[On-demand demo] Choosing the right feature store: Feast or Tecton? Watch these short demos to understand which is best for your team

[On-demand demo] Choosing the right feature store: Feast or Tecton? Watch these short demos to understand which is best for your team

Open Source Feature Store for Production ML

Feast is a standalone, open-source feature store that organizations use to store and serve features consistently for offline training and online inference.

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Why Implement Feast’s Feature Store in Your Stack?

An open-source solution

Answer your organization’s feature storing and serving needs with Feast’s customizable open-source feature store.

The promise of consistency

Ensure consistency of feature values across training and serving environments, no matter the use case.

An extension to your existing stack

Connect Feast to the infrastructure and tools you already leverage for transformation, storage, monitoring, and modeling.

Stand-alone feature store

Build and manage your data pipelines with your existing tools, and trust Feast to help you store and serve feature values reliably.

Feature Stores or Platforms: What’s Best for You?

Understand the Difference

Teams That Use Feast to Store and Serve Features


What’s the difference between Feast and Tecton?

Feast is an open-source feature store, and Tecton is a managed feature platform. To understand what this means and the differences in capabilities, check out this video overview.

Can I easily upgrade from Feast to a managed feature platform like Tecton?

No. Users cannot natively upgrade their Feast environment to a managed Feature Platform like Tecton. However, Tecton does support importing Feast feature repositories. Feast users can also use this script to convert Feast objects into Tecton objects.

Feast users looking to transition to a managed feature platform like Tecton should also note that because Feast does not support transformations, they will need to either rewrite their transformations in Tecton or have Tecton ingest their features (e.g., via FeatureTable or Tecton’s Ingest API).

Finally, migrating from Feast to Tecton is not a self-serve experience: anyone who wishes to do so will need to work with sales to get MFT access, do initial integration work/load tests, security evals, etc. Tecton still needs to do cluster installs before users can get started on their projects.

Is Feast the unmanaged version of Tecton?

No. Feast is not the unmanaged version of Tecton. Feast and Tecton do not share the same codebase. You can learn more about the differences between Feast and Tecton here.

What is a feature store?

We wrote an article on this! What is a Feature Store?

What is the difference between a feature store and a feature platform?

A feature store serves two purposes:

  • to store features consistently across offline training and online inference environments.
  • to serve features consistently across offline training and online inference environments.


A feature platform is a system that orchestrates existing data infrastructure to continuously transform, store, and serve data for operational or real-time machine learning applications. A feature platform, of which the feature store is a core component, covers the whole feature lifecycle:

  • Feature Design: write feature logic in SQL, PySpark, SnowPark, or Python
  • Feature Repository: manage feature definitions as files in a git-like repository
  • Feature Engine: transform batch, streaming, or real-time data into fresh features
  • Feature Store: store and serve features consistently across offline training and online inference environments
  • Feature Management: discover, use, monitor, and govern end-to-end feature pipelines

Is Feast a feature computation system?

Partially. Feast enables on-demand transformations to generate features that combine request data with precomputed features (e.g. time_since_last_purchase), with plans to allow light-weight feature engineering.

Many users use Feast today in combination with a separate system that computes feature values. Most often, these are pipelines written in SQL (e.g. managed with dbt projects) or a Python Dataframe library and scheduled to run periodically.

If you need a managed feature store that provides feature computation, check out Tecton.

How do I install and run Feast?

Feast is a Python library + optional CLI. You can install it using pip.

You might want to periodically run certain Feast commands (e.g. `feast materialize-incremental`, which updates the online store.) We recommend using schedulers such as Airflow or Cloud Composer for this.

For more details, please see the quickstart guide

What data sources / clouds does Feast support?

Feast supports data sources in all major clouds (AWS, GCP, Azure, Snowflake) and plugins to work with other data sources like Hive.

Feast also manages storing feature data in a more performant online store (e.g. with Redis, DynamoDB, Datastore, Postgres), and enables pushing directly to this (e.g. from streaming sources like Kafka).

See more details at third party integrations

What are best practices for using Feast to power production ML systems?

For guidance on how to structure your feature repos, how to setup regular materialization of feature data, and how to deploy Feast in production, see our guide Running Feast in Production

How performant / scalable is Feast?

Feast is designed to work at scale and support low latency online serving. We support different deployment patterns to meet different operational requirements (see guide)

See our benchmark post (which comes with a benchmark suite on GitHub). In benchmarks, we’ve seen single entity p99 read times to be <10 ms with a Python feature server on Redis and <4 ms with a Go feature server. Feast also is performant (p99 < 20ms in benchmarks) in batch online retrieval.

Who uses Feast?

Gojek, Shopify, Salesforce, Twitter, Postmates, Robinhood, Porch, and Zulily are some examples of teams that are currently using the Feast Feature Store.

Many teams use Feast to support ML use cases like fraud detection or recommender systems. Users range from researchers to smaller teams starting their ML platforms to large mature teams like Twitter / Shopify.

Is Feast a database?

No. Feast is a tool that manages data stored in other systems (e.g. BigQuery, Cloud Firestore, Redshift, DynamoDB). It is not a database, but it helps manage data stored in other systems.