Microsoft’s new distributed database Azure Cosmos is now free to try

Laurent Giret

Developers can now try Azure Cosmos DB, Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database service for free for a limited time. The trial doesn’t require to sign up to Azure, and Microsoft says that developers can go from nothing to a fully functional Azure Cosmos DB app in “less than a minute.”

The service allows developers to use their favorite API including SQL, JavaScript, Gremlin, MongoDB, and Azure Table Storage to access their data. More importantly, Microsoft guarantees  99.99% high availability with transparent multi-homing capabilities.

“We want to make it easy for developers to evaluate Azure Cosmos DB, build and test their app against Azure Cosmos DB, do a hands-on-lab, a tutorial, create a demo or perform unit testing without incurring any costs,” explained the Azure team. “Our goal is to enable any developer to easily experience Azure Cosmos DB and what it has to offer, become more comfortable with our database service and build the expertise with our stack at zero cost.

You can now try Azure Cosmos DB for free by visiting this page, please note that you’ll need to sign up with your Microsoft account to create your free Azure Cosmos DB account. You can learn more about how to get started on the Azure blog.