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System Properties Comparison Microsoft Access vs. Solr vs. Weaviate

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NameMicrosoft Access  Xexclude from comparisonSolr  Xexclude from comparisonWeaviate  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionMicrosoft Access combines a backend RDBMS (JET / ACE Engine) with a GUI frontend for data manipulation and queries. infoThe Access frontend is often used for accessing other datasources (DBMS, Excel, etc.)A widely used distributed, scalable search engine based on Apache LuceneA cloud-native, realtime vector search engine integrating scalable machine learning models
Primary database modelRelational DBMSSearch engineSearch engine
Secondary database modelsSpatial DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score125.99
Rank#10  Overall
#7  Relational DBMS
Score57.72
Rank#20  Overall
#3  Search engines
Score0.14
Rank#297  Overall
#15  Search engines
Websitewww.microsoft.com/­en-us/­microsoft-365/­accesslucene.apache.org/­solrgithub.com/­semi-technologies/­weaviate
www.semi.technology/­solutions/­weaviate
Technical documentationdeveloper.microsoft.com/­en-us/­accesslucene.apache.org/­solr/­resources.htmlwww.semi.technology/­developers/­weaviate/­current
DeveloperMicrosoftApache Software FoundationSeMI Technologies B.V.
Initial release199220062017
Current release1902 (16.0.11328.20222), March 20198.11.0, November 20211.0.3, January 2021
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercial infoBundled with Microsoft OfficeOpen Source infoApache Version 2Open Source infocommercial license available with Weaviate Enterprise
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++JavaGo
Server operating systemsWindows infoNot a real database server, but making use of DLLsAll OS with a Java VM inforuns as a servlet in servlet container (e.g. Tomcat, Jetty is included)
Data schemeyesyes infoDynamic Fields enables on-the-fly addition of new fieldsyes, maps to GraphQL interface
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes infosupports customizable data types and automatic typingyes 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.yesno
Secondary indexesyesyes infoAll search fields are automatically indexedyes infoall data objects are indexed in a semantic vector space (the Contextionary), all primitive fields are indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infobut not compliant to any SQL standardSolr Parallel SQL InterfaceGraphQL is used as query language
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
DAO
ODBC
OLE DB
Java API
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
GraphQL query language
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
Supported programming languagesC
C#
C++
Delphi
Java (JDBC-ODBC)
VBA
Visual Basic.NET
.Net
Erlang
Java
JavaScript
any language that supports sockets and either XML or JSON
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineJava pluginsno
Triggersyes infosince Access 2010 using the ACE-engineyes infoUser configurable commands triggered on index changesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesnoneShardingSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnoneyesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnospark-solr: github.com/­lucidworks/­spark-solr and streaming expressions to reduceno
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual ConsistencyEventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesnono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID infobut no files for transaction loggingoptimistic lockingno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyes infobut no files for transaction loggingyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yesno
User concepts infoAccess controlno infoa simple user-level security was built in till version Access 2003yesOpenID Connect Discovery
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