Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and tools to painlessly port Sequel Server databased to Azure SQL Database, but also a completely new kind of database called Cosmos.

Nadella spent time on stage at the Seattle conference stressing a need to build trust in technology, saying new applications must avoid dystopian futures feared by some.

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise, and his direct reports took over the rest of the proceedings with announcements of new products and some early previews of the tools that will be given more detailed attention during conference sessions.

Cosmos DB is available starting Wednesday. "It is a pretty fantastic world you can create using intelligent cloud and intelligent edge". These will give the familiar open source databases in a platform-as-a-service style, removing the administrative overhead that comes of using them and making it easier to move workloads using them into Azure. A year ago, Inc.'s pioneering cloud-computing business, Amazon Web Services, rolled out its own database-migration offering to help customers shift their computing to its on-demand subscription service.

Industry media outlets were quick to characterize Microsoft's Azure-based data offerings in comparison to AWS.

Windows 10 IoT Core support for Azure IoT Device Management, which provides highly scalable remote device management features.

Download Microsoft Azure app from Google Play.

An investment into the command line interface, and bringing the Azure Cloud Shell inside the Azure Portal to manage virtual machine instances inside Azure, and monitor and manage them on Android and iOS with the Azure Mobile App.

Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology reporting.

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