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System Properties Comparison Milvus vs. Pinecone vs. Weaviate

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NameMilvus  Xexclude from comparisonPinecone  Xexclude from comparisonWeaviate  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA DBMS designed for efficient storage of vector data and vector similarity searchesA managed, cloud-native vector databaseAn AI-native realtime vector database engine that integrates scalable machine learning models.
Primary database modelVector DBMSVector DBMSVector DBMS
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Score1.81
Rank#144  Overall
#5  Vector DBMS
Score3.29
Rank#94  Overall
#2  Vector DBMS
Score1.89
Rank#138  Overall
#4  Vector DBMS
Websitemilvus.iowww.pinecone.iogithub.com/­weaviate/­weaviate
weaviate.io
Technical documentationmilvus.io/­docs/­overview.mddocs.pinecone.io/­docs/­overviewweaviate.io/­developers/­weaviate
DeveloperPinecone Systems, IncWeaviate B.V.
Initial release201920192019
Current release2.3.4, January 20241.19, May 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoApache Version 2.0commercialOpen Source infocommercial license available with Weaviate Enterprise
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyesno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Zilliz Cloud – Cloud-native service for Milvus
Implementation languageC++, GoGo
Server operating systemsLinux
macOS info10.14 or later
Windows infowith WSL 2 enabled
hosted
Data schemeyes, maps to GraphQL interface
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateVector, Numeric and StringString, Number, Booleanyes 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.nonono
Secondary indexesnoyes infoall data objects are indexed in a semantic vector space (the Contextionary), all primitive fields are indexed
SQL infoSupport of SQLnonoGraphQL is used as query language
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIRESTful HTTP APIGraphQL query language
RESTful HTTP/JSON API
Supported programming languagesC++
Go
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
PythonJavaScript / TypeScript
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresnono
Triggersnono
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingSharding
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnonono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemBounded Staleness
Eventual Consistency
Immediate Consistency
Session Consistency
Tunable Consistency
Eventual Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynono
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanono
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 controlRole based access control and fine grained access rightsAPI Keys
OpenID Connect Discovery
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MilvusPineconeWeaviate
Specific characteristicsMilvus is an open-source and cloud-native vector database built for production-ready...
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Weaviate is an open source vector database that is robust, scalable, cloud-native,...
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Competitive advantagesHighly available, versatile, and robust with millisecond latency. Supports batch...
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Flexible deployment - Free, open source or fully-managed cloud vector database service...
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Typical application scenariosRAG: retrieval augmented generation Video media : video understanding, video deduplication....
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As a database supporting the development of generative AI and semantic search applications...
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Key customersMilvus is trusted by thousands of enterprises, including PayPal, eBay, IKEA, LINE,...
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All companies that have data. ​
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Market metricsAs of January 2024, 25k+ GitHub stars 10M+ downloads and installations​ ​ 3k+ enterprise...
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As of mid 2023: Over 2 million open source downloads 3500+ Weaviate Slack community...
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Licensing and pricing modelsMilvus was released under the open-source Apache License 2.0 in October 2019. Fully-managed...
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Weaviate is open-source, and free to use. Weaviate is also available as a fully managed...
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