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System Properties Comparison Graphite vs. Prometheus vs. RRDtool

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NameGraphite  Xexclude from comparisonPrometheus  Xexclude from comparisonRRDtool  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionData logging and graphing tool for time series data infoThe storage layer (fixed size database) is called WhisperOpen-source TimeSeries DBMS and monitoring systemIndustry standard data logging and graphing tool for time series data. RRD is an acronym for round-robin database. infoThe data is stored in a circular buffer, thus the system storage footprint remains constant over time.
Primary database modelTime Series DBMSTime Series DBMSTime Series DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score3.35
Rank#82  Overall
#4  Time Series DBMS
Score3.94
Rank#73  Overall
#3  Time Series DBMS
Score2.74
Rank#93  Overall
#5  Time Series DBMS
Websitegithub.com/­graphite-project/­graphite-webprometheus.iooss.oetiker.ch/­rrdtool
Technical documentationgraphite.readthedocs.ioprometheus.io/­docsoss.oetiker.ch/­rrdtool/­doc
DeveloperChris DavisTobias Oetiker
Initial release200620151999
Current release1.7.2, May 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoGPL V2 and FLOSS
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languagePythonGoC infoImplementations in Java (e.g. RRD4J) and C# available
Server operating systemsLinux
Unix
Linux
Windows
HP-UX
Linux
Data schemeyesyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateNumeric data onlyNumeric data onlyNumeric data only
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 infoImport of XML data possibleno infoExporting into and restoring from XML files possible
Secondary indexesnonono
SQL infoSupport of SQLnonono
APIs and other access methodsHTTP API
Sockets
RESTful HTTP/JSON APIin-process shared library
Pipes
Supported programming languagesJavaScript (Node.js)
Python
.Net
C++
Go
Haskell
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Ruby
C infowith librrd library
C# infowith a different implementation of RRDTool
Java infowith a different implementation of RRDTool
JavaScript (Node.js) infowith a different implementation of RRDTool
Lua
Perl
PHP infowith a wrapper library
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnonono
Triggersnonono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneShardingnone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnoneyes infoby Federationnone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemnonenonenone
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynonono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanonono
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes infolockingyesyes infoby using the rrdcached daemon
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.noyes
User concepts infoAccess controlnonono

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