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System Properties Comparison Cassandra vs. GeoMesa vs. NSDb

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NameCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonGeoMesa  Xexclude from comparisonNSDb  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessGeoMesa is a distributed spatio-temporal DBMS based on various systems as storage layer.Scalable, High-performance Time Series DBMS designed for Real-time Analytics on top of Kubernetes
Primary database modelWide column storeSpatial DBMSTime Series DBMS
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Score114.40
Rank#11  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score0.75
Rank#204  Overall
#3  Spatial DBMS
Score0.00
Rank#356  Overall
#32  Time Series DBMS
Websitecassandra.apache.orgwww.geomesa.orgnsdb.io
Technical documentationcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestwww.geomesa.org/­documentation/­stable/­user/­index.htmlnsdb.io/­Architecture
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookCCRi and others
Initial release200820142017
Current release4.0.4, May 20223.2.0, April 2021
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache version 2Open Source infoApache License 2.0Open Source infoApache Version 2.0
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageJavaScalaJava, Scala
Server operating systemsBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
Linux
macOS
Data schemeschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyes: int, bigint, decimal, string
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 solutionyesall fields are automatically indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)noSQL-like query language
APIs and other access methodsProprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
gRPC
HTTP REST
WebSocket
Supported programming languagesC#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Java
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnonono
Triggersyesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infono "single point of failure"depending on storage layerSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibledepending on storage layer
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesyesno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
depending on storage layerEventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsnono
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesUsing Apache Lucene
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.nodepending on storage layer
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users can be defined per objectyes infodepending on the DBMS used for storage
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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 metricsCassandra 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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