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System Properties Comparison Amazon SimpleDB vs. Greenplum vs. Postgres-XL

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NameAmazon SimpleDB  Xexclude from comparisonGreenplum  Xexclude from comparisonPostgres-XL  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 ScioreAnalytic Database platform built on PostgreSQL. Full name is Pivotal Greenplum Database infoA logical database in Greenplum is an array of individual PostgreSQL databases working together to present a single database image.Based on PostgreSQL enhanced with MPP and write-scale-out cluster features
Primary database modelKey-value storeRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Spatial DBMS
Document store
Spatial DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score1.88
Rank#133  Overall
#23  Key-value stores
Score8.08
Rank#48  Overall
#31  Relational DBMS
Score0.53
Rank#254  Overall
#117  Relational DBMS
Websiteaws.amazon.com/­simpledbgreenplum.orgwww.postgres-xl.org
Technical documentationdocs.aws.amazon.com/­simpledbdocs.greenplum.orgwww.postgres-xl.org/­documentation
DeveloperAmazonPivotal Software Inc.
Initial release200720052014 infosince 2012, originally named StormDB
Current release7.0.0, September 202310 R1, October 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoMozilla public license
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnono
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Implementation languageC
Server operating systemshostedLinuxLinux
macOS
Data schemeschema-freeyesyes
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.yes infosince Version 4.2yes infoXML type, but no XML query functionality
Secondary indexesyes infoAll columns are indexed automaticallyyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoyesyes infodistributed, parallel query execution
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIJDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
Supported programming languages.Net
C
C++
Erlang
Java
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C
Java
Perl
Python
R
.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Erlang
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnoyesuser defined functions
Triggersnoyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnone infoSharding must be implemented in the applicationShardinghorizontal partitioning
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesSource-replica replication
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
Immediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoConcurrent data updates can be detected by the applicationACIDACID infoMVCC
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.nono
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-standardfine grained access rights according to SQL-standard

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