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System Properties Comparison Apache Drill vs. ClickHouse vs. Couchbase

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NameApache Drill  Xexclude from comparisonClickHouse  Xexclude from comparisonCouchbase infoOriginally called Membase  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionSchema-free SQL Query Engine for Hadoop, NoSQL and Cloud StorageA high-performance, column-oriented SQL DBMS for online analytical processing (OLAP) that uses all available system resources to their full potential to process each analytical query as fast as possible. It is available as both an open-source software and a cloud offering.A distributed document store with integrated cache, a powerful search engine, in-built operational and analytical capabilities, and an embedded mobile database
Primary database modelDocument store
Relational DBMS
Relational DBMSDocument store
Secondary database modelsTime Series DBMSKey-value store infooriginating from the former Membase product and supporting the Memcached protocol
Spatial DBMS infousing the Geocouch extension
Search engine
Time Series DBMS
Vector DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score1.95
Rank#124  Overall
#22  Document stores
#58  Relational DBMS
Score15.17
Rank#37  Overall
#22  Relational DBMS
Score16.41
Rank#36  Overall
#5  Document stores
Websitedrill.apache.orgclickhouse.comwww.couchbase.com
Technical documentationdrill.apache.org/­docsclickhouse.com/­docsdocs.couchbase.com
DeveloperApache Software FoundationClickhouse Inc.Couchbase, Inc.
Initial release201220162011
Current release1.20.3, January 2023v24.6.2.17-stable, July 2024Server: 7.2, June 2023; Mobile: 3.1, March 2022; Couchbase Capella (DBaaS), June 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2Open Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoBusiness Source License (BSL 1.1); Commercial licenses also available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageC++C, C++, Go and Erlang
Server operating systemsLinux
OS X
Windows
FreeBSD
Linux
macOS
Linux
OS X
Windows
Data schemeschema-freeyesschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes
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 indexesnoyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL SELECT statement is SQL:2003 compliantClose to ANSI SQL (SQL/JSON + extensions)SQL++, extends ANSI SQL to JSON for operational, transactional, and analytic use cases
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
gRPC
HTTP REST
JDBC
MySQL wire protocol
ODBC
PostgreSQL wire protocol
Proprietary protocol
CLI Client
HTTP REST
Kafka Connector
Native language bindings for CRUD, Query, Search and Analytics APIs
Spark Connector
Spring Data
Supported programming languagesC++C# info3rd party library
C++
Elixir info3rd party library
Go info3rd party library
Java info3rd party library
JavaScript (Node.js) info3rd party library
Kotlin info3rd party library
Nim info3rd party library
Perl info3rd party library
PHP info3rd party library
Python info3rd party library
R info3rd party library
Ruby info3rd party library
Rust
Scala info3rd party library
.Net
C
Go
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Kotlin
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsyesFunctions and timers in JavaScript and UDFs in Java, Python, SQL++
Triggersnonoyes infovia the TAP protocol
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingkey based and customAutomatic Sharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesAsynchronous and synchronous physical replication; geographically distributed replicas; support for object storages.Multi-source replication infoincluding cross data center replication
Source-replica replication
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnoyes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemnoneImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infoselectable on a per-operation basis
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanonoACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentDepending on the underlying data sourceyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.Depending on the underlying data sourceyesyes infoEphemeral buckets
User concepts infoAccess controlDepending on the underlying data sourceAccess rights for users and roles. Column and row based policies. Quotas and resource limits. Pluggable authentication with LDAP and Kerberos. Password based, X.509 certificate, and SSH key authentication.User and Administrator separation with password-based and LDAP integrated Authentication. Role-base access control.

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