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DBMS > Amazon DynamoDB vs. Amazon SimpleDB vs. Fauna

System Properties Comparison Amazon DynamoDB vs. Amazon SimpleDB vs. Fauna

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NameAmazon DynamoDB  Xexclude from comparisonAmazon SimpleDB  Xexclude from comparisonFauna  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHosted, scalable database service by Amazon with the data stored in Amazons cloudHosted simple database service by Amazon, with the data stored in the Amazon Cloud. infoThere is an unrelated product called SimpleDB developed by Edward ScioreFauna (previously named FaunaDB) provides a web-native interface, with support for GraphQL and custom business logic that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the serverless ecosystem. The underlying globally distributed storage and compute platform is fast, consistent, and reliable, with a modern security infrastructure.
Primary database modelDocument store
Key-value store
Key-value storeDocument store
Graph DBMS
Relational DBMS
Time Series DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score75.20
Rank#16  Overall
#2  Document stores
#2  Key-value stores
Score2.19
Rank#114  Overall
#22  Key-value stores
Score1.74
Rank#129  Overall
#21  Document stores
#12  Graph DBMS
#62  Relational DBMS
#9  Time Series DBMS
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­dynamodbaws.amazon.com/­simpledbfauna.com
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­dynamodbdocs.aws.amazon.com/­simpledbdocs.fauna.com
DeveloperAmazonAmazonFauna, Inc.
Initial release201220072014
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infofree tier for a limited amount of database operationscommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesyesyes
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageScala
Server operating systemshostedhostedhosted
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesnono
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.no
Secondary indexesyesyes infoAll columns are indexed automaticallyyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLnonono
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIRESTful HTTP APIRESTful HTTP API
Supported programming languages.Net
ColdFusion
Erlang
Groovy
Java
JavaScript
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
.Net
C
C++
Erlang
Java
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C#
Go
Java
JavaScript
Python
Ruby
Scala
Swift
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnonouser defined functions
Triggersyes infoby integration with AWS Lambdanono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingnone infoSharding must be implemented in the applicationhorizontal partitioning infoconsistent hashing
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesyesMulti-source replication
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno infomay be implemented via Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR)nono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be specified for read operations
Eventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be specified for read operations
Immediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonoyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID infoACID across one or more tables within a single AWS account and regionno infoConcurrent data updates can be detected by the applicationACID
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.no
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and roles can be defined via the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)Access rights for users and roles can be defined via the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)Identity management, authentication, and access control
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Specific characteristicsServerless database delivered as an API Web-native security model with attribute...
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Competitive advantages100% serverless , no connection pooling bottlenecks, or cold starts unlike legacy...
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Typical application scenariosJavascript apps Serverless backends for microservices Cloud-native apps B2B and B2C...
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Key customersShiftX
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Licensing and pricing modelsUsage-based pricing including a free tier
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