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System Properties Comparison Cassandra vs. Grakn vs. Newts vs. Sphinx

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NameCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonGrakn  Xexclude from comparisonNewts  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessGrakn is a distributed, hyper-relational database for managing complex data that serves as a knowledge base for cognitive/AI systems.Time Series DBMS based on CassandraOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelWide column storeGraph DBMS
Relational DBMS infoOften described as a 'hyper-relational' database, since it implements the 'Entity-Relationship Paradigm' to manage complex data structures and ontologies.
Time Series DBMSSearch engine
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score120.95
Rank#11  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score0.49
Rank#207  Overall
#17  Graph DBMS
#100  Relational DBMS
Score0.02
Rank#325  Overall
#30  Time Series DBMS
Score6.69
Rank#51  Overall
#5  Search engines
Websitecassandra.apache.orggrakn.aiopennms.github.io/­newtssphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestdev.grakn.ai/­docsgithub.com/­OpenNMS/­newts/­wikisphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookGrakn LabsOpenNMS GroupSphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release2008201620142001
Current release3.11.6, February 20201.6.2, January 20203.1.1, October 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache version 2Open Source infoGPL Version 3, commercial licenses availableOpen Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenononono
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Implementation languageJavaJavaJavaC++
Server operating systemsBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
Linux
OS X
Windows
Linux
OS X
Windows
FreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeschema-freeyesschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyesno
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 solutionyesnoyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)nonoSQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methodsProprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
console (shell)
gRPC protocol
Workbase (visualisation software)
HTTP REST
Java API
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languagesC#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
All JVM based languages
Groovy
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Scala
JavaC++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnononono
Triggersyesnonono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infono "single point of failure"Sharding infoby using CassandraSharding infobased on CassandraSharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibleMaster-master replication infoby using Cassandraselectable replication factor infobased on Cassandranone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesyes infoby using Apache Kafka and Apache Zookeepernono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Immediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency infobased on Cassandra
Immediate Consistency infobased on Cassandra
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynono infosubstituted by the relationship featurenono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsACIDnono
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyesyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.nonono
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users can be defined per objectyes infoat REST API level; other APIs in progressnono
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CassandraGraknNewtsSphinx
Specific characteristicsApache Cassandra is the leading NoSQL, distributed database management system, well...
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Grakn is the knowledge graph to organise complex networks of data and making it queryable,...
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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Expressive and flexible data model: The meta-schema of Grakn allows for modelling...
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Typical application scenariosInternet of Things (IOT), fraud detection applications, recommendation engines, product...
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Life sciences : Grakn makes working with biological data much easier and accelerates...
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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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AGPL and Commercial . The commercial license is priced based on cluster resources...
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