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System Properties Comparison MonetDB vs. Snowflake

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NameMonetDB  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA relational database management system that stores data in columnsCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Spatial DBMS
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Score1.70
Rank#137  Overall
#63  Relational DBMS
Score136.53
Rank#7  Overall
#5  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.monetdb.orgwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationwww.monetdb.org/­Documentationdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperMonetDB BVSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release20042014
Current releaseDec2023 (11.49), December 2023
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoMozilla Public License 2.0commercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenoyes
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Implementation languageC
Server operating systemsFreeBSD
Linux
OS X
Solaris
Windows
hosted
Data schemeyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
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.yes
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyes infoSQL 2003 with some extensionsyes
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
native C library infoMAPI library (MonetDB application programming interface)
ODBC
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC
C++
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
Perl
PHP
Python
R
Ruby
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyes, in SQL, C, Ruser defined functions
Triggersyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding via remote tablesyes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesnone infoSource-replica replication available in experimental statusyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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