Azure Cosmos DB: Geospatial indexing and query support

20. august 2015

The latest Azure Cosmos DB service update includes support for automatic indexing of geospatial data. It also includes SQL support for performing proximity queries stored in Azure Cosmos DB. The updates are specifically:

  • New index type: Spatial
  • New SQL built-in functions: ST_DISTANCE, ST_WITHIN, ST_ISVALID, and ST_ISVALIDDETAILED

New releases of the .NET, Node.js, Java, JavaScript, and Python SDKs support creating and modifying indexing policies with the spatial index type. The .NET SDK release 1.4.0 adds new types for representing points and polygons, and new LINQ query operators for performing spatial queries. To learn more, you can:

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