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DBMS > Microsoft Azure Search vs. Microsoft Azure SQL Database vs. Sphinx

System Properties Comparison Microsoft Azure Search vs. Microsoft Azure SQL Database vs. Sphinx

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NameMicrosoft Azure Search  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Azure SQL Database infoformerly SQL Azure  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionSearch-as-a-service for web and mobile app developmentDatabase as a Service offering with high compatibility to Microsoft SQL ServerOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelSearch engineRelational DBMSSearch engine
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Graph DBMS
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
Trend Chart
Score6.70
Rank#56  Overall
#6  Search engines
Score60.45
Rank#17  Overall
#11  Relational DBMS
Score6.47
Rank#59  Overall
#7  Search engines
Websiteazure.microsoft.com/­en-us/­services/­searchazure.microsoft.com/­en-us/­services/­sql-databasesphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationdocs.microsoft.com/­en-us/­azure/­searchdocs.microsoft.com/­en-us/­azure/­azure-sqlsphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperMicrosoftMicrosoftSphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release201520102001
Current releaseV1V123.2.1, January 2020
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialcommercialOpen Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesyesno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++C++
Server operating systemshostedhostedFreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeyesyesyes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesno
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.noyes
Secondary indexesyesyesyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoyesSQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languages.Net
C#
.Net
C#
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
C++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnoTransact SQLno
Triggersnoyesno
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 serviceyes, with always 3 replicas availablenone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanoACIDno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlyes infousing Azure authenticationfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardno

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