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System Properties Comparison Couchbase vs. CrateDB vs. Neo4j vs. Riak TS

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NameCouchbase infoOriginally called Membase  Xexclude from comparisonCrateDB  Xexclude from comparisonNeo4j  Xexclude from comparisonRiak TS  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionJSON-based document store derived from CouchDB with a Memcached-compatible interfaceDistributed Date Store based on LuceneScalable, ACID-compliant graph database designed with a high-performance distributed cluster architecture, available in self-hosted and cloud offeringsRiak TS is a distributed NoSQL database optimized for time series data and based on Riak KV
Primary database modelDocument storeRelational DBMS
Search engine
Graph DBMSTime Series DBMS
Secondary database modelsKey-value store infooriginating from the former Membase product and supporting the Memcached protocol
Spatial DBMS infousing the Geocouch extension
Document store
Time Series DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score27.68
Rank#29  Overall
#4  Document stores
Score0.90
Rank#186  Overall
#91  Relational DBMS
#11  Search engines
Score57.63
Rank#18  Overall
#1  Graph DBMS
Score0.26
Rank#276  Overall
#21  Time Series DBMS
Websitewww.couchbase.comcrate.ioneo4j.comriak.com/­products/­riak-ts
Technical documentationdocs.couchbase.comcrate.io/­docsneo4j.com/­docs
DeveloperCouchbase, Inc.CrateNeo4j, Inc.Basho Technologies
Initial release2011201320072015
Current releaseServer: 6.5, January 2020; Mobile: 2.7, January 2020; Couchbase Autonomous Operator: 1.2, May 20194.3.3, August 2021
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache version 2; Commercial licenses also availableOpen SourceOpen Source infoGPL version3, commercial licenses availableOpen Source
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenononono
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Implementation languageC, C++, Go and ErlangJavaJava, ScalaErlang
Server operating systemsLinux
OS X
Windows
All OS with a Java 7 (and higher) VMLinux infoCan also be used server-less as embedded Java database.
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Linux
OS X
Data schemeschema-freeFlexible Schema (defined schema, partial schema, schema free)schema-free and schema-optionalschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyes infoString, Boolean, Numberyesyesno
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.nono
Secondary indexesyesyesyes infopluggable indexing subsystem, by default Apache Lucenerestricted
SQL infoSupport of SQLDeclarative query language (N1QL) that extends ANSI SQL to JSON. First commercial implementation of SQL++.yes, but no triggers and constraintsnono
APIs and other access methodsNative language bindings for CRUD, Query, Search and Analytics APIsADO.NET infocommunity maintained client
JDBC
MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport)
PostgreSQL wire protocol
Prometheus Remote Read/Write
RESTful HTTP API
Bolt protocol
Cypher query language
Java API
Neo4j-OGM infoObject Graph Mapper
RESTful HTTP API
Spring Data Neo4j
TinkerPop 3
HTTP API
Native Erlang Interface
Supported programming languages.Net
C
Clojure
ColdFusion
Erlang
Go
Java
JavaScript infoNode.js
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Tcl
Erlang
Go infocommunity maintained client
Java
JavaScript (Node.js) infocommunity maintained client
Perl infocommunity maintained client
PHP
Python
Ruby infocommunity maintained client
Scala infocommunity maintained client
.Net
Clojure
Elixir
Go
Groovy
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
C infounofficial client library
C#
C++ infounofficial client library
Clojure infounofficial client library
Dart infounofficial client library
Erlang
Go infounofficial client library
Groovy infounofficial client library
Haskell infounofficial client library
Java
JavaScript infounofficial client library
Lisp infounofficial client library
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala infounofficial client library
Smalltalk infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresFunctions and timers in JavaScriptuser defined functionsyes infoUser defined Procedures and FunctionsJavaScript and Erlang
Triggersyes infovia the TAP protocolnoyes infovia event handleryes infopre-commit hooks and post-commit hooks
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingShardingyes using Neo4j FabricSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMulti-source replication infoincluding cross data center replication
Source-replica replication
selectable replication factorCausal Clustering using Raft protocol infoavailable in in Enterprise Version onlyselectable replication factor
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyesnonoyes
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infoselectable on a per-operation basis
Eventual Consistency
Read Your Own Writes Consistency infofor primary key lookups
Causal and Eventual Consistency configurable in Causal Cluster setup
Immediate Consistency in stand-alone mode
Eventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonoyes infoRelationships in graphsno infolinks between datasets can be stored
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDno infounique row identifiers can be used for implementing an optimistic concurrency control strategyACIDno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyesyes
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.yes infoEphemeral bucketsno
User concepts infoAccess controlUser and Administrator separation with password-based and LDAP integrated Authenticationrights management via user accountsUsers, roles and permissions. Pluggable authentication with supported standards (LDAP, Active Directory, Kerberos)no
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Couchbase infoOriginally called MembaseCrateDBNeo4jRiak TS
Specific characteristicsDeveloped as an alternative to traditionally inflexible relational databases, Couchbase...
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CrateDB is an open source distributed SQL database that spreads data and processing...
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Neo4j delivers graph technology that has been battle tested for performance and scale...
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Competitive advantagesCouchbase was architected with several differentiated capabilities: Shared-nothing,...
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CrateDB is typically used in operational analytics applications, particularly those...
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Neo4j is the market leader, graph database category creator, and the most widely...
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Typical application scenariosCustomer 360 for user profile, session store and data aggregation (Comcast, Equifax,...
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CrateDB is ideal for integrating and analyzing streams of data--often machine-generated--in...
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Real-Time Recommendations Master Data Management Identity and Access Management Network...
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Key customersAmadeus, AT&T, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Carrefour, Cisco, Comcast, Disney,...
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CrateDB customers include McAfee, Qualtrics , Nokia, NBC Golfnow , Digital Domain...
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Over 800 commercial customers and over 4300 startups use Neo4j. Flagship customers...
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Market metricsNamed a leader in the Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q1 2019 Over 10M downloads...
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The CrateDB open source project was started in 2014. CrateDB was the winner of TechCrunch...
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Neo4j boasts the world's largest graph database ecosystem with more than 140 million...
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Licensing and pricing modelsThe Community Edition (CE) of Couchbase Server and Couchbase Mobile are available...
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CrateDB pricing CrateDB Community Edition is open source and free to use under the...
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GPL v3 license that can be used all the places where you might use MySQL. Neo4j Commercial...
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