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System Properties Comparison Amazon DynamoDB vs. Cassandra vs. ScyllaDB

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NameAmazon DynamoDB  Xexclude from comparisonCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonScyllaDB  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHosted, scalable database service by Amazon with the data stored in Amazons cloudWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessCassandra and DynamoDB compatible wide column store
Primary database modelDocument store
Key-value store
Wide column storeWide column store
Secondary database modelsKey-value store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score85.40
Rank#15  Overall
#2  Document stores
#2  Key-value stores
Score118.12
Rank#11  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score4.95
Rank#83  Overall
#8  Wide column stores
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­dynamodbcassandra.apache.orgwww.scylladb.com
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­dynamodbcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestdocs.scylladb.com
DeveloperAmazonApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookScyllaDB
Initial release201220082015
Current release4.0.7, October 2022ScyllaDB Open Source 5.0, July 2022
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infofree tier for a limited amount of database operationsOpen Source infoApache version 2Open Source infoOpen Source (AGPL), commercial license available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnono
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Implementation languageJavaC++
Server operating systemshostedBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
Linux
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeschema-free
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.nono
Secondary indexesyesrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solutionyes infocluster global secondary indices
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)SQL-like DML and DDL statements (CQL)
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIProprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
Proprietary protocol (CQL) infocompatible with CQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
RESTful HTTP API (DynamoDB compatible)
Thrift
Supported programming languages.Net
ColdFusion
Erlang
Groovy
Java
JavaScript
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
C#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
For CQL interface: C#, C++, Clojure, Erlang, Go, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Node.js, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Rust, Scala
For DynamoDB interface: .Net, ColdFusion, Erlang, Groovy, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnonoyes, Lua
Triggersyes infoby integration with AWS Lambdayesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingSharding infono "single point of failure"Sharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibleselectable 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)yesno
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 individually decided for each write operation
Eventual Consistency
Tunable Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
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 infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsno infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operations
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 infoin-memory tables
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and roles can be defined via the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)Access rights for users can be defined per objectAccess rights for users can be defined per object
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Amazon DynamoDBCassandraScyllaDB
Specific characteristicsApache Cassandra is the leading NoSQL, distributed database management system, well...
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ScyllaDB is a highly-available, highly-scalable, highly-performant NoSQL database....
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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Highly-performant (efficiently utilizes full resources of a node and network; millions...
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Typical application scenariosInternet of Things (IOT), fraud detection applications, recommendation engines, product...
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AdTech ( AdGear , AppMonet , Dstillery , FullContact , MediaMath , Numberly , SAS...
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Key customersApple, Netflix, Uber, ING,, Intuit,Fidelity, NY Times, Outbrain, BazaarVoice, Best...
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Comcast, Samsung, Medium, Disney+ Hotstar, Discord, Zillow, Expedia, Grab, OlaCabs,...
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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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ScyllaDB Open Source - free open source software (AGPL) ScyllaDB Enterprise - subscription-based...
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