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System Properties Comparison Amazon Aurora vs. Cassandra vs. Snowflake

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NameAmazon Aurora  Xexclude from comparisonCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionMySQL and PostgreSQL compatible cloud service by AmazonWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSWide column storeRelational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score12.96
Rank#45  Overall
#29  Relational DBMS
Score117.95
Rank#11  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score106.72
Rank#13  Overall
#9  Relational DBMS
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­rds/­auroracassandra.apache.orgwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­AmazonRDS/­latest/­AuroraUserGuide/­CHAP_Aurora.htmlcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperAmazonApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release201520082014
Current release4.0.6, August 2022
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache version 2commercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnoyes
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Implementation languageJava
Server operating systemshostedBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
hosted
Data schemeyesschema-freeyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.yesnoyes
Secondary indexesyesrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solution
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)yes
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
Proprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesAda
C
C#
C++
D
Delphi
Eiffel
Erlang
Haskell
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Objective-C
OCaml
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scheme
Tcl
C#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesnouser defined functions
Triggersyesyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodeshorizontal partitioningSharding infono "single point of failure"yes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSource-replica replicationselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibleyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoyesno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Immediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesnoyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDno infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yesnono
User concepts infoAccess controlfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardAccess rights for users can be defined per objectUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication
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Amazon AuroraCassandraSnowflake
Specific characteristicsApache Cassandra is the leading NoSQL, distributed database management system, well...
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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Typical application scenariosInternet of Things (IOT), fraud detection applications, recommendation engines, product...
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Key customersApple, Netflix, Uber, ING,, Intuit,Fidelity, NY Times, Outbrain, BazaarVoice, Best...
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Market metricsCassandra is used by 40% of the Fortune 100.
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Licensing and pricing modelsApache license  Pricing for commercial distributions provided by DataStax and available...
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