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System Properties Comparison Kdb+ vs. Snowflake vs. XAP

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NameKdb+  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparisonXAP  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHigh performance Time Series DBMSCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured dataHigh performant in-memory data grid for mission critical applications. Insight Edge from the same company extends XAP for AI/ML support, BI and other interfaces
Primary database modelTime Series DBMSRelational DBMSDocument store
Key-value store infoValues are user defined objects
Secondary database modelsRelational DBMSObject oriented DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score5.50
Rank#58  Overall
#2  Time Series DBMS
Score2.24
Rank#107  Overall
#52  Relational DBMS
Score0.80
Rank#167  Overall
#26  Document stores
#30  Key-value stores
Websitekx.comwww.snowflake.comwww.gigaspaces.com/­products/­xap
Technical documentationcode.kx.comdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.htmldocs.gigaspaces.com/­latest/­landing.html
DeveloperKx Systems, a division of First Derivatives plcSnowflake Computing Inc.Gigaspaces Technologies
Initial release2000 infokdb was released 2000, kdb+ in 200320142000
Current release3.6, May 201814.5.0, June 2019
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infofree 32-bit versioncommercialOpen Source infoApache Version 2; Commercial licenses available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageqJava, C++, .Net
Server operating systemsLinux
OS X
Solaris
Windows
hostedLinux
macOS
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)schema-free
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.yesyesno infoXML can be used for describing objects metadata
Secondary indexesyes infotable attribute 'grouped'yes
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like query language (q)yesSQL-like query language and DML statements
APIs and other access methodsHTTP API
JDBC
Jupyter
Kafka
ODBC
WebSocket
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
GigaSpaces LRMI
Hibernate
JCache
JDBC
JPA
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
Spring Data
Supported programming languagesC
C#
C++
Go
J
Java
JavaScript
Lua
MatLab
Perl
PHP
Python
R
Scala
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
.Net
C++
Java
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsuser defined functionsyes
Triggersyes infowith viewsno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resourcesyes infoEvent Listeners
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodeshorizontal partitioningyesSharding infoHash based
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-slave replicationyesMaster-master replication infosynchronous or asynchronous
Master-slave replication infosynchronous or asynchronous
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno infosimilar paradigm used for internal processingnoyes infoMap-Reduce pattern can be built with XAP task executors
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency infoConsistency level configurable: ALL, QUORUM, ANY
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesno
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.yesnoyes
User concepts infoAccess controlrights management via user accountsUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authenticationRole-based access control
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Kdb+SnowflakeXAP
Specific characteristicsIntegrated columnar database & programming system for streaming, real time and historical...
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Competitive advantagesprovides seamless scalability; runs on industry standard server platforms; is top-ranked...
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Typical application scenariostick database streaming sensor data massive intelligence applications oil and gas...
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Key customersGoldman Sachs Morgan Stanley Merrill Lynch J.P. Morgan Deutsche Bank IEX Securities...
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Market metricskdb+ performance and reliability proven by our customers in critical infrastructure...
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Licensing and pricing modelsupon request
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