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System Properties Comparison Cassandra vs. Kinetica vs. ScyllaDB

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NameCassandra  Xexclude from comparisonKinetica  Xexclude from comparisonScyllaDB  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionWide-column store based on ideas of BigTable and DynamoDB infoOptimized for write accessFully vectorized database across both GPUs and CPUsCassandra and DynamoDB compatible wide column store
Primary database modelWide column storeRelational DBMSWide column store
Secondary database modelsSpatial DBMS
Time Series DBMS
Key-value store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score116.22
Rank#11  Overall
#1  Wide column stores
Score0.56
Rank#269  Overall
#123  Relational DBMS
Score5.63
Rank#77  Overall
#8  Wide column stores
Websitecassandra.apache.orgwww.kinetica.comwww.scylladb.com
Technical documentationcassandra.apache.org/­doc/­latestwww.kinetica.com/­docsdocs.scylladb.com
DeveloperApache Software Foundation infoApache top level project, originally developped by FacebookKineticaScyllaDB
Initial release200820122015
Current release4.1.0, December 20227.1, August 2021ScyllaDB Open Source 5.0, July 2022
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache version 2commercialOpen Source infoOpen Source (AGPL), commercial license available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
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Implementation languageJavaC, C++C++
Server operating systemsBSD
Linux
OS X
Windows
LinuxLinux
Data schemeschema-freeyesschema-free
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.nonono
Secondary indexesrestricted infoonly equality queries, not always the best performing solutionyesyes infocluster global secondary indices
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like SELECT, DML and DDL statements (CQL)SQL-like DML and DDL statementsSQL-like DML and DDL statements (CQL)
APIs and other access methodsProprietary protocol infoCQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
Thrift
JDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
Proprietary protocol (CQL) infocompatible with CQL (Cassandra Query Language, an SQL-like language)
RESTful HTTP API (DynamoDB compatible)
Thrift
Supported programming languagesC#
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C++
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
For CQL interface: C#, C++, Clojure, Erlang, Go, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Node.js, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Rust, Scala
For DynamoDB interface: .Net, ColdFusion, Erlang, Groovy, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnouser defined functionsyes, Lua
Triggersyesyes infotriggers when inserted values for one or more columns fall within a specified rangeno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infono "single point of failure"ShardingSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possibleSource-replica replicationselectable replication factor infoRepresentation of geographical distribution of servers is possible
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Immediate Consistency or Eventual Consistency depending on configurationEventual Consistency
Tunable Consistency infocan be individually decided for each write operation
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operationsnono infoAtomicity and isolation are supported for single operations
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.noyes infoGPU vRAM or System RAMyes infoin-memory tables
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users can be defined per objectAccess rights for users and roles on table levelAccess rights for users can be defined per object
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Specific characteristicsApache Cassandra is the leading NoSQL, distributed database management system, well...
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Native and fully vectorized database across both GPUs and CPUs, with memory first...
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Competitive advantagesNo single point of failure ensures 100% availability . Operational simplicity for...
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Best in class geospatial and temporal analytics. Lockless architecture provides real-time...
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Typical application scenariosInternet of Things (IOT), fraud detection applications, recommendation engines, product...
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Any application requiring (1) real time insights, (2) time series analysis (3) geospatial...
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Key customersApple, Netflix, Uber, ING,, Intuit,Fidelity, NY Times, Outbrain, BazaarVoice, Best...
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Citibank, US Air Force, Softbank, OVO, Telkomsel, USPS, 2 of the top 3 US Telcos,...
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Market metricsCassandra is used by 40% of the Fortune 100.
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The largest IoT deployment in the world, NORAD, runs on Kinetica.
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Licensing and pricing modelsApache license  Pricing for commercial distributions provided by DataStax and available...
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Always Free Tier in the Cloud, Pay-As-You-Go Consumption Based Pricing, and Portable...
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