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System Properties Comparison Apache Kylin vs. Snowflake vs. StarRocks

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NameApache Kylin  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparisonStarRocks  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA distributed analytics engine for big data, providing a SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) and leveraging the Hadoop stackCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured dataAn open source, high-performance columnar analytical database that enables real-time, multi-dimensional, and highly concurrent data analytics infoForked from Apache Doris
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score1.25
Rank#170  Overall
#77  Relational DBMS
Score130.36
Rank#8  Overall
#5  Relational DBMS
Score0.93
Rank#198  Overall
#93  Relational DBMS
Websitekylin.apache.orgwww.snowflake.comwww.starrocks.io
Technical documentationkylin.apache.org/­docsdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.htmldocs.starrocks.io/­en-us/­latest/­introduction/­StarRocks_intro
DeveloperApache Software Foundation, originally contributed from eBay IncSnowflake Computing Inc.The Linux Foundation infosince Feb 2023
Initial release201520142020
Current release3.1.0, July 20203.3, June 2024
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2.0commercialOpen Source infoApache Version 2.0
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageJavaC++, Java
Server operating systemsLinuxhostedLinux
Data schemeyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)yes
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.noyesno
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLANSI SQL for queries (using Apache Calcite)yesyes
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
JDBC
MySQL protocol
Supported programming languagesJavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Java
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsuser defined functions
Triggersno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resourcesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesyeshorizontal partitioning (by range and hash)
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 systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDno
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.nonono
User concepts infoAccess controlUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authenticationRole based access control and fine grained access rights

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