With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to remember that it is always better to give than to receive. This year, the Azure Cosmos DB team is doing just that, and giving us a ton – in the form of the Cosmos DB 30 day trial. But this isn’t just a single 30 day trial, it’s renewable unlimited times!
Now you can create a Cosmos DB container and make use of any Azure Cosmos DB features you like (including geo-replication to up to 3 regions) for 30 days for free. Once the trial ends, your database will be deleted, however you can immediately create another trial, re-load your data, and get back to experimenting and learning Cosmos DB!
Azure Cosmos DB has long offered the desktop emulator, which is great for getting familiar with the APIs and doing basic development, but there comes a point where the real cloud-based product is necessary to continue learning. And now you don’t even need to pull out your credit card to get access to the Cosmos DB service!
In short, the emulator is a great way to start, but if you’d like to get a feel for Cosmos DB in the cloud, make use of the 30 day trial. And if you need more than 30 days, sign up for it over and over again! For detailed instructions on how to sign up for the 30 day trial, see the announcement blog post.