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System Properties Comparison Apache Drill vs. NSDb vs. Snowflake

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NameApache Drill  Xexclude from comparisonNSDb  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionSchema-free SQL Query Engine for Hadoop, NoSQL and Cloud StorageScalable, High-performance Time Series DBMS designed for Real-time Analytics on top of KubernetesCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelDocument store
Relational DBMS
Time Series DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score1.95
Rank#127  Overall
#23  Document stores
#60  Relational DBMS
Score0.00
Rank#383  Overall
#41  Time Series DBMS
Score121.33
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitedrill.apache.orgnsdb.iowww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationdrill.apache.org/­docsnsdb.io/­Architecturedocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperApache Software FoundationSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release201220172014
Current release1.20.3, January 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2Open Source infoApache Version 2.0commercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonoyes
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Implementation languageJava, Scala
Server operating systemsLinux
OS X
Windows
Linux
macOS
hosted
Data schemeschema-freeyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes: int, bigint, decimal, stringyes
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 indexesnoall fields are automatically indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL SELECT statement is SQL:2003 compliantSQL-like query languageyes
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
gRPC
HTTP REST
WebSocket
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC++Java
Scala
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsnouser defined functions
Triggersnono infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingShardingyes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemnoneEventual ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonoyes
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 sourceUsing Apache Luceneyes
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 sourceUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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