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System Properties Comparison Elasticsearch vs. InfluxDB vs. Memcached

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NameElasticsearch  Xexclude from comparisonInfluxDB  Xexclude from comparisonMemcached  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA distributed, RESTful modern search and analytics engine based on Apache Lucene infoElasticsearch lets you perform and combine many types of searches such as structured, unstructured, geo, and metricDBMS for storing time series, events and metricsIn-memory key-value store, originally intended for caching
Primary database modelSearch engineTime Series DBMSKey-value store
Secondary database modelsDocument store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score149.08
Rank#7  Overall
#1  Search engines
Score18.34
Rank#34  Overall
#1  Time Series DBMS
Score27.01
Rank#26  Overall
#4  Key-value stores
Websitewww.elastic.co/­products/­elasticsearchwww.influxdata.com/­time-series-platform/­influxdbwww.memcached.org
Technical documentationwww.elastic.co/­guide/­en/­elasticsearch/­reference/­current/­index.htmldocs.influxdata.com/­influxdbgithub.com/­memcached/­memcached/­wiki
DeveloperElasticDanga Interactive infooriginally developed by Brad Fitzpatrick for LiveJournal
Initial release201020132003
Current release7.3.0, August 20191.7.6, April 20191.5.12, November 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2; Elastic LicenseOpen Source infoMIT-License; commercial enterprise version availableOpen Source infoBSD license
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageJavaGoC
Server operating systemsAll OS with a Java VMLinux
OS X infothrough Homebrew
FreeBSD
Linux
OS X
Unix
Windows
Data schemeschema-free infoFlexible type definitions. Once a type is defined, it is persistentschema-freeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesNumeric data and Stringsno
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 indexesyes infoAll search fields are automatically indexednono
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like query languageSQL-like query languageno
APIs and other access methodsJava API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
HTTP API
JSON over UDP
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languages.Net
Groovy
Java
JavaScript
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Community Contributed Clients
.Net
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
Lisp
Perl
PHP
Python
R
Ruby
Rust
Scala
.Net
C
C++
ColdFusion
Erlang
Java
Lisp
Lua
OCaml
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesnono
Triggersyes infoby using the 'percolation' featurenono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingSharding infoin enterprise version onlynone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesselectable replication factor infoin enterprise version onlynone infoRepcached, a Memcached patch, provides this functionallity
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsES-Hadoop Connectornono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency infoSynchronous doc based replication. Get by ID may show delays up to 1 sec. Configurable write consistency: one, quorum, all
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanonono
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesno
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.Memcached and Redis integrationyes infoDepending on used storage engine
User concepts infoAccess controlsimple rights management via user accountsyes infousing SASL (Simple Authentication and Security Layer) protocol
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ElasticsearchInfluxDBMemcached
Specific characteristicsElasticsearch is a highly scalable open source full-text search and analytics engine....
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InfluxData includes the open source time-series database InfluxDB . It supports high...
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Competitive advantagesOpen source, real-time index, search and analysis, horizontally scalable, distributed,...
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Time to Value An end-to-end platform, InfluxData is ready to go on the cloud or via...
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Typical application scenarios
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IoT & Sensor Monitoring Instrumentation of every available surface in the material...
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Key customers
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InfluxData , the creator of InfluxDB, delivers a modern Open Source Platform built...
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Market metricsMore than 250 million cumulative downloads More than 100,000 community members in...
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Fastest growing database to garnish 14,018 github stars Over 148,000 servers deployed...
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Licensing and pricing modelsThe Elastic Stack (Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash) is free and open source...
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Open source core with closed source clustering available either on-premise or on...
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