Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB is a globally distributed database service designed to enable you to elastically and independently scale throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions with comprehensive SLAs. You can develop document, key/value, or graph databases with Cosmos DB using a series of popular APIs and programming models.

SQL API:
With the SQL API, Azure Cosmos DB provides rich and familiar SQL query capabilities with consistent low latencies over schema-less JSON data. In this article, we provide an overview of the Azure Cosmos DB’s SQL API, and how to best use the API.

Gremlin API:
Azure Cosmos DB provides the Gremlin API for graph modeling and traversal, along with turn-key global distribution, elastic scaling of storage and throughput, and low latency.

Cassandra API
Azure Cosmos DB supports the Cassandra API. This means that by using existing drivers, your application written for Cassandra can now communicate with Azure Cosmos DB instead of Apache Cassandra/Datastax Enterprise databases, and gain benefits like global distribution and elastic scale.

MongoDB API:
Azure Cosmos DB supports the MongoDB API. This means that by using existing drivers, your application written for MongoDB can now communicate with Cosmos DB instead of MongoDB databases, and gain benefits like global distribution & elastic scale.

Table API:
Azure Cosmos DB provides the Table API for key-value workloads. This provides a premium experience for Azure Table storage with secondary indexes, global distribution, low latency, and dedicated throughput.

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  1. [DocumentDB] Allow Paging (skip/take)

    Allowing paging would be huge. Btw, Thank You for rolling out this feature at all! It looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it! However, I won't be able to use it for actual work projects until it supports paging and sorting.

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      86 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Be able to do partial updates on document

      Allow to push only values for some fields of a document and not need to read the whole document and save it to documentDB.

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        50 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add Group By support for Aggregate Functions

        We're really happy about the new aggregate functions that recently were announced. But without Group By support they fall short and will leave many disappointed. Please add Group By support as well.

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          44 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Azure CosmosDB is too expensive for small but multiple collections

          Currently using on-prem MongoDB (on Linux) and wish to move to Azure, but I find CosmosDB is too expensive for small but multiple (MongoDB)collections because it seems that a minimum of 400 RRU's/per second will be charged for each collection.

          The terminology used on the pricing web pages is somewhat unclear though and I am not sure if the pricing for the minimum of 400 RRU's/second applies to partitions or collection (or if these terms are in fact identical semantically)

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            82 comments  ·  MongoDB API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks everyone for the comments.

            I don’t know if you are aware but at Ignite 2017, we announced a free tier with 12 month access to all popular services in Azure. Cosmos DB is a part of free tier, and specifically for Cosmos DB you get 5GB in storage and 400 RUs absolutely free for an entire year.

            This is only for accounts that have not already been used to sign up for an existing trial or paid subscription. To learn more or sign up go here, https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/services/cosmos-db/

            Also last year, we launched Try Azure Cosmos DB for free, an experience which gives you a time-limited full-service experience with Cosmos DB. It is designed to enable to try out Cosmos DB without requiring an Azure account or a credit card. We are extending Try Cosmos DB for free to 1 month free, with the ability to renew any time. To…

          • Support cross-document joins

            I have a many-to-many scenario that requires something like document-to-document joins.

            In my app, users can "like" posts. That's three "tables" or entity sets. One each for users, likes and posts. I can't put the likes inside of either the users or the posts entities as sub-documents because there could be thousands of them. Even with 256KB documents I'd run out of room pretty quickly. I need a way to quickly get the top 100 posts that a user liked (and continue to paginate from there). I also need to go the other way. I need to get all the…

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              19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              For applications that require cross document join, please consider the Gremlin API: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/create-graph-dotnet, which has primitives for joins, traversals, and other graph operations.

              We are evaluating expanding the SQL grammar to support graph functionality, which will provide the ability to perform cross-document JOINs. Please upvote this item to help us prioritize this work.

            • Manage Azure DocumentDB using PowerShell

              We need a PowerShell module for managing Azure DocumentDB

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                40 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Transaction support in client SDKs

                it would be useful if documentdb transactions are supported in .net, rather than just storedprocs and triggers.
                using trans = newtrans()
                try
                db.addsomething()
                db.save() //ok
                db.addother()
                db.save() //fail
                catch
                trans.rollback
                end try
                end using

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                  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Offline version for mobile devices

                  Like cloudant and couchbase. To be able to have local storage which can sync with the cloud once we get a network conneciton.
                  It should be connection agnostic, use in the same manner if connected or not.

                  1,002 votes
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                    27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Autoscale Throughput (UR/s)

                    Depending on the average amount of incomming requests/ required RU's, (or other parameters,)
                    I would like to autoscale the througput(RU/s) of a collection.

                    874 votes
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                      34 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add DocumentDB Emulator support for Mac OS X and *nix

                      The DocumentDB Emulator currently only supports Windows 10.

                      It would be great if support for Mac OS X could be added or documentation to run it on other platforms.

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                        27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Set based operations (INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE)

                        It would be nice to be able to update parts of documents, delete documents, and insert documents using set based operations, similar to SQL.

                        e.g.
                        UPDATE Users SET IsActive = 0 WHERE LastLogin < '2010-01-01'
                        DELETE FROM Users WHERE LastLogin < '2009-01-01'
                        INSERT INTO table2 SELECT * FROM table1

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                          7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          There are multiple responses to this suggestion.

                          Support for SQL-like syntax for UPDATE, DELETE and INSERT INTO are not on our road map at this time.

                          However, the underlying functionality for an UPDATE, SET is essentially a PATCH. This functionality we are actively working on. See this User Voice item here to track for future updates. https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263030-azure-cosmos-db/suggestions/6693091-be-able-to-do-partial-updates-on-document

                          Thank you for your suggestion.

                        • Support Document Versioning

                          The ability to generate links to a previous version of a document would be a powerful addition DocumentDB that has many use cases.

                          In my case I need a self managed profile document that needs to be referenced at point in time to be tied to an event.

                          682 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Azure Cosmos DB now provides the ability to access the change feed (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/change-feed). A common pattern to implement eventing patterns is

                            1. Store every version/change as a separate item
                            2. Read the change feed to merge/consolidate changes and trigger appropriate actions downstream.

                            You can also expire old versions using TTL: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/time-to-live

                          • Implement LIKE keyword

                            Add support for the LIKE '%%' SQL keyword and associated functionality.

                            681 votes
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                              31 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Azure Cosmos DB supports the CONTAINS, STARTSWITH, and ENDSWITH built-in functions which are equivalent to LIKE.

                              We are planning to add support for LIKE since this is a top requested item, but meanwhile, please use the other equivalent keywords.

                            • 604 votes
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                                20 comments  ·  MongoDB API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow multi Order By

                                From what I see it is impossible to run a query with more than one column in the Order By.

                                500 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for single entity retrieval instead of IEnumarable

                                  Single \ First and so are currently not supported in Document DB

                                  For example, the following code:

                                  return _client.CreateDocumentQuery<TEntity>(_collection.SelfLink).SingleOrDefault(x => x.Id == id);

                                  causes the error:

                                  An exception of type 'Microsoft.Azure.Documents.Linq.DocumentQueryException' occurred in Microsoft.Azure.Documents.Client.dll but was not handled in user code

                                  Additional information: Query expression is invalid, expression return type Entities.Models.Hierarchy is unsupported. Query must evaluate to IEnumerable.

                                  455 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thank you for your feedback. I have discussed this in more detail with our team.

                                    You are correct the workaround suggested to use .AsEnumerable().FirstOrDefault(). should not be a recommended work around. This way results in materializing all documents on the client first before getting the 1st document, which is not very efficient and the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

                                    Instead we recommend you use Take(1).AsEnumerable() and then .First() or .Single() or .FirstOrDefault() for Single() and First(). Take(1) is translated to SELECT TOP 1 and is processed server-side so more efficient than the previous suggestion and is what you are trying to achieve.

                                    As to the original ask. The support for these operations can be done, but this work is not prioritized against the other work we want to deliver. I will move this back as unplanned but please note this is on our roadmap.

                                    Thanks again…

                                  • Support Cypher as a query language for Graph data

                                    Add Cyhper (see http://www.opencypher.org/) as a language to query graph databases. Cypher is a human readable query languages to easily access a graph database.

                                    338 votes
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                                      9 comments  ·  Gremlin API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • OpenSource DocumentDB .NET SDK

                                      Unlike this thread
                                      https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263030-documentdb/suggestions/6334154-open-source-documentdb

                                      We would like to have only the .NET SDK as opensource
                                      https://github.com/Azure/azure-documentdb-dotnet/issues/128

                                      I have been programming against docdb with .Net for more than one year now and 80% of my problems come from the .NET SDK. We must be able to step into source code easily and propose pull requests to fix bugs. This will help Microsoft DocDB dev team to speed up corrections and features on this SDK.

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                                      • Support Gremlin Bytecode to enable the fluent API of Gremlin.NET

                                        Azure Cosmos DB Graph API doesn't support Gremlin Bytecode. Therefor it is not possible to use the fluent traversal API of Gremlin.NET.

                                        Within the Azure Cosmos DB Graph .NET API (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/graph-sdk-dotnet) it is recommended to use Gremlin.NET. So it would be really nice if all features of Gremlin.NET would be supported.

                                        See also the idea of a "better type-safe APIs fro Gremlin" (https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263030-azure-cosmos-db/suggestions/19340761-better-type-safe-apis-for-gremlin) within the Graph API feedback.

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                                          9 comments  ·  Gremlin API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add ability to rename databases and collections

                                          It should be possible to rename databases and collections.

                                          This feature is universal in all if not the vast majority of database products.

                                          Lack of ability to rename anything makes it very hard for us to manage releases if we are adding new data. Currently, we have to create a copy of the existing database (which is a feat in itself, since this again is not core functionality), make the change there, and then re-point the website to the updated database. All this time, we are incurring extra costs and inconvenience.

                                          Renaming things also allows us to correct typos, which…

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                                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            The ability to rename databases and collections is not currently something that is in our road map.

                                            Currently the way to accomplish this task in Cosmos DB is to create a new collection with the changed name then use bulk exec or change feed to populate it.

                                            Thanks for your request and input on this. We may consider this for a future planning cycle.

                                            thanks.

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