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Alternative to MongoDB for Blob Data

· 9 min read
Anthony Cavin
Data Scientist - ML/AI, Python, TypeScript

ReductStore vs MongoDB

In edge computing, managing time series blob data efficiently is critical for performance-sensitive applications. This blog post will compare ReductStore, a specialized time series database for unstructured data, and MongoDB, a widely-used NoSQL database.

Using Docker containers for straightforward setup, we'll examine the speed of each system. We'll go through setting up ReductStore buckets and preparing MongoDB collections, focusing on how to effectively store and access blob data for time series scenarios.

By conducting performance tests on binary data insertion and retrieval, we aim to provide insights into which system might best serve your application's needs.

For those interested in replicating our benchmarks or conducting their own evaluations, we've made our methods easily accessible through this repository.


Alternative to TimescaleDB for Blob Data

· 7 min read
Alexey Timin
Software Engineer - Database, Rust, C++

Get history of blobs with TimescaleDB

TimescaleDB is an open-source time-series database optimized for fast ingest and complex queries. It is engineered up from PostgreSQL and offers the power, reliability, and ease-of-use of a relational database, combined with the scalability typically seen in NoSQL systems. It is particularly suited for storing and analyzing things that happen over time, such as metrics, events, and real-time analytics.

Since TimescaleDB is based on PostgreSQL, it supports blob data and can be used to store a history of unstructured data such as images, binary sensor data, or large text documents. In this article, we will use the database as a time-series blob storage and compare its performance with ReductStore, which is designed specifically for this use case.

TimescaleDB and ReductStore both have Python Client SDKs. We'll create simple Python functions to read and write data, then compare performance with different blob sizes. To repeat these benchmarks on your own machine, use this repository.


Performance comparison: ReductStore Vs. Minio

· 7 min read
Alexey Timin
Software Engineer - Database, Rust, C++

In this article, we will compare two data storage solutions: ReductStore and Minio. Both offer on-premise blob storage, but they approach it differently. Minio provides traditional S3-like blob storage, while ReductStore is a time series database designed to store a history of blob data. We will focus on their application in scenarios that require storage and access to a history of unstructured data. This includes images from a computer vision camera, vibration sensor data, or binary packages common in industrial data.

Handling Historical Data

S3-like blob storage is commonly used to store data of different formats and sizes in the cloud or internal storage. It can also accommodate historical data as a series of blobs. A simple approach is to create a folder for each data source and save objects with timestamps in their names: