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System Properties Comparison FileMaker vs. Microsoft SQL Server vs. SurrealDB

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NameFileMaker  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft SQL Server  Xexclude from comparisonSurrealDB  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionFileMaker is a cross-platform RDBMS that includes a GUI frontend.Microsofts flagship relational DBMSA fully ACID transactional, developer-friendly, multi-model DBMS
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMSDocument store
Graph DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Graph DBMS
Spatial DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score52.80
Rank#21  Overall
#14  Relational DBMS
Score929.09
Rank#3  Overall
#3  Relational DBMS
Score0.51
Rank#278  Overall
#41  Document stores
#21  Graph DBMS
Websitewww.claris.com/­filemakerwww.microsoft.com/­en-us/­sql-serversurrealdb.com
Technical documentationwww.claris.com/­resources/­documentationdocs.microsoft.com/­en-US/­sql/­sql-serversurrealdb.com/­docs
DeveloperFileMaker infoa subsidiary of AppleMicrosoftSurrealDB Ltd
Initial release198319892022
Current release19.4.1, November 2021SQL Server 2022, November 2022
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial inforestricted free version is availableOpen Source
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++Rust
Server operating systemsiOS infoclient part only
Linux
OS X
Windows
Linux
Windows
Linux
macOS
Windows
Data schemeyesyesschema-free
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.yes infoA http query request can return the data in XML formatyes
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infovia pluginsyesSQL-like query language
APIs and other access methodsFilemaker WebDirect
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
OLE DB
Tabular Data Stream (TDS)
GraphQL
RESTful HTTP API
WebSocket
Supported programming languagesPHPC#
C++
Delphi
Go
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
R
Ruby
Visual Basic
Deno
Go
JavaScript (Node.js)
Rust
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesTransact SQL, .NET languages, R, Python and (with SQL Server 2019) Java
Triggersyesyes
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonetables can be distributed across several files (horizontal partitioning); sharding through federation
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSource-replica replication, warm standby infosince Version 14yes, but depending on the SQL-Server Edition
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanoACIDACID
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.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlsimple rights management via user accounts and connection to external directory servicesfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardyes, based on authentication and database rules

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