Comparison of OLAP servers

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of online analytical processing (OLAP) servers. Please see the individual products articles for further information.

General information[edit]

OLAP server Company Website Latest stable version Software license License pricing
Apache Kylin Apache Software Foundation [1] 3.1.0 Apache 2.0 free
ClickHouse Yandex [2] 20.5.2.7 Apache 2.0 free
Druid Open source community [3] 0.11.0 Apache 2.0 free
Essbase Oracle [4] 19.3 Proprietary [1]
IBM Cognos TM1 IBM [5] 10.2.2 FP7 Proprietary -
icCube icCube [6] 6.8.9 Proprietary community/[2]
Jedox OLAP Server Jedox [7] 2019.3 Proprietary [3]
Kyvos Kyvos Insights [8] 2020.1 Proprietary -
Microsoft Analysis Services Microsoft [9] 2016 Proprietary [4]
Mondrian OLAP server Pentaho [10] 3.7 EPL free
Oracle Database OLAP Option Oracle [11] 11g R2 Proprietary [5]
SAP NetWeaver BW SAP [12] 7.30 Proprietary -
SAS OLAP Server SAS Institute [13] 9.4 Proprietary -

Data storage modes[edit]

OLAP server MOLAP ROLAP HOLAP Offline
Apache Kylin Yes No No Yes
ClickHouse Yes Yes Yes Yes
Druid Yes Yes Yes Yes
Essbase Yes No No
IBM Cognos BI Yes Yes Yes
IBM Cognos TM1 Yes No No Cognos Insight Distributed mode
icCube Yes No No Offline Cubes
Jedox OLAP Server Yes No No No
Kyvos Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Analysis Services Yes Yes Yes Local cubes,
PowerPivot for Excel,
Power BI Desktop
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Yes Yes Yes MicroStrategy Office,
Dynamic Dashboards
Mondrian OLAP server No Yes No
Oracle Database OLAP Option No Yes No
SAP NetWeaver BW Yes Yes No
SAS OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes

APIs and query languages[edit]

APIs and query languages OLAP servers support.

OLAP server XML for Analysis OLE DB for OLAP MDX Stored procedures Custom functions SQL LINQ[14] Visualization JSON REST API
Apache Kylin No No No No Yes Yes Superset, Zeppelin, Tableau, Qlik, Redash, Microsoft Excel Yes Yes
ClickHouse No No No No Yes[15] Yes No Superset, Zeppelin, Tableau, Qlik, Redash, DataLens[16] Yes Yes
Druid No No No No Yes Druid SQL No Superset, Pivot, Redash Yes Yes
Essbase Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes SmartView (Excel-AddIn), Oracle Analytics Cloud, Narrative Reporting ? ?
IBM Cognos TM1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes TM1 Web/TM1 Contributor, IBM Cognos Insight, IBM Performance Modeler, IBM Cognos Cafe for Excel, Cognos BI, TM1 Perspectives for Excel Yes Yes
icCube Yes Yes Yes Java,[17] R[18] Yes In the reporting Yes icCube reporting and all XMLA compliant visualization tools like Excel, etc Yes Yes
Jedox OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes Cube Rules, SVS Triggers Yes No Yes Microsoft Excel, Qlik, Tableau, Jedox Web, Power BI No Yes
Kyvos Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Kyvos Insights, Microsoft Excel, Qlik, Tableau, Power BI, MicroStrategy, IBM Cognos, Business Objects Yes Yes
Microsoft Analysis Services Yes Yes Yes .NET[19] Yes[20] Yes[21] Yes Microsoft Excel, SharePoint, Microsoft Power BI, and 70+ other visualization tools No No
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Dossier, Dashboard, Reports Yes Yes
Mondrian OLAP server Yes Yes[22] Yes Yes Yes[23] Yes Yes Yes[24] ? ?
Oracle Database OLAP Option No Yes[25] Yes[25] Java, PL/SQL, OLAP DML Yes Yes[26] No ? ? ?
SAP NetWeaver BW Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes ? ? ?
SAS OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Web Report Studio ? ?

OLAP distinctive features[edit]

A list of OLAP features that are not supported by all vendors. All vendors support features such as parent-child, multilevel hierarchy, drilldown.

Data processing, management and performance related features:

OLAP server Real Time Write-back Partitioning Usage Based Optimizations Load Balancing and Clustering
Apache Kylin Yes [27] No Yes Yes Yes
ClickHouse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Druid Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Essbase Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IBM Cognos BI Yes No Yes Yes ?
IBM Cognos TM1 Yes Yes Yes ? ?
icCube Yes[28] Yes[29] Yes[30] ? ?
Jedox OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Kyvos Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Analysis Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server ? Yes[31] Yes Yes Yes
Mondrian OLAP server Yes Planned Yes ? ?
Oracle Database OLAP Option ? Yes Yes No ?
SAP NetWeaver BW ? Yes Yes ? ?
SAS OLAP Server ? Yes Yes ? ?

Data modeling features:

OLAP server Semi-additive measures Many-to-Many Multi-Cube Model Perspectives KPI Multilingual Named Sets Multi-attribute Hierarchies Actions
Apache Kylin No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
ClickHouse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Druid Yes Yes Yes ? No Yes ? Yes Yes
Essbase Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
IBM Cognos BI Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ?
IBM Cognos TM1 Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
icCube Yes[32] Yes[33] Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ?
Jedox OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Kyvos Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Analysis Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mondrian OLAP server Yes[34] ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Oracle Database OLAP Option Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
SAP NetWeaver BW Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
SAS OLAP Server Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

System limits[edit]

OLAP server # cubes # measures # dimensions # dimensions in cube # hierarchies in dimension # levels in hierarchy # dimension members
Apache Kylin Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
ClickHouse Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Druid Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Essbase[35] Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted 255 255 ? 20,000,000 (ASO), 1,000,000 (BSO)
IBM Cognos TM1 Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted Unrestricted[a] 256 Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted Unrestricted
icCube 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647
Jedox OLAP Server (32 bits) (32 bits) 250
Kyvos Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted Unrestricted
Microsoft Analysis Services[36] 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 (max. number of dimensions in a database) 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647 (xOLAP)

Unrestricted (In-memory)

MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted[a] ? Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted[a] Unrestricted[a]
SAS OLAP Server[37] Unrestricted[a] 1024 128 ? 128 19 4,294,967,296
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Please update as 'unrestricted', is just not possible

Security[edit]

OLAP server Authentication Network encryption On-the-Fly[a] Data access
Cell security Dimension security Visual totals
Apache Kylin LDAP, SAML, Kerboros, Microsoft Active Directory SSL Yes No No ?
ClickHouse Built-in, LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory; Kerberos in development SSL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Druid Druid Database authentication SSL Yes No Yes No
Essbase Essbase authentication, LDAP authentication, Microsoft Active Directory SSL Yes Yes Yes No
IBM Cognos TM1 Builtin, LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory, NTLM, IBM Cognos BI authentication SSL Yes Yes Yes Yes
icCube HTTP Basic/Form Authentication, Windows SSO (NTLM,Kerberos), Plugin Based for Embedded Usage SSL Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jedox OLAP Server Jedox authentication, LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory SSL Yes Yes Yes ?
Kyvos Built-in, LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory, SAML, Windows SSO (NTLM, Kerberos) SSL Yes Yes Yes No
Microsoft Analysis Services NTLM, Kerberos SSL and SSPI Yes Yes Yes Yes
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Host authentication, database authentication, LDAP,
Microsoft Active Directory, NTLM, SiteMinder, Tivoli, SAP, Kerberos
SSL, AES[38] ? Yes Yes Yes
Oracle Database OLAP Option Oracle Database authentication SSL ? Yes Yes No
SAS OLAP Server[39] Host authentication,SAS token authentication, LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory Yes[40] ? Yes Yes Yes
  1. ^ On-the-Fly : The ability to define authentication dynamically via programmatic interfaces. New users do not require restarting the server or redefining the security.

Operating systems[edit]

The OLAP servers can run on the following operating systems:

OLAP server Windows Linux UNIX z/OS AIX
Apache Kylin No Yes Yes No No
ClickHouse No Yes Yes No No
Druid No Yes Yes
Essbase Yes Yes Yes No Yes
IBM Cognos TM1 Yes Yes Yes No Yes
icCube Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jedox OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes No
Kyvos No Yes Yes No No
Microsoft Analysis Services Yes No No No
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mondrian OLAP server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oracle Database OLAP Option Yes Yes Yes Yes
SAP NetWeaver BW Yes Yes Yes Yes
SAS OLAP Server Yes Yes Yes Yes

Note (1):The server availability depends on Java Virtual Machine not on the operating system

Support information[edit]

OLAP server Issue Tracking System Roadmap Source code
Apache Kylin Jira Open
ClickHouse ClickHouse – Github Issues ClickHouse Roadmap Open
Druid Druid – Github Issues Open
Essbase myOracle Support [6] Closed
IBM Cognos TM1 IBM Service Request Closed
icCube YouTrack Closed
Jedox OLAP Server Mantis Available upon request Open
Kyvos Zendesk Available upon request Open
Microsoft Analysis Services Connect - Closed
MicroStrategy Intelligence Server MicroStrategy Resource Center - Closed
Mondrian OLAP server Jira [7] Open
Oracle Database OLAP Option myOracle Support Closed
SAP NetWeaver BW OSS [8] Closed
SAS OLAP Server Support Closed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "icCube Partitioning".
  31. ^ "Common Extensions of the MicroStrategy Platform". Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
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  37. ^ "SAS OLAP Cube Size Specifications".
  38. ^ "MicroStrategy Intelligence Server Features". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  39. ^ "SAS OLAP Security Totals and Permission Conditions".
  40. ^ "How to Change Over-the-Wire Encryption Settings for SAS Servers".