Microsoft is launching Try Azure Cosmos DB for free. This experience allows anyone to use Azure Cosmos DB, with no Azure sign up required and at no charge for a limited time.
Launched back at Build 2017, Azure Cosmos DB is the first globally distributed, massively scalable, multi-model database service, designed to allow customers to elastically and horizontally scale both throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions with <10 ms latencies at the 99th percentile.
Why did we launch Try Cosmos DB for free? It’s simple. 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. 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.
How to get started with Azure Cosmos DB for free
1. Go to Try Azure Cosmos DB for free page.
2. Pick the API/data model of your choice either SQL (DocumentDB), MongoDB, Table or Gremlin (Graph) API, and click Create. Note, you will need to login using a Microsoft Account (a.k.a. Live ID).
In seconds, you will have your newly created free Azure Cosmos DB account with an invite to open it in the Azure portal and try out our Quick Starts.
3. Click Open in Azure Portal, which will navigate the browser to the newly created free Azure Cosmos DB account with Quick Starts page open.
4. Follow the Quick Starts to get a running app connected to Azure Cosmos DB in under 30 seconds or proceed exploring the service on your own.
When in the portal, you will be reminded how long you have before your account expires.
You can extend the trial period for another 24 hours, or click on the link to sign up for a Free Trial (if you are new to Azure) or create a new Azure Cosmos DB account if you already have a subscription.
With Try Azure Cosmos DB for free, you can create a container (a collection of documents, a table, or a graph) and globally-distribute it to up to 3 regions, and use any of the capabilities Azure Cosmos DB provides for 24 hours. Once the trial expires, you can always come back and create it all over again.