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DBMS > Firebase Realtime Database vs. QuestDB vs. Sphinx

System Properties Comparison Firebase Realtime Database vs. QuestDB vs. Sphinx

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NameFirebase Realtime Database  Xexclude from comparisonQuestDB  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionCloud-hosted realtime document store. iOS, Android, and JavaScript clients share one Realtime Database instance and automatically receive updates with the newest data.A high performance, low latency Time Series DBMSOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelDocument storeTime Series DBMSSearch engine
Secondary database modelsRelational DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score15.61
Rank#36  Overall
#6  Document stores
Score0.28
Rank#266  Overall
#20  Time Series DBMS
Score6.47
Rank#59  Overall
#7  Search engines
Websitefirebase.google.com/­products/­realtime-databasequestdb.iosphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationfirebase.google.com/­docs/­databasequestdb.io/­docs/­introductionsphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperGoogle infoacquired by Google 2014QuestDB LimitedSphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release201220142001
Current release3.2.1, January 2020
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesnono
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Implementation languageJavaC++
Server operating systemshostedLinux
macOS
Windows
FreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeschema-freeyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesno
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 indexesyesnoyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSQL-like query languageSQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methodsAndroid
iOS
JavaScript API
RESTful HTTP API
HTTP RESTProprietary protocol
Supported programming languagesJava
JavaScript
Objective-C
JavaC++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored procedureslimited functionality with using 'rules'nono
TriggersCallbacks are triggered when data changesnono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodeshorizontal partitioning (by timestamps)Sharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnonenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency infoif the client is offline
Immediate Consistency infoif the client is online
Immediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datayesACID for single-table writesno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlyes, based on authentication and database rulesno
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Firebase Realtime DatabaseQuestDBSphinx
Specific characteristicsRelational model with native time series support Column based storage and time partitioned...
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Competitive advantagesReal-time data ingestion and istant SQL queries for time series High performance...
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Typical application scenariosApplication metrics Financial market data and algo trading DevOps monitoring Real-time...
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Licensing and pricing modelsApache 2.0.
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