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System Properties Comparison Amazon DocumentDB vs. Cassandra

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NameAmazon DocumentDB  Xexclude from comparisonCassandra  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionFast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed MongoDB-compatible database serviceWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write access
Primary database modelDocument storeWide column store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score1.90
Rank#148  Overall
#24  Document stores
Score116.22
Rank#11  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­documentdbcassandra.apache.org
Technical documentationaws.amazon.com/­documentdb/­resourcescassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latest
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by Facebook
Initial release20192008
Current release4.1.0, December 2022
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache version 2
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesno
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Implementation languageJava
Server operating systemshostedBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
Data schemeschema-freeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
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.nono
Secondary indexesyesrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solution
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)
APIs and other access methodsproprietary protocol using JSON (MongoDB compatible)Proprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
Supported programming languagesGo
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
C#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnono
Triggersnoyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneSharding infono "single point of failure"
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMulti-availability zones for high availability, asynchronous replication for up to 15 read replicasselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possible
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno infomay be implemented via Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR)yes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityno infotypically not used, however similar functionality with DBRef possibleno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataAtomic single-document operationsno infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operations
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and rolesAccess rights for users can be defined per object
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Amazon DocumentDBCassandra
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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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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