I am pleased to announce I’m writing a series of articles for IT Pro Today. Below is a excerpt from the first in the series. In this article I’m comparing Azure Cosmos DB against SQL server and how that affects or will affect DBAs and our profession as a whole. You can read the entire article here.
Azure Cosmos DB vs. SQL Server: Scalability Differences
Azure Cosmos DB introduces career- and technical-related questions for traditional DBAs; how it handles scalability, by scaling out rather than up, distinguishes it from SQL Server
But Cosmos DB introduces a number of questions for database professionals. Most of the seasoned DBAs I know are struggling to wrap their heads around exactly what Cosmos DB is and wondering where it should or should not be used. And beyond the need to understand and evaluate the technical aspects of Cosmos DB, there is a broader set of questions around what the technology means for traditional DBAs’ careers. Should RDMBS specialists become database generalists? Doing so would allow them to get more involved in NoSQL and Cosmos DB but it comes at the cost of less depth of knowledge in the RDBMS space.
Read the entire article at IT Pro Today
Mindy Curnutt is a five time Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over 20 years of experience working with Database Solutions. She specializes in Performance Tuning and Architecture. She speaks regularly across North America at Local User Groups, SQL Saturdays and Conferences.