MongoDB vs Riak: What are the differences?
Developers describe MongoDB as "The database for giant ideas". MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding. 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.
MongoDB and Riak can be categorized as "Databases" tools.
"Document-oriented storage" is the top reason why over 788 developers like MongoDB, while over 9 developers mention "High Performance " as the leading cause for choosing Riak.
MongoDB and Riak are both open source tools. It seems that MongoDB with 16.3K GitHub stars and 4.1K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Riak with 3.24K GitHub stars and 530 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, MongoDB has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2189 company stacks & 2218 developers stacks; compared to Riak, which is listed in 15 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.
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