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System Properties Comparison Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB vs. Sphinx

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NameMicrosoft Azure Cosmos DB infoformer name was Azure DocumentDB  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionGlobally distributed, horizontally scalable, multi-model database serviceOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelDocument store
Graph DBMS
Key-value store
Wide column store
Search engine
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score30.87
Rank#24  Overall
#4  Document stores
#2  Graph DBMS
#3  Key-value stores
#3  Wide column stores
Score7.23
Rank#46  Overall
#5  Search engines
Websiteazure.microsoft.com/­services/­cosmos-dbsphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationdocs.microsoft.com/­en-us/­azure/­cosmos-dbsphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperMicrosoftSphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release20142001
Current release3.1.1, October 2018
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialOpen Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesno
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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemshostedFreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeschema-freeyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyes infoJSON typesno
Secondary indexesyes infoAll properties auto-indexed by defaultyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLSQL-like query languageSQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methodsDocumentDB API
Graph API (Gremlin)
MongoDB API
RESTful HTTP API
Table API
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languages.Net
C#
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript (Node.js)
MongoDB client drivers written for various programming languages
Python
C++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresJavaScriptno
TriggersJavaScriptno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding infoImplicit feature of the cloud serviceSharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes infoImplicit feature of the cloud servicenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodswith Hadoop integration infoIntegration with Hadoop/HDInsight on Azure*no
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemBounded Staleness
Consistent Prefix
Session Consistency
Eventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency infoConsistency level configurable on request level
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataMulti-item ACID transactions with snapshot isolation within a partitionno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights can be defined down to the item levelno

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