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How is CrateDB different from other databases in the market?

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to databases: the ideal database will be determined by your use case and dataset. The characteristics of CrateDB make it optimal for real-time use-cases with high data volumes, data variety, and heavy load.

Analytics/AI/ML use-case

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Efficiency as priority
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Run in any cloud, EDGE and on premises
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icon-cratedb-comparison-6-efficiency-priorityEfficiency as priority
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icon-cratedb-comparison-7-need-versatility-2Need for versatility
icon-cratedb-comparison-7-cloudRun in any cloud, EDGE and on premises

CrateDB is neither a relational database, nor a NoSQL database, nor a time-series database; instead, it offers the best of these worlds. CrateDB is a distributed database built on a NoSQL foundation, but fully accessible through SQL.

CrateDB is able to work with large datasets without losing accuracy, keeping things simple and efficient. And due to its real-time features, indexing, and schemas, CrateDB is ideal for handling huge amounts of time-series data.

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CrateDB VS
Traditional RDBMS

Traditional relational databases can be an excellent choice for a use case without huge data volumes or high scalability needs. But they are insufficient for large data volume applications demanding horizontal scalability and the real-time processing of massive datasets.

  Traditional RDBMS CrateDB
Accessibility ANSI SQL ANSI SQL
Core architecture Monolithic or master/slave Shared-nothing nodes
Data model Rigid schemas of tabular data Dynamic schema, structured & unstructured data
Consistency model ACID Eventually consistent
Scalability model Vertical scaling Horizontal scalability
Partitioning Manual Built-in
Full-text search Not built-in Built-in (Lucene indexing)
Microservices architecture Compatible Ideal


CrateDB vs PostgreSQL

In a benchmark querying 312 million rows of sensor readings, CrateDB provided 33x better price-performance than PostgreSQL.

CrateDB vs NoSQL

NoSQL databases like MongoDB are not the best choice if you are dealing with huge volumes of time-series data that need to be queried in real-time. NoSQL databases can get very expensive for large data volume use cases at scale, consuming unnecessarily large memory and storage capacity. At the same time, you must abandon the power and convenience of SQL.


Comparing databases for an Industrial IoT use-case

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CrateDB vs time-series databases

Time series databases like InfluxDB or TimescaleDB are unable to handle many real-time applications by themselves—if they require metadata operations, for example. They often need to work in combination with an RDBMS, duplicating maintenance efforts and costs. Besides, their performance is usually optimized for single-node processes.




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