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DBMS > Citus vs. Couchbase vs. IRONdb vs. NuoDB

System Properties Comparison Citus vs. Couchbase vs. IRONdb vs. NuoDB

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NameCitus  Xexclude from comparisonCouchbase infoOriginally called Membase  Xexclude from comparisonIRONdb  Xexclude from comparisonNuoDB  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionScalable hybrid operational and analytics RDBMS for big data use cases based on PostgreSQLA distributed document store with a powerful search engine and in-built operational and analytical capabilitiesA distributed Time Series DBMS with a focus on scalability, fault tolerance and operational simplicityNuoDB is a webscale distributed database that supports SQL and ACID transactions
Primary database modelRelational DBMSDocument storeTime Series DBMSRelational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument storeKey-value store infooriginating from the former Membase product and supporting the Memcached protocol
Spatial DBMS infousing the Geocouch extension
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score2.34
Rank#125  Overall
#62  Relational DBMS
Score27.96
Rank#30  Overall
#5  Document stores
Score0.12
Rank#349  Overall
#34  Time Series DBMS
Score1.19
Rank#184  Overall
#87  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.citusdata.comwww.couchbase.comwww.circonus.com/­solutions/­time-series-databasenuodb.com
Technical documentationdocs.citusdata.comdocs.couchbase.comdocs.circonus.com/­irondbdoc.nuodb.com
DeveloperCouchbase, Inc.Circonus LLC.NuoDB, Inc.
Initial release2010201120172013
Current release8.1, December 2018Server: 7.0, July 2021; Mobile: 3, February 2022; Couchbase Capella, October 2021V0.10.20, January 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoAGPL, commercial license also availableOpen Source infoApache version 2; Commercial licenses also availablecommercialcommercial infolimited edition free
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenononono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Couchbase Capella: a fully managed database-as-a-service that eliminates database management efforts and reduces cost
Implementation languageCC, C++, Go and ErlangC and C++C++
Server operating systemsLinuxLinux
OS X
Windows
Linuxhosted infoAmazon EC2, Windows Azure, SoftLayer
Linux
OS X
Windows
Data schemeyesschema-freeschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes infoString, Boolean, Numberyes infotext, numeric, histogramsyes
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.yes infospecific XML type available, but no XML query functionalitynono
Secondary indexesyesyesnoyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infostandard, with numerous extensionsDeclarative query language (N1QL) that extends ANSI SQL to JSON. First commercial implementation of SQL++.SQL-like query language (Circonus Analytics Query Language: CAQL)yes
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
Native language bindings for CRUD, Query, Search and Analytics APIsHTTP APIADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languages.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
.Net
C
Go
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
.Net
C
C++
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
Lisp
Lua
Perl
PHP
Python
R
Ruby
Rust
Scala
.Net
C
C++
Go
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functions inforealized in proprietary language PL/pgSQL or with common languages like Perl, Python, Tcl etc.Functions and timers in JavaScriptyes, in LuaJava, SQL
Triggersyesyes infovia the TAP protocolnoyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingShardingAutomatic, metric affinity per nodedata is dynamically stored/cached on the nodes where it is read/written
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSource-replica replication infoother methods possible by using 3rd party extensionsMulti-source replication infoincluding cross data center replication
Source-replica replication
configurable replication factor, datacenter awareyes infoManaged transparently by NuoDB
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoyesnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infoselectable on a per-operation basis
Immediate consistency per node, eventual consistency across nodesImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesnonoyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACIDnoACID infotunable commit protocol
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyesyes infoMVCC
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.noyes infoEphemeral bucketsnoyes infoTemporary table
User concepts infoAccess controlfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardUser and Administrator separation with password-based and LDAP integrated AuthenticationnoStandard SQL roles/ privileges, Administrative Users
More information provided by the system vendor
CitusCouchbase infoOriginally called MembaseIRONdbNuoDB
Specific characteristicsDeveloped as an alternative to traditionally inflexible relational databases, Couchbase...
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Competitive advantagesCouchbase was architected with several differentiated capabilities: Shared-nothing,...
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Typical application scenariosCustomer 360 for user profile, session store and data aggregation (Comcast, Equifax,...
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Key customersAmadeus, AT&T, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Carrefour, Cisco, Comcast, Disney,...
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Market metricsNamed a leader in the Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q1 2019 Over 10M downloads...
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Licensing and pricing modelsThe Community Edition (CE) of Couchbase Server and Couchbase Mobile are available...
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