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DBMS > CrateDB vs. Kinetica vs. PostgreSQL

System Properties Comparison CrateDB vs. Kinetica vs. PostgreSQL

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NameCrateDB  Xexclude from comparisonKinetica  Xexclude from comparisonPostgreSQL  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionDistributed Date Store based on LuceneFully vectorized database across both GPUs and CPUsWidely used open source RDBMS infoDeveloped as objectoriented DBMS (Postgres), gradually enhanced with 'standards' like SQL
Primary database modelRelational DBMS
Search engine
Relational DBMSRelational DBMS infowith object oriented extensions, e.g.: user defined types/functions and inheritance. Handling of key/value pairs with hstore module.
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Time Series DBMS
Document store
Spatial DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score0.97
Rank#179  Overall
#87  Relational DBMS
#12  Search engines
Score0.74
Rank#202  Overall
#97  Relational DBMS
Score606.56
Rank#4  Overall
#4  Relational DBMS
Websitecrate.iowww.kinetica.comwww.postgresql.org
Technical documentationcrate.io/­docswww.kinetica.com/­docswww.postgresql.org/­docs
DeveloperCrateKineticaPostgreSQL Global Development Group infowww.postgresql.org/­developer
Initial release201320121989 info1989: Postgres, 1996: PostgreSQL
Current release7.1, August 202114.1, November 2021
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen SourcecommercialOpen Source infoBSD
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageJavaC, C++C
Server operating systemsAll OS with a Java 7 (and higher) VMLinuxFreeBSD
HP-UX
Linux
NetBSD
OpenBSD
OS X
Solaris
Unix
Windows
Data schemeFlexible Schema (defined schema, partial schema, schema free)yesyes
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.nonoyes infospecific XML-type available, but no XML query functionality.
Secondary indexesyesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes, but no triggers and constraintsSQL-like DML and DDL statementsyes infostandard with numerous extensions
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET infocommunity maintained client
JDBC
MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport)
PostgreSQL wire protocol
Prometheus Remote Read/Write
RESTful HTTP API
JDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
ADO.NET
JDBC
native C library
ODBC
streaming API for large objects
Supported programming languagesErlang
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
C++
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
.Net
C
C++
Delphi
Java infoJDBC
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
Tcl
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsuser defined functionsuser defined functions inforealized in proprietary language PL/pgSQL or with common languages like Perl, Python, Tcl etc.
Triggersnoyes infotriggers when inserted values for one or more columns fall within a specified rangeyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingShardingpartitioning by range, list and (since PostgreSQL 11) by hash
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesselectable replication factorSource-replica replicationSource-replica replication infoother methods possible by using 3rd party extensions
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Read Your Own Writes Consistency infofor primary key lookups
Immediate Consistency or Eventual Consistency depending on configurationImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano infounique row identifiers can be used for implementing an optimistic concurrency control strategynoACID
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 RAMno
User concepts infoAccess controlrights management via user accountsAccess rights for users and roles on table levelfine grained access rights according to SQL-standard
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CrateDBKineticaPostgreSQL
Specific characteristicsCrateDB is an open source distributed SQL database that spreads data and processing...
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Native and fully vectorized database across both GPUs and CPUs, with memory first...
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Competitive advantagesCrateDB is typically used in operational analytics applications, particularly those...
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Best in class geospatial and temporal analytics. Lockless architecture provides real-time...
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Typical application scenariosCrateDB is ideal for integrating and analyzing streams of data--often machine-generated--in...
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Any application requiring (1) real time insights, (2) time series analysis (3) geospatial...
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Key customersCrateDB customers include McAfee, Qualtrics , Nokia, NBC Golfnow , Digital Domain...
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Citibank, US Air Force, Softbank, OVO, Telkomsel, USPS, 2 of the top 3 US Telcos,...
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Market metricsThe CrateDB open source project was started in 2014. CrateDB was the winner of TechCrunch...
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The largest IoT deployment in the world, NORAD, runs on Kinetica.
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Licensing and pricing modelsCrateDB pricing CrateDB Community Edition is open source and free to use under the...
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Always Free Tier in the Cloud, Pay-As-You-Go Consumption Based Pricing, and Portable...
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