Announced at MS Ignite 2023: MongoDB vCore, free offer, Copilot, and more!

Michal Toiba

Microsoft Ignite 2023

Microsoft Ignite 2023 was abuzz with all things AI on opening day of the event – and the excitement continues! The show kicked off with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote on how Microsoft is creating new opportunities across platforms and solutions in the era of AI. Azure Cosmos DB is at the forefront of these solutions – Satya gave a shoutout to Azure Cosmos DB’s new integrated vector database capabilities in his keynote – offering several new improvements to power the most innovative generative AI applications. Take a look below at what we announced today and what’s still to come!

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces the GA of Integrated Vector Database in Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore, Nov. 15, 2023.


Empowering developers with an AI-ready database

Built for the speed and scale that highly-responsive, intelligent apps need, Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore, now generally available, offers a robust, seamlessly integrated, and fully-managed database solution for MongoDB workloads. The solution provides a familiar architecture for developers, native integration with the Azure ecosystem, low costs, and advanced database querying abilities with full-text search for AI chatbots and other intelligent apps.

And what better way to start using Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore than for free? Today we announced a brand-new free tier for vCore, offering a long-term solution designed to provide developers lots of opportunities to explore, innovate, and develop with 32GB of storage.

Also generally available today, Integrated Vector Database in Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore allows you to uncover hidden patterns, relationships, and insights within your data. With the integrated vector database, you can store long term memory and chat history to improve your Large Language Model (LLM) solution. You can efficiently query back the most relevant context to personalize Azure OpenAI Service prompts in a token-efficient manner.

Joining us this year at Ignite, KPMG Australia showcased how they used Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore Integrated Vector Database as the backbone for their innovative KymChat chatbot application. The solution has helped them improve search quality and deliver faster results at scale. Robert Finalyson, senior product manager at KPMG, demoed KymChat in our breakout session “Data for the era of AI: Build intelligent apps with Azure Cosmos DB” showing how KPMG integrated internal data into an AI chat experience.

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KPMG Product Manager Robert Finlayson and General Manager of Azure Cosmos DB Kirill Gavrylyuk discuss KymChat on stage at Ignite, Nov. 15, 2023.


In addition to the integrated vector database that fuels your AI apps, we’re excited to launch Microsoft Copilot for Azure in Azure Cosmos DB, available in public preview. This AI-powered tool allows you to explore your data with natural language right from the Azure Cosmos DB Data Explorer. Simply type a question or a prompt in the text box, and Copilot will use LLMs from Azure OpenAI Service to generate an Azure Cosmos DB NoSQL query for you.

As we move into Day 2 of Ignite, Robert from KPMG will be diving deeper into the design and deployment of KymChat in a discussion session on “Creating your own ChatGPT experience with enterprise data,” on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11:45 am PST/2:45 pm EST – don’t miss your chance to get a behind the scenes look at the solution and bring your questions to Robert and our panel of Azure Cosmos DB experts.

Both KPMG and Azure Cosmos DB’s newest AI capabilities will be highlighted in a keynote by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft EVP, Cloud + AI, on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9am PST/12pm EST. Tune in to hear how customers can use the same AI platform and services powering all of Microsoft’s solutions.

Those attending Ignite in person can catch an onsite demo of Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB Integrated Vector Database (DEM131), led by product experts Khelan Modi and Jayanta Mondal, on Nov. 16, at 1:15pm PST/4:15pm EST. Immediately after, join Mark Brown and the Azure Cosmos DB team in our lab (LAB723) on how to build a chat bot using Azure OpenAI Service, Azure Cosmos DB, and ASP .NET Blazor, on Nov. 16, 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST.

Azure AI Advantage

For developers looking to accelerate their AI apps with Azure Cosmos DB and Azure AI, we’re excited to launch the new Azure AI Advantage offer.

Azure AI services and GitHub Copilot customers interested in trying Azure Cosmos DB can now get 40,000 Request Units per second (RU/s) of Azure Cosmos DB for free for 90 days, the equivalent of up to $6,000 in savings for a customer.

To be eligible, the customers must:

  • Use Azure AI services and/or GitHub Copilot in their subscription
  • Create a new Azure Cosmos DB database account and enroll within 30 days

Learn more about the Azure AI Advantage offer and register.

Need some inspiration for what you can build with Azure Cosmos DB? Our Ignite breakout session kicked off with this new video, highlighting several use cases and how Azure Cosmos DB powers the apps you use on the daily!


Scaling power that won’t break the bank

Modern, intelligent apps need to be able to elastically scale up/down to meet highly variable traffic bursts. Azure Cosmos DB offers superior elasticity and scalability that uniquely addresses the requirements of these apps, and today we’re announcing an enhancement to our scaling capabilities: dynamic scaling per partition and per region (public preview). This new feature allows you to eliminate high costs from hot partitions. Rather than billing you for the highest RU/s the system scales to in the hour, dynamic partitions now bills you solely based on your consumption in each partition.

If you’re onsite at Ignite, don’t miss our live demo on dynamic scaling (DEM129), led by Azure Cosmos DB product expert Tara Bhatia, on Nov. 16, 11:45am PST/2:45pm EST.

To present a fantastic example of how using Azure Cosmos DB autoscale delivers business value, Bond Brand Loyalty, a customer experience and loyalty firm, joined us on stage at our breakout session at Ignite this year. Maria Pallante, EVP Technology Solutions at Bond, discussed how Bond is scaling their business to meet global demand, while maintaining security and privacy for their customers. Maria shared top tips for how to achieve optimal performance with Azure Cosmos DB while keeping costs in check.

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EVP Technology Solutions at Bond Brand Loyalty Maria Pallante talks about autoscaling with Azure Cosmos DB at Ignite, Nov. 15, 2023.


Additional announcements

Beyond the new capabilities we announced today at Ignite, our team is also excited to share the release this week of the following features to enhance developer productivity and improve performance:

Azure Cosmos DB migration for MongoDB extension in Azure Data Studio (public preview): Experience hassle-free transitions with offline migration support, ensuring a smooth move to the new Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore edition.

Azure Open AI “Use your data” integration with Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB vCore (public preview): Harness the power of Retrieval Augmented Generation and the integrated vector database effortlessly, bringing your data directly into your OpenAI models.

Priority-based execution (public preview): Prioritize critical requests during high traffic situations, potentially throttling lower priority ones to be retried according to your configured retry policy.

Azure Managed Instance for Apache Cassandra feature updates (public preview): Build next generation AI apps with vector search in Cassandra 5.0, handle major Cassandra upgrades seamlessly with turnkey major version upgrades, and more!

Cross-account container copy for Azure Cosmos DB for NoSQL (public preview): Seamlessly migrate data from one container to another across different Azure Cosmos DB accounts in offline mode. This includes the ability to migrate data between serverless and provisioned accounts.

Azure Cosmos DB Mirroring in Microsoft Fabric (private preview): Mirroring provides a modern way to access your Azure Cosmos DB databases in Microsoft Fabric, helping unify your data estate and eliminate data silos.


About Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Cosmos DB is a fully managed NoSQL and relational database service for modern app development with SLA-backed speed and availability, automatic and instant scalability, and support for open-source PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Apache Cassandra. Try Azure Cosmos DB for free here. To stay in the loop on Azure Cosmos DB updates, follow us on TwitterYouTube, and LinkedIn. 


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