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System Properties Comparison Google Cloud Spanner vs. Weaviate

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NameGoogle Cloud Spanner  Xexclude from comparisonWeaviate  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA horizontally scalable, globally consistent, relational database service. It is the externalization of the core Google database that runs the biggest aspects of Google, like Ads and Google Play.An AI-native realtime vector database engine that integrates scalable machine learning models.
Primary database modelRelational DBMSVector DBMS
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Score2.89
Rank#103  Overall
#52  Relational DBMS
Score1.73
Rank#143  Overall
#5  Vector DBMS
Websitecloud.google.com/­spannergithub.com/­weaviate/­weaviate
weaviate.io
Technical documentationcloud.google.com/­spanner/­docsweaviate.io/­developers/­weaviate
DeveloperGoogleWeaviate B.V.
Initial release20172019
Current release1.19, May 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infocommercial license available with Weaviate Enterprise
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesno
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Implementation languageGo
Server operating systemshosted
Data schemeyesyes, maps to GraphQL interface
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes infostring, int, float, geo point, date, cross reference, fuzzy references
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 indexesyesyes infoall data objects are indexed in a semantic vector space (the Contextionary), all primitive fields are indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infoQuery statements complying to ANSI 2011GraphQL is used as query language
APIs and other access methodsgRPC (using protocol buffers) API
JDBC infoAt present, JDBC supports read-only queries. No support for DDL or DML statements.
RESTful HTTP API
GraphQL query language
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
Supported programming languagesGo
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
JavaScript / TypeScript
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnono
Triggersnono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMulti-source replication with 3 replicas for regional instances.yes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyes infousing Google Cloud Dataflowno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyes infoby using interleaved tables, this features focuses more on performance improvements than on referential integrityno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID infoStrict serializable isolationno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.noyes
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users, groups and roles based on Google Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM)API Keys
OpenID Connect Discovery
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Google Cloud SpannerWeaviate
Specific characteristicsWeaviate is an open source vector database that is robust, scalable, cloud-native,...
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Competitive advantagesFlexible deployment - Free, open source or fully-managed cloud vector database service...
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Typical application scenariosAs a database supporting the development of generative AI and semantic search applications...
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Key customersAll companies that have data. ‚Äč
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Market metricsAs of mid 2023: Over 2 million open source downloads 3500+ Weaviate Slack community...
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Licensing and pricing modelsWeaviate is open-source, and free to use. Weaviate is also available as a fully managed...
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