MongoDB vs Cassandra – The Next Generation NOSQL Enterprise Database Environments

Cloud era is bringing new and improvised technologies across the IT landscape. Information technology has come a long way from traditional RDBMS to NOSQL databases. Couple of interesting NOSQL databases that have grown over the past twelve months and have interesting applicability include MongoDB and Cassandra.

MongoDB features JSON-like documents and fluid features that help make integrations with various application easier than before.

On the other hand Cassandra is a DBMS designed to handle large amounts of data at a single instance of time. Business and IT teams today need to evaluate between both these database platforms today and especially compare how their individual native features will be applicable to their business..

Talking About Similarities – MongoDB and Cassandra

Open-Source and OS Compatibility – To begin with, both MongoDB and Cassandra are open-source, with plenty of development support from their respective communities. Moreover they both support Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows OS. Businesses now extend additional life out of your old or existing hardware without any issues.

API’s and Other Access Methods and Support for Multiple Programming Languages – Both MongoDB and Cassandra are proprietary protocol – while MongoDB uses JSON. They both support wide variety of programming languages such as Ruby on Rails, C#, Java/J2EE and many more. What this gives to the developer world is that you won’t need to learn an entirely new programming language if you ever want to switch from MongoDB to Cassandra or vice-versa. Learning curves are highly reduced.

Partitioning Methods – The methods include sharding (horizontal partitioning) with no single point of failure. The methods ensure consistency across information residing in the database for maximum effectiveness.

Citing the Differences – MongoDB and Cassandra

No matter how we innovate, no two products are similar. Key difference being defining user access rights – In Cassandra, access rights for individual users are defined per object by the administrator. In MongoDB, users can be defined by the administrator with either full access or “read only” access, meaning that they can access information but cannot make any changes, and hence limits the number of users who can make changes to the DB in MongoDB. On the other hand Cassandra enables to provide permissions to any user by the DBA, which further allows to a more collaborative experience.

Another difference of utmost importance is that Cassandra does not support server side scripting whereas MongoDB does. MongoDB also supports a larger number of programming languages than Cassandra, including languages such as LISP, Lua, MatLab, Groovy, PowerShell, Cold Fusion and more.

Server side scripts are beneficial because the script will be executed prior to the moment when the server responds to the client user’s request. This can make for an ideal situation to both provide a unique interface for the client to use and to limit a client’s access to certain elements of the database in general.


Knowing the popularity and growth for both these databases, Amzur Technologies, believes choosing one of them as your next DB environment, to build phenomenal apps on the web. Easy adaptability, flexibility across multiple programming languages, enterprise level performance are few features that place these DB environments in the forefront of their competitors.

Our DBA expert team can help you with your next migration or development on MongoDB or Cassandra. Reach out to the Amzur team today !