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System Properties Comparison Amazon SimpleDB vs. Cassandra vs. NuoDB

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NameAmazon SimpleDB  Xexclude from comparisonCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonNuoDB  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 ScioreWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessNuoDB is a webscale distributed database that supports SQL and ACID transactions
Primary database modelKey-value storeWide column storeRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score2.70
Rank#97  Overall
#18  Key-value stores
Score125.72
Rank#10  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score1.02
Rank#145  Overall
#72  Relational DBMS
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­simpledbcassandra.apache.orgwww.nuodb.com
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­simpledbcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestdoc.nuodb.com
DeveloperAmazonApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookNuoDB, Inc.
Initial release200720082013
Current release3.11.4, February 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache version 2commercial infolimited edition free
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnono
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Implementation languageJavaC++
Server operating systemshostedBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
hosted infoAmazon EC2, Windows Azure, SoftLayer
Linux
OS X
Windows
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeyes
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.nono
Secondary indexesyes infoAll columns are indexed automaticallyrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solutionyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)yes
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIProprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
Supported programming languages.Net
C
C++
Erlang
Java
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
.Net
C
C++
Go
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnonoJava, SQL
Triggersnoyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnone infoSharding must be implemented in the applicationSharding infono "single point of failure"data is dynamically stored/cached on the nodes where it is read/written
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibleyes infoManaged transparently by NuoDB
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
Eventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Immediate 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 applicationno infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsACID infotunable commit protocol
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes infoMVCC
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 infoTemporary table
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 objectStandard SQL roles/ privileges, Administrative Users
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Specific characteristicsApache Cassandra is the leading NoSQL, distributed database management system, well...
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Horizontal scale-out, continuous availability, multi-tenant support, ANSI SQL compatible,...
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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NuoDB is a scale-out SQL RDBMS based on a Durable Distributed Caching (DDC) architecture....
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Typical application scenariosInternet of Things (IOT), fraud detection applications, recommendation engines, product...
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Operational / OLTP database workloads in data centers or public clouds
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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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Fast growing commercial and enterprise customer base IDC Innovators: Dynamically...
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Licensing and pricing modelsApache license  Pricing for commercial distributions provided by DataStax and available...
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Subscription-based pricing with free community edition and commercial enterprise...
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