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MongoDB Atlas vs. SQL Azure
July 2022
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"Administering the solution is easy.""The product is user-friendly.""The solution is easy to use, the console is user-friendly, and overall a well-designed solution. It takes a complex system and makes it easy to understand. Additionally, the solution is always advancing and they provide a roadmap into what is coming in the future.""The features that I have found most valuable include the very easy integrations. The integrations are fantastic. I have not faced any challenges from the integration standpoint.""It's a good solution for NoSQL databases.""The most valuable feature is the schemaless architecture.""It's flexible. We don't need to have a solid upstream availability failover, and everything is seamless in Atlas.""The cloud-based nature of this solution makes it flexible and scalable."

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"It's user-friendly. Compared to other solutions, it's based more on clicks, not on scripts. It's easy to manage.""I am very happy with this solution; right now, I don't think there is anything I would change.""The on-premise SQL Server licenses can be used since it is on Azure, so it's a significant savings for the customers.""The solution is quire more stable than other tools.""Database services and Active Directory related functions for this solution are good. Stable, scalable, and easy to install. Its technical support is good.""The main advantage of it is that there is no infrastructure cost. We don't have to host it here. So, there is no infrastructure cost.""We don't have to manage it much. It is managed by Microsoft, which makes it easy for us because there is no admin overhead for managing the servers. It is also easily scalable. During peak hours, it can scale higher.""SQL Azure is good with transactional systems."

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"Based on its own habitat, it's not ACID compliant. If it had an ACID compliant option, it would be more useful for database administration.""Querying a dataset is not very intuitive, so I think that it can be improved.""I am still new with it, but since I mentioned that I'm using this product for only the last six months and my experience with this product is good thus far, on a scale of one to ten, I would give MongoDB Atlas a six.""The replica side, like the venue, can be improved.""The biggest challenge we all have is an application layer level. One node is sitting in the APAC region, another node is sitting in the US and UK region. The seamless replication has to be lightning fast, but we haven't tested the scalability yet.""It would be better if there were more integration capabilities with other products.""If it could be cheaper, that would make us happy.""The installation was straightforward except for the network hardware because it was a little complicated to make the connection with our VPC on AWS."

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"It is a little bit expensive for us. They can improve the price. It would also be very helpful if they can offer some free trial.""It would help if the solution was more secure.""Service Broker should be added in Azure Cloud. Service Broker is currently available only in the on-premises version.""I'm not really a SQL DBA, so I can't go into the depths of the areas that need to be improved. They can maybe make it a bit easier to educate people on how to develop SQL Server in Azure. They can provide some free seminars and webinars and more training in general for easier migration. I know there is some stuff on Microsoft learning, but it would be helpful and useful to have more up-to-date content.""It can have more dashboards for monitoring, which would naturally help a lot. Other than that, everything is okay.""Some issues with scalability.""If it's a transitional system, there is a lot of reporting, so the solution becomes a bit slow when it's churning out tons of data, but it's good for a mid-sized application""It's a little bit limited in terms of functionality."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We're currently using the Atlas for the night and don't require a license. However, it can be a problem if you want to use their enterprise environment. Then you need to purchase the license."
  • "The solution is expensive overall. It does not require a license but if you want the support then you will need to purchase the license. They use a pay-as-you-go model and you are able to receive some discounts by making longer usage commitments."
  • "Comparing the price between the MongoDB and Microsoft SQL Server, we are using the enterprise edition of Microsoft SQL Server, which is more expensive than MongoDB."
  • "We pay for a license."
  • "We pay for the license on a monthly basis. It's not cheap or expensive. For smaller companies, it's definitely expensive."
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  • "It is expensive for us. We are looking for something less expensive and thinking of migrating the whole system."
  • "It is reasonable."
  • "It is quite expensive. I would definitely recommend not using the pay-as-you-go model because this will just mean all your money will go to Microsoft. So, really make sure to control resource usage as much as possible."
  • "It's reasonably priced and when you compare it with other products in the cloud environment, it's cheaper."
  • "I have an annual spend number, and it is in the hundred thousand dollar range. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. Even though you have to look at the cost numbers of what you're going to be charged on a monthly basis, what you have to also remember is that your application may need a lot of rewriting and things like that. You get charged not just for the monthly costs but also for the transactions that occur. If your access to the data layer is not so efficient, your costs will go up because you're pulling far more data than you potentially need. These are hidden costs that nobody ever considers. If your application is not written very efficiently, you may actually increase your costs over on-prem versus cloud."
  • "It is expensive. Snowflake and PostgreSQL are cheaper than this. Google is also cheaper than Azure. Its licensing is on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is based on usage and storage."
  • "It requires a license. As compared to its competitors, such as Oracle, it is affordable and reasonable."
  • "There is a license required to use the solution and it cost $30 to do the installation."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The cloud-based nature of this solution makes it flexible and scalable.
    Top Answer:We pay for licensing on a monthly basis and we are fine with the cost.
    Top Answer:Querying a dataset is not very intuitive, so I think that it can be improved.
    Top Answer:The product is quite stable. The performance is great and it's reliable.
    Top Answer:You do need to pay a license fee in order to use the product. I can't speak to the exact price.
    Top Answer:It would help if the solution was more secure. It's an aspect they could work on for future releases.
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    MongoDB Atlas delivers the world’s leading database for modern applications as a fully automated cloud service engineered and run by the same team that builds the database. Proven operational and security practices are built in, automating time-consuming administration tasks such as infrastructure provisioning, database setup, ensuring availability, global distribution, backups, and more. The easy-to-use UI and API let you spend more time building your applications and less time managing your database.

    Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a relational database-as-a-service that delivers predictable performance, scalability, business continuity, data protection, and near-zero administration to cloud developers and solution architects. This is the deep technical library for Azure SQL Database.
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    Buyer's Guide
    MongoDB Atlas vs. SQL Azure
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about MongoDB Atlas vs. SQL Azure and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    MongoDB Atlas is ranked 5th in Database as a Service with 8 reviews while SQL Azure is ranked 1st in Database as a Service with 42 reviews. MongoDB Atlas is rated 8.6, while SQL Azure is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of MongoDB Atlas writes "Fantastic integrations, with multiple support levels". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SQL Azure writes "Scalability is the biggest benefit, and it has been available when we needed it". MongoDB Atlas is most compared with Amazon RDS, Google Cloud SQL, Oracle Database as a Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud at Customer, whereas SQL Azure is most compared with Google Cloud SQL, Amazon RDS, Oracle Database as a Service, Google Cloud Spanner and ClearDB. See our MongoDB Atlas vs. SQL Azure report.

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