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The leading Location Intelligence for cloud natives. See why modern analytics professionals are making the switch.
Why is CARTO the best Location Intelligence platform?
CARTO vs. Kinetica at a glance
The cloud-native Location Intelligence platform for teams of all sizes
General and geospatial analytics platform using GPU accelerated technologies
Direct cloud connections with no limitations on multiple data warehouses and databases. All queries are run natively on the data warehouse and no data is stored in CARTO.
Data is stored in the GPU powered database. Connection service to data sources via JDBC to replicate data in Kinetica.
CARTO Data Observatory provides over 12,000 public and premium datasets from a variety of vetted data providers.
No data offering.
Analysis is run natively using Spatial SQL directly in the cloud data warehouse environment.
Analysis via SQL statements against the Kinetica proprietary database.
Create cached map tiles using native data warehouse connections in SQL or in the CARTO Workspace UI. Render tiles on the fly within CARTO Builder. Vector tile support and no server callback.
Render tiles using GPU services in Kinetica as an exposed web map service using image/raster tiles.
More than 100 geospatial functions run natively using spatial SQL, directly in the data warehouse connection.
100 plus geospatial functions for basic analysis, measurement, relationships, and geometry construction/accessors using a non-standard function format.
Complete enrichment support for all 12,000+ datasets in the CARTO Data Observatory, including area weighted interpolation.
No data enrichment available.
Fully cloud-native with serverless connections and deployment.
Not cloud-native. Uses a GPU accelerated database hosted within cloud services.
CARTO sets out clear pricing with no hidden fees. Our flexible license model allows for unlimited users and map viewers, without requiring named user accounts.
Deployment requires hefty, fixed cost investment in server infrastructure to support GPU processing, regardless of usage.
SaaS cloud hosted or a self-hosted option deployed with Docker Compose or Kubernetes.
Deployments in Docker, Kubernetes, or Manual. Cloud marketplace options in AWS and Azure.
Vendor Lock In
Data is not stored in CARTO, only returned via API. Flexible enterprise pricing plans, with all inclusive pricing.
Data must be stored in the Kinetica database.
Single API layer used in all platform products.
Multiple APIs, each for individual endpoints.
CARTO uses and contributes to open source libraries such as Deck GL, React, Geoparquet…
Open source version is available with some constraints.
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Easily connect your spatial data
Access more than 12,000 geospatial datasets
Rapidly carry out spatial analysis
SOLUTIONS & VISUALIZATION
Build intuitive Location Intelligence apps
What CARTO customers say
- “CARTO makes map making easy. I can quickly pull the data in, get it on a map, do some light SQL & then share. Collaboration is easy & within a couple of hours we can have a really great visual product to share with decision-makers.”
Associate Data Scientist at Indigo Ag
- “In a competitive landscape we need to be smart about where we place lockers across our estate, ensuring we land in the catchment areas of our target demographics. CARTO has made this a much easier process, both in terms of data & their professional services team.”
Senior Manager Parcel Service & Format Development, ASDA
- “Using CARTO has enabled us to analyze service qualification at a much larger scale due to its comprehensive support for a wide range of functions and libraries including spatial indexes. This is a gamechanger, modernizing our GIS stack.”
Director of Geospatial Engineering & Analytics at T-Mobile