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DBMS > EXASOL vs. Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse vs. SAP IQ vs. Snowflake

System Properties Comparison EXASOL vs. Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse vs. SAP IQ vs. Snowflake

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NameEXASOL  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse  Xexclude from comparisonSAP IQ infoformer name: Sybase IQ  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHigh-performance, in-memory, MPP database specifically designed for in-memory analytics.Elastic, large scale data warehouse service leveraging the broad eco-system of SQL ServerColumnar RDBMS optimized for Big Data analyticsCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSRelational DBMS infocolumn-orientedRelational DBMS
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Score2.75
Rank#88  Overall
#44  Relational DBMS
Score9.37
Rank#43  Overall
#27  Relational DBMS
Score4.78
Rank#66  Overall
#36  Relational DBMS
Score2.39
Rank#100  Overall
#49  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.exasol.com/­en/­productsazure.microsoft.com/­services/­sql-data-warehousewww.sap.com/­products/­sybase-iq-big-data-management.htmlwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationwww.exasol.com/­en/­community/­resourcesdocs.microsoft.com/­azure/­sql-data-warehousehelp.sap.com/­iqdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperExasolMicrosoftSAP, formerly SybaseSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release2000201619942014
Current release16.1 SPS04, April 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercialcommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesnoyes
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemshostedAIX
HP-UX
Linux
Solaris
Windows
hosted
Data schemeyesyesyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyesyes
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.nononoyes
Secondary indexesyesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyesyesyes
APIs and other access methods.Net
JDBC
ODBC
WebSocket
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesJava
Lua
Python
R
C#
Java
PHP
C
C#
C++
Java
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsTransact SQLyesuser defined functions
Triggersyesnoyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingSharding, horizontal partitioningshared disk or shared nothing architectures with SAP IQ Multiplexeryes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesSAP/Sybase Replication Serveryes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyes infoHadoop integrationnoHadoop integrationno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate ConsistencyImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACIDACIDACID
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.yesnono
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users, groups and roles according to SQL-standardyesfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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