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System Properties Comparison Amazon CloudSearch vs. Apache Impala vs. Solr

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NameAmazon CloudSearch  Xexclude from comparisonApache Impala  Xexclude from comparisonSolr  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA hosted search engine service by Amazon with the data stored in Amazons cloudAnalytic DBMS for HadoopA widely used distributed, scalable search engine based on Apache Lucene
Primary database modelSearch engineRelational DBMSSearch engine
Secondary database modelsDocument storeSpatial DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score1.87
Rank#140  Overall
#12  Search engines
Score14.03
Rank#40  Overall
#24  Relational DBMS
Score44.28
Rank#24  Overall
#3  Search engines
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­cloudsearchimpala.apache.orgsolr.apache.org
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­cloudsearchimpala.apache.org/­impala-docs.htmlsolr.apache.org/­resources.html
DeveloperAmazonApache Software Foundation infoApache top-level project, originally developed by ClouderaApache Software Foundation
Initial release201220132006
Current release4.1.0, June 20229.5.0, February 2024
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache Version 2Open Source infoApache Version 2
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnono
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Implementation languageC++Java
Server operating systemshostedLinuxAll OS with a Java VM inforuns as a servlet in servlet container (e.g. Tomcat, Jetty is included)
Data schemeyesyesyes infoDynamic Fields enables on-the-fly addition of new fields
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes infosupports customizable data types and automatic typing
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.noyes
Secondary indexesyes infoall search fields are automatically indexedyesyes infoAll search fields are automatically indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL-like DML and DDL statementsSolr Parallel SQL Interface
APIs and other access methodsHTTP APIJDBC
ODBC
Java API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
Supported programming languagesAll languages supporting JDBC/ODBC.Net
Erlang
Java
JavaScript
any language that supports sockets and either XML or JSON
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnoyes infouser defined functions and integration of map-reduceJava plugins
Triggersnonoyes infoUser configurable commands triggered on index changes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesyes infoautomatic partitioning across Amazon Search Instance as requiredShardingSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes infomanaged transparently by AWSselectable replication factoryes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoyes infoquery execution via MapReducespark-solr: github.com/­lucidworks/­spark-solr and streaming expressions to reduce
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanonooptimistic locking
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.noyes
User concepts infoAccess controlauthentication via encrypted signaturesAccess rights for users, groups and roles infobased on Apache Sentry and Kerberosyes

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