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System Properties Comparison Amazon DocumentDB vs. Cassandra vs. IRONdb

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NameAmazon DocumentDB  Xexclude from comparisonCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonIRONdb  Xexclude from comparison
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DescriptionFast, scalable, highly available, and fully managed MongoDB-compatible database serviceWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessA distributed Time Series DBMS with a focus on scalability, fault tolerance and operational simplicity
Primary database modelDocument storeWide column storeTime Series DBMS
Secondary database modelsVector DBMS infostarting with release V5
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score1.91
Rank#131  Overall
#24  Document stores
Score98.83
Rank#12  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­documentdbcassandra.apache.orgwww.circonus.com/solutions/time-series-database/
Technical documentationaws.amazon.com/­documentdb/­resourcescassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestdocs.circonus.com/irondb/category/getting-started
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookCirconus LLC.
Initial release201920082017
Current release4.1.3, July 2023V0.10.20, January 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache version 2commercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnono
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Implementation languageJavaC and C++
Server operating systemshostedBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
Linux
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes infotext, numeric, histograms
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.nonono
Secondary indexesyesrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solutionno
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)SQL-like query language (Circonus Analytics Query Language: CAQL)
APIs and other access methodsproprietary protocol using JSON (MongoDB compatible)Proprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
HTTP API
Supported programming languagesGo
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
C#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
.Net
C
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
Lisp
Lua
Perl
PHP
Python
R
Ruby
Rust
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnonoyes, in Lua
Triggersnoyesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneSharding infono "single point of failure"Automatic, metric affinity per node
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 possibleconfigurable replication factor, datacenter aware
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno infomay be implemented via Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR)yesno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Immediate consistency per node, eventual consistency across nodes
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityno infotypically not used, however similar functionality with DBRef possiblenono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataAtomic single-document operationsno infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsno
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.nono
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and rolesAccess rights for users can be defined per objectno
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Amazon DocumentDBCassandraIRONdb
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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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