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Alternatives to Citus

CockroachDB, TimescaleDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Citus.
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What is Citus and what are its top alternatives?

It's an extension to Postgres that distributes data and queries in a cluster of multiple machines. Its query engine parallelizes incoming SQL queries across these servers to enable human real-time (less than a second) responses on large datasets.
Citus is a tool in the Databases category of a tech stack.
Citus is an open source tool with 4K GitHub stars and 307 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Citus's open source repository on GitHub

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