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System Properties Comparison Graphite vs. RRDtool

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NameGraphite  Xexclude from comparisonRRDtool  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionData logging and graphing tool for time series data infoThe storage layer (fixed size database) is called WhisperIndustry 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 DBMS
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Score3.32
Rank#83  Overall
#4  Time Series DBMS
Score2.90
Rank#91  Overall
#5  Time Series DBMS
Websitegithub.com/­graphite-project/­graphite-weboss.oetiker.ch/­rrdtool
Technical documentationgraphite.readthedocs.iooss.oetiker.ch/­rrdtool/­doc
DeveloperChris DavisTobias Oetiker
Initial release20061999
Current release1.7.2, May 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache 2.0Open Source infoGPL V2 and FLOSS
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenono
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Implementation languagePythonC infoImplementations in Java (e.g. RRD4J) and C# available
Server operating systemsLinux
Unix
HP-UX
Linux
Data schemeyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateNumeric 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 infoExporting into and restoring from XML files possible
Secondary indexesnono
SQL infoSupport of SQLnono
APIs and other access methodsHTTP API
Sockets
in-process shared library
Pipes
Supported programming languagesJavaScript (Node.js)
Python
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 proceduresnono
Triggersnono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnonenone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnonenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemnonenone
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanono
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayes infolockingyes infoby using the rrdcached daemon
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.yes
User concepts infoAccess controlnono

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