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DBMS > FileMaker vs. SAP IQ vs. Snowflake

System Properties Comparison FileMaker vs. SAP IQ vs. Snowflake

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NameFileMaker  Xexclude from comparisonSAP IQ infoformer name: Sybase IQ  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionFileMaker is a cross-platform RDBMS that includes a GUI frontend.Columnar RDBMS optimized for Big Data analyticsCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS infocolumn-orientedRelational DBMS
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Score48.81
Rank#21  Overall
#15  Relational DBMS
Score3.58
Rank#93  Overall
#48  Relational DBMS
Score125.38
Rank#9  Overall
#6  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.claris.com/­filemakerwww.sap.com/­products/­technology-platform/­sybase-iq-big-data-management.htmlwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationwww.claris.com/­resources/­documentationhelp.sap.com/­docs/­SAP_IQdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperClaris infoa subsidiary of AppleSAP, formerly SybaseSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release198319942014
Current release19.4.1, November 202116.1 SPS04, April 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonoyes
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Server operating systemsiOS infoclient part only
Linux
OS X
Windows
AIX
HP-UX
Linux
Solaris
Windows
hosted
Data schemeyesyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
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 formatnoyes
Secondary indexesyesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infovia pluginsyesyes
APIs and other access methodsFilemaker WebDirect
JDBC
ODBC
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesPHPC
C#
C++
Java
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesyesuser defined functions
Triggersyesyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneshared disk or shared nothing architectures with SAP IQ Multiplexeryes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSource-replica replication, warm standby infosince Version 14SAP/Sybase Replication Serveryes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnoHadoop integrationno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesyes
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.nono
User concepts infoAccess controlsimple rights management via user accounts and connection to external directory servicesfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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