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System Properties Comparison SAP HANA vs. Snowflake

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NameSAP HANA  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionIn-memory, column based data store. Available as appliance or cloud serviceCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Graph DBMS infowith SAP Hana, Enterprise Edition
Spatial DBMS
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Score54.96
Rank#21  Overall
#13  Relational DBMS
Score103.12
Rank#13  Overall
#9  Relational DBMS
Websitewww.sap.com/­products/­hana.htmlwww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationhelp.sap.com/­hanadocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperSAPSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release20102014
Current release2.0 SPS05 (June 26, 2020), June 2020
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceno infoalso available as a cloud based serviceyes
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Server operating systemsAppliance or cloud-servicehosted
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.noyes
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyes
APIs and other access methodsJDBC
ODBC
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesJavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresSQLScript, Ruser defined functions
Triggersyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesyesyes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate 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.yesno
User concepts infoAccess controlyesUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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