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DBMS > Amazon SimpleDB vs. Firebird vs. IBM Cloudant vs. STSdb

System Properties Comparison Amazon SimpleDB vs. Firebird vs. IBM Cloudant vs. STSdb

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NameAmazon SimpleDB  Xexclude from comparisonFirebird  Xexclude from comparisonIBM Cloudant  Xexclude from comparisonSTSdb  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 ScioreFirebird is an open source RDBMS forked from Borland's InterBaseDatabase as a Service offering based on Apache CouchDBKey-Value Store with special method for indexing infooptimized for high performance using a special indexing method
Primary database modelKey-value storeRelational DBMSDocument storeKey-value store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score2.20
Rank#117  Overall
#22  Key-value stores
Score27.58
Rank#30  Overall
#17  Relational DBMS
Score3.84
Rank#88  Overall
#15  Document stores
Score0.08
Rank#306  Overall
#45  Key-value stores
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­simpledbwww.firebirdsql.orgwww.ibm.com/­cloud/­cloudantgithub.com/­STSSoft/­STSdb4
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­simpledbwww.firebirdsql.org/­en/­reference-manualscloud.ibm.com/­docs/­Cloudant
DeveloperAmazonFirebird FoundationIBM, Apache Software Foundation infoIBM acquired Cloudant in February 2014STS Soft SC
Initial release20072000 infoAs fork of Borland's InterBase20102011
Current release4.0, June 20214.0.8, September 2015
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoInitial Developer's Public LicensecommercialOpen Source infoGPLv2, commercial license available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnoyesno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC and C++ErlangC#
Server operating systemshostedAIX
FreeBSD
HP-UX
Linux
OS X
server-less infoFirebird Embedded Server
Solaris
Unix
Windows
hostedWindows
Data schemeschema-freeyesschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or datenoyesnoyes infoprimitive types and user defined types (classes)
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 indexesyes infoAll columns are indexed automaticallyyesyesno
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoyesnono
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIADO.NET
C/C++ API
JDBC infoJaybird
ODBC
OLE DB
RESTful HTTP/JSON API.NET Client API
Supported programming languages.Net
C
C++
Erlang
Java
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C
C#
C++
Delphi
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Lua
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
C#
Java
JavaScript
Objective-C
PHP
Ruby
C#
Java
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnoPSQLView functions (Map-Reduce) in JavaScriptno
Triggersnoyesyesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnone infoSharding must be implemented in the applicationnoneShardingnone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesnone infoavailable via 3rd party productsMulti-source replication
Source-replica replication
none
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonoyesno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be specified for read operations
Eventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesnono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoConcurrent data updates can be detected by the applicationACIDno infoatomic operations within a document possibleno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes infoFeatures a multi-generational MVCC architecture, readers do not block writersyes infoOptimistic lockingyes
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.no
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users and roles can be defined via the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)Users with fine-grained authorization conceptAccess rights for users can be defined per databaseno

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