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DBMS > Amazon DynamoDB vs. Citus vs. CrateDB vs. IBM Cloudant

System Properties Comparison Amazon DynamoDB vs. Citus vs. CrateDB vs. IBM Cloudant

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NameAmazon DynamoDB  Xexclude from comparisonCitus  Xexclude from comparisonCrateDB  Xexclude from comparisonIBM Cloudant  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHosted, scalable database service by Amazon with the data stored in Amazons cloudScalable hybrid operational and analytics RDBMS for big data use cases based on PostgreSQLDistributed Date Store based on LuceneDatabase as a Service offering based on Apache CouchDB
Primary database modelDocument store
Key-value store
Relational DBMSRelational DBMS
Search engine
Document store
Secondary database modelsDocument storeDocument store
Time Series DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score84.46
Rank#16  Overall
#2  Document stores
#2  Key-value stores
Score1.77
Rank#135  Overall
#65  Relational DBMS
Score0.97
Rank#178  Overall
#86  Relational DBMS
#13  Search engines
Score3.47
Rank#95  Overall
#17  Document stores
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­dynamodbwww.citusdata.comcrate.iowww.ibm.com/­cloud/­cloudant
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­dynamodbdocs.citusdata.comcrate.io/­docscloud.ibm.com/­docs/­Cloudant
DeveloperAmazonCrateIBM, Apache Software Foundation infoIBM acquired Cloudant in February 2014
Initial release2012201020132010
Current release8.1, December 2018
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infofree tier for a limited amount of database operationsOpen Source infoAGPL, commercial license also availableOpen Sourcecommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnonoyes
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageCJavaErlang
Server operating systemshostedLinuxAll OS with a Java 7 (and higher) VMhosted
Data schemeschema-freeyesFlexible Schema (defined schema, partial schema, schema free)schema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyesno
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.yes infospecific XML type available, but no XML query functionalitynono
Secondary indexesyesyesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoyes infostandard, with numerous extensionsyes, but no triggers and constraintsno
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
ADO.NET infocommunity maintained client
JDBC
MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport)
PostgreSQL wire protocol
Prometheus Remote Read/Write
RESTful HTTP API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
Supported programming languages.Net
ColdFusion
Erlang
Groovy
Java
JavaScript
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
Erlang
Go infocommunity maintained client
Java
JavaScript (Node.js) infocommunity maintained client
Perl infocommunity maintained client
PHP
Python
Ruby infocommunity maintained client
Scala infocommunity maintained client
C#
Java
JavaScript
Objective-C
PHP
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnouser defined functions inforealized in proprietary language PL/pgSQL or with common languages like Perl, Python, Tcl etc.user defined functionsView functions (Map-Reduce) in JavaScript
Triggersyes infoby integration with AWS Lambdayesnoyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingShardingShardingSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesSource-replica replication infoother methods possible by using 3rd party extensionsselectable replication factorMulti-source replication
Source-replica replication
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno infomay be implemented via Amazon Elastic MapReduce (Amazon EMR)nonoyes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be specified for read operations
Immediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Read Your Own Writes Consistency infofor primary key lookups
Eventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesnono
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 regionACIDno infounique row identifiers can be used for implementing an optimistic concurrency control strategyno infoatomic operations within a document possible
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyesyes infoOptimistic locking
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.nonono
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and roles can be defined via the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)fine grained access rights according to SQL-standardrights management via user accountsAccess rights for users can be defined per database
More information provided by the system vendor
Amazon DynamoDBCitusCrateDBIBM Cloudant
Specific characteristicsCrateDB is an open source distributed SQL database that spreads data and processing...
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Competitive advantagesCrateDB is typically used in operational analytics applications, particularly those...
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Typical application scenariosCrateDB is ideal for integrating and analyzing streams of data--often machine-generated--in...
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Key customersCrateDB customers include McAfee, Qualtrics , Nokia, NBC Golfnow , Digital Domain...
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Market metricsThe CrateDB open source project was started in 2014. CrateDB was the winner of TechCrunch...
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Licensing and pricing modelsCrateDB pricing CrateDB Community Edition is open source and free to use under the...
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