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System Properties Comparison Elasticsearch vs. InfluxDB vs. Splunk

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NameElasticsearch  Xexclude from comparisonInfluxDB  Xexclude from comparisonSplunk  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 metricsAnalytics Platform for Big Data
Primary database modelSearch engineTime Series DBMSSearch engine
Secondary database modelsDocument store
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score151.00
Rank#8  Overall
#1  Search engines
Score26.25
Rank#27  Overall
#1  Time Series DBMS
Score88.54
Rank#13  Overall
#2  Search engines
Websitewww.elastic.co/­elasticsearchwww.influxdata.com/­products/­influxdb-overviewwww.splunk.com
Technical documentationwww.elastic.co/­guide/­en/­elasticsearch/­reference/­current/­index.htmldocs.influxdata.com/­influxdbdocs.splunk.com/­Documentation/­Splunk
DeveloperElasticSplunk Inc.
Initial release201020132003
Current release7.8.0, June 20202.0.2, November 2020
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2; Elastic LicenseOpen Source infoMIT-License; commercial enterprise version availablecommercial infoLimited free edition and free developer edition available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageJavaGo
Server operating systemsAll OS with a Java VMLinux
OS X infothrough Homebrew
Linux
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeschema-free infoFlexible type definitions. Once a type is defined, it is persistentschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesNumeric data and Stringsyes
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
Secondary indexesyes infoAll search fields are automatically indexednoyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like query languageSQL-like query languageno infoSplunk Search Processing Language for search commands
APIs and other access methodsJava API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
HTTP API
JSON over UDP
HTTP REST
Supported programming languages.Net
Groovy
Community Contributed Clients
Java
JavaScript
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
.Net
Clojure
Erlang
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
Lisp
Perl
PHP
Python
R
Ruby
Rust
Scala
C#
Java
JavaScript
PHP
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesnoyes
Triggersyes infoby using the 'percolation' featurenoyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingSharding infoin enterprise version onlySharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesselectable replication factor infoin enterprise version onlyMulti-source replication
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsES-Hadoop Connectornoyes
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, allEventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanonono infoA 'Transaction' in Splunk has a different meaning: grouping related events into a single one for later searching
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.Memcached and Redis integrationyes infoDepending on used storage engineno
User concepts infoAccess controlsimple rights management via user accountsAccess rights for users and roles
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ElasticsearchInfluxDBSplunk
Specific characteristicsElasticsearch is an open source search and analytics engine. As the heart of the...
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InfluxData is the creator of InfluxDB , the open source time series database. It...
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Competitive advantagesOpen source Real-time indexsearch, 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 scenariosEnterprise search (search experiences for your workplace, apps, and websites), observability...
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IoT & Sensor Monitoring Instrumentation of every available surface in the material...
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Key customersThousands of organizations worldwide, including Cisco, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft,...
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InfluxData has over 630 paying customers, including IBM, PayPal, Siemens Tesla and...
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Market metricsPublic as of October 2018 Distributed workforce with 1900+ employees around the globe‚Äč...
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Fastest growing database to garnish 17,000 github stars Over 260,000 daily active...
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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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