All ETL tool comparison

Airbyte vs. Matillion

Everything you need to know if you’re inquiring about both data integration / ELT tools. Compare data sources and destinations, features, pricing and more. Understand their differences and pros / cons.

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About the services

About Airbyte

Airbyte is the leading open-source ELT tool, created in July 2020. As of September 2021, they have built over 120 data connectors, and have 5,000 companies using them to sync data. Their ambition is to commoditize data integration by addressing the long tail of connectors through their growing contributor community. Airbyte released a Cloud offer in October 2021 with an infrastructure-type pricing model.

About Matillion

Matillion is a self-hosted ETL solution, created in 2011. It supports about 100 connectors and provides all extract, load and transform features. Matillion is used by 450 companies in 40 countries. Being self-hosted means that Matillion ensures your data doesn’t leave your infrastructure. You might have to pay for several Matillion instances if you’re multi-cloud. 

Features

Focus

ELT as a first step.
Reverse-ETL coming in 2022.

Data ingestion, data transformation, and business intelligence.

Sources

More than 120.
Goal is 200 by end of 2021.

More than 100.

Destinations

All data warehouses, lakes and databases.

All major data warehouses, lakes and databases.

Customizability of connectors

User can edit any pre-built connectors and build new ones within 2 hours with Airbyte’s Connector Development Kit.

No.

Database replication

Full table and incremental via change data capture.

Pricing adapted for this use case.

Full table and incremental via SELECT/replication key, timestamp or change data capture for AWS-hosted Matillion ETL instances.

Integration with data stack

Integrate deeply with Kubernetes, Airflow and dbt. 

Airbyte will soon integrate with Prefect, Dagster, Great Expectations, and more. Integrations can be contributed by the community.

No.

Support SLAs

Available

Available

Security certifications

SOC 2

GDPR

Vendor lock-in

Airbyte Core and Connectors are open source.

Annual contracts. Self-hosting implies a higher lock-in.

Purchase process

Self-service or sales for Airbyte Cloud.

Open-source edition deployable in minutes.

Sales only.

Pricing

Infrastructure pricing based on compute time and egress cost. Credits are rolled over. 

Based on the number of Virtual Core Hours used. 

API

Available through Airbyte Cloud and Airbyte’s open-source edition. 

No.

Connectors

Pre-built connectors are the primary way to differentiate ETL / ELT solutions, as they enable data teams to focus only on the insights to build.

Airbyte

Within 14 months from inception, Airbyte already offers connectors for more than 120 data sources, and all major data warehouses, lakes and databases as data destinations. 

All Airbyte connectors are open sourced and can be edited to address any custom needs the customers have. Airbyte users can leverage these connectors through the open-source edition or the Cloud offer. 

Airbyte’s Connector Development Kit also enables their users to build custom connectors in a standardized way within 2 hours (instead of 2 days), and the Airbyte team and community can help in their maintenance. 

About 30% of the connectors have been contributed by the growing community. Airbyte will provide a SLA for the certified connectors, but Airbyte’s ambition is also to provide a SLA for other connectors through the community and its participative model on the long tail of connectors, and to reach 1,000+ connectors in the next few years. 

Airbyte will offer reverse-ETL connectors in 2022. 

Matillion

Matillion integrates with about 100 data sources. Customers can request Matillion to build a new data source, but no one outside the company can build new data sources or make improvements to existing sources. 

Matillion only supports Redshift, Snowflake, BigQuery, Azure Synapse Analytics and Delta Lake as destinations.

Transformation

Airbyte

Airbyte is an ELT tool, and does not transform data prior to loading. Airbyte offers two options to get your data out of the box: a serialized JSON object and the normalized version of the record as tables.

Airbyte also offers custom transformations via SQL and through deep integration with dbt, allowing their users and customers to trigger their own dbt packages at the destination level right after the EL. 

Matillion

Matillion offers post-load transformations through what it calls Transformation Components. Users can create Transformation Components via point-and-click selection or by writing them in SQL. 

Matillion does not support external transformation tools, such as dbt.

Customizability

Every company has custom data architectures and, therefore, unique data integration needs. A lot of tools don’t enable teams to address those, which results in a lot of investment in building and maintaining additional in-house scripts. 

Airbyte

Airbyte’s architecture modularity implies that you can leverage any part of Airbyte. For instance, you can use Airflow’s orchestrator to trigger Airbyte’s ELT jobs. 

You can also edit any pre-built connectors to your own specific needs, or even leverage the Connector Development Kit to build your own custom connectors in a matter of hours (instead of days) and have its maintenance shared with the community and the Airbyte team. 

Airbyte’s promise is to address all your ELT needs and the long tail of integrations. 

Matillion

Matillion doesn’t provide any customizability, unfortunately. 

Support & docs

Data integration tools can be complex, so customers need to have great support channels. This includes online documentation as well as tutorials, email and chat support. More complicated tools may also offer training services.

Airbyte

Airbyte provides chat support directly on their web app, with an average time to respond of 1 hour. 

Their documentation is comprehensive and full of tutorials. 

Airbyte also has a Slack and Discourse community where help is available from the Airbyte team, other users or contributors.

Airbyte does not provide any training services. 

Matillion

Matillion provides support through an online ticketing system accessible through a support portal or via email. 

Documentation relies on articles accessible through the support portal. 

Matillion does not have any Slack or Discourse community to provide help. 

The company doesn't provide training services, but tutorial videos can be found on YouTube.

Pricing

Airbyte

Airbyte provides a one-month free trial or $400 worth of credits, whichever expires first. Airbyte’s pricing is credit-based, and you consume credits based on compute time and, to a lesser extent, egress costs. Airbyte positions itself as a self-service infrastructure company. 

This pricing structure adapts well to all use cases, including database replication. 

Airbyte doesn’t charge for failed syncs or normalization. 

Airbyte offers adapted pricing to customers with large volumes. 

Matillion

Matillion offers a 14-day free trial. Its pricing depends on the cloud platform on which the customer's data warehouse runs. 

The pricing model is based on Virtual Core Hours, which will depend on the instance size customers run. Annual billing plans are available with discounts.

Don't trust our word, trust theirs!

"Airbyte is a very promising solution for the single point of data integration. We continuously migrate our connectors from our existing solution to Airbyte as they became available on Airbyte, and look forward to the release of Airbyte Cloud!"
Apostol Tegko
Data Analyst at Fnatic
"Airbyte has cut months of man hours off of our ELT pipeline development and delivered usable data to us in hours instead of weeks. We are excited for the future of Airbyte, enthusiastic about their approach, and optimistic about our future together."
Micah Mangione
Director of Technology at Cart.com
“I was blown away by how easy it was to get started with Airbyte. My developers are not proficient about data systems but were able to adapt a Singer tap for a missing integration in 25 mins. Because Airbyte is so simple to use, I was able to avoid a planned data engineer hire.​”
Jins Kadwood
CTO at AgriDigital

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