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System Properties Comparison Amazon SimpleDB vs. Apache Drill vs. Snowflake

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NameAmazon SimpleDB  Xexclude from comparisonApache Drill  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHosted simple database service by Amazon, with the data stored in the Amazon Cloud. infoThere is an unrelated product called SimpleDB developed by Edward ScioreSchema-free SQL Query Engine for Hadoop, NoSQL and Cloud StorageCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelKey-value storeDocument store
Relational DBMS
Relational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score1.85
Rank#138  Overall
#24  Key-value stores
Score1.95
Rank#127  Overall
#23  Document stores
#60  Relational DBMS
Score121.33
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­simpledbdrill.apache.orgwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­simpledbdrill.apache.org/­docsdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperAmazonApache Software FoundationSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release200720122014
Current release1.20.3, January 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache Version 2commercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnoyes
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Server operating systemshostedLinux
OS X
Windows
hosted
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or datenoyesyes
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.noyes
Secondary indexesyes infoAll columns are indexed automaticallyno
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL SELECT statement is SQL:2003 compliantyes
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIJDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languages.Net
C
C++
Erlang
Java
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C++JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnouser defined functionsuser defined functions
Triggersnonono infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnone infoSharding must be implemented in the applicationShardingyes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoyesno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be specified for read operations
noneImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonoyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoConcurrent data updates can be detected by the applicationnoACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesDepending on the underlying data sourceyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.Depending on the underlying data sourceno
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and roles can be defined via the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)Depending on the underlying data sourceUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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