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System Properties Comparison Apache Drill vs. Coveo vs. Snowflake

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NameApache Drill  Xexclude from comparisonCoveo  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionSchema-free SQL Query Engine for Hadoop, NoSQL and Cloud StorageAI-powered hosted search, recommendation and personalization platform providing tools for both low-code and full-code developmentCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelDocument store
Relational DBMS
Search engineRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score1.95
Rank#127  Overall
#23  Document stores
#60  Relational DBMS
Score2.28
Rank#114  Overall
#11  Search engines
Score121.33
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitedrill.apache.orgwww.coveo.comwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationdrill.apache.org/­docsdocs.coveo.comdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperApache Software FoundationCoveoSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release201220122014
Current release1.20.3, January 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2commercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesyes
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Server operating systemsLinux
OS X
Windows
hostedhosted
Data schemeschema-freehybrid - fields need to be configured prior to indexing, but relationships can be exploited at query time without pre-configurationyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
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.nonoyes
Secondary indexesnoyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL SELECT statement is SQL:2003 compliantnoyes
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
RESTful HTTP APICLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC++C#
Java
JavaScript
Python
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsnouser defined functions
Triggersnoyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingyesyes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemnoneImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanoyesACID
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 sourceno
User concepts infoAccess controlDepending on the underlying data sourcegranular access controls, API key management, content filtersUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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