Microsoft announces Azure Cosmos DB, the first globally distributed, multi-model database service

At Build conference today, Microsoft revealed Azure Cosmos DB, a brand new cloud database service built from the ground up to power planet-scale cloud services and data-intensive applications. Microsoft claims that Azure Cosmos DB is the industry’s first globally distributed, multi-model database service to deliver horizontal scale with guaranteed uptime, throughput, consistency and single-digit millisecond latency at the 99th percentile.

It allows developers to elastically scale across any number of geographical regions while delivering the industry’s only financially-backed database SLAs across uptime, performance, latency, and consistency. Developers get incredible flexibility with the only schema-free database service, with support for popular NoSQL APIs, that also offers five well-defined consistency choices while auto-indexing all your data. is already using Azure Cosmos DB to scale to 100 trillion transactions per day and growing, spanning multiple regions.