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DescriptionFauna (previously named FaunaDB) provides a web-native interface, with support for GraphQL and custom business logic that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the serverless ecosystem. The underlying globally distributed storage and compute platform is fast, consistent, and reliable, with a modern security infrastructure.
Primary database modelDocument store
Graph DBMS
Relational DBMS
Time Series DBMS
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Rank#137  Overall
#22  Document stores
#11  Graph DBMS
#67  Relational DBMS
#9  Time Series DBMS
Technical documentationdocs.fauna.com
DeveloperFauna, Inc.
Initial release2014
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyes
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageScala
Server operating systemshosted
Data schemeschema-free
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateno
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.no
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLno
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP API
Supported programming languagesC#
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functions
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodeshorizontal partitioning infoconsistent hashing
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMulti-source replication
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlIdentity management, authentication, and access control
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Specific characteristics
  • Serverless database delivered as an API

  • Web-native security model with attribute based access control 

  • Native GraphQL support with automatic mutations for easy on-ramp, no middleware to install and manage

  • Expression-rich Fauna Query Language (FQL) with user defined functions that facilitate computations close to data source

  • Flexible data model that supports relational modeling, documents, and graph access to the same data set

  • 100% ACID, transactional data access with strictly serializable transaction isolation levels

  • Flexible indexing that supports a variety of use cases

  • Built-in data temporality, so your queries can point-in-time queries against your data

  • Add-ons for Jamstack platforms such as Netlify, Vercel etc.

  • Out-of-box integration with  leading security providers such as Auth0, Okta etc

  • Plugins for modern (web-centric) IDEs such as VSCode

  • Multi-cloud hosting environment for continuity and cloud provider independence

  • Integrates easily with modern and legacy programming languages

Competitive advantages
  • 100% serverless, no connection pooling bottlenecks, or cold starts unlike legacy databases and legacy clones

  • No cold starts, eliminates any latency issues for variable loads

  • Zero operational overhead, built-in data sharding, replication, and redundancy

  • Delivered as an API that delivers scales without any configuration/provisioning

  • Easy to use, browser-native security enables direct invocation from Javascript clients

  • Jepsen-verified, 100% ACID transactional, with industry-leading transaction isolation levels

  • Document, relational, search, graph querying on the same dataset, allowing composable queries 

  • Global low latency, based on a ground breaking transactional architecture inspired by research

  • Multi-cloud backend for continuity and cloud provider independence

Typical application scenarios
  • Javascript apps
  • Serverless backends for microservices
  • Cloud-native apps
  • B2B and B2C Multi-tenant SaaS
  • Social apps / mobile apps
  • Payments and loyalty systems
  • User account management systems
  • Ledger-based systems‚Äč
Key customersShiftX
Licensing and pricing models

Usage-based pricing including a free tier

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