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System Properties Comparison Apache Cassandra vs. Fauna vs. GeoMesa

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NameApache Cassandra  Xexclude from comparisonFauna infopreviously named FaunaDB  Xexclude from comparisonGeoMesa  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessFauna provides a web-native interface, with support for GraphQL and custom business logic that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the serverless ecosystem. The underlying globally distributed storage and compute platform is fast, consistent, and reliable, with a modern security infrastructure.GeoMesa is a distributed spatio-temporal DBMS based on various systems as storage layer.
Primary database modelWide column storeDocument store
Graph DBMS
Relational DBMS
Time Series DBMS
Spatial DBMS
Secondary database modelsVector DBMS infostarting with release V5
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Score99.13
Rank#12  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score1.48
Rank#150  Overall
#26  Document stores
#14  Graph DBMS
#68  Relational DBMS
#13  Time Series DBMS
Score0.80
Rank#208  Overall
#4  Spatial DBMS
Websitecassandra.apache.orgfauna.comwww.geomesa.org
Technical documentationcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestdocs.fauna.comwww.geomesa.org/­documentation/­stable/­user/­index.html
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookFauna, Inc.CCRi and others
Initial release200820142014
Current release5.0-rc1, July 20245.0.0, May 2024
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache version 2commercialOpen Source infoApache License 2.0
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesno
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Implementation languageJavaScalaScala
Server operating systemsBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
hosted
Data schemeschema-freeschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesnoyes
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.nonono
Secondary indexesrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solutionyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)nono
APIs and other access methodsProprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
RESTful HTTP API
Supported programming languagesC#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C#
Go
Java
JavaScript
Python
Ruby
Scala
Swift
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnouser defined functionsno
Triggersyesnono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infono "single point of failure"horizontal partitioning infoconsistent hashingdepending on storage layer
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibleMulti-source replicationdepending on storage layer
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnoyes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Immediate Consistencydepending on storage layer
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsACIDno
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.nonodepending on storage layer
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users can be defined per objectIdentity management, authentication, and access controlyes infodepending on the DBMS used for storage
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Apache CassandraFauna infopreviously named FaunaDBGeoMesa
Specific characteristicsApache Cassandra is the leading NoSQL, distributed database management system, well...
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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Typical application scenariosInternet of Things (IOT), fraud detection applications, recommendation engines, product...
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Key customersApple, Netflix, Uber, ING,, Intuit,Fidelity, NY Times, Outbrain, BazaarVoice, Best...
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Market metricsApache Cassandra is used by 40% of the Fortune 100.
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Licensing and pricing modelsApache license  Pricing for commercial distributions provided by DataStax and available...
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