Google Cloud Datastore vs Riak: What are the differences?
Developers describe Google Cloud Datastore as "A Fully Managed NoSQL Data Storage Service". Use a managed, NoSQL, schemaless database for storing non-relational data. Cloud Datastore automatically scales as you need it and supports transactions as well as robust, SQL-like queries. On the other hand, Riak is detailed as "A distributed, decentralized data storage system". Riak is a distributed database designed to deliver maximum data availability by distributing data across multiple servers. As long as your client can reach one Riak server, it should be able to write data. In most failure scenarios, the data you want to read should be available, although it may not be the most up-to-date version of that data.
Google Cloud Datastore can be classified as a tool in the "NoSQL Database as a Service" category, while Riak is grouped under "Databases".
"High scalability" is the primary reason why developers consider Google Cloud Datastore over the competitors, whereas "High Performance " was stated as the key factor in picking Riak.
Riak is an open source tool with 3.24K GitHub stars and 530 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Riak's open source repository on GitHub.
Teleport, Policygenius, and Giftstarter are some of the popular companies that use Google Cloud Datastore, whereas Riak is used by Sentry, OpenX, and Twilio SendGrid. Google Cloud Datastore has a broader approval, being mentioned in 46 company stacks & 16 developers stacks; compared to Riak, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.
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