GigaOm talks about InfiniteGraph and NOSQLTapes

Here’s another piece from GigaOm’s Derrick Harris, who is diving into NOSQL’s new and innovative solutions, from both a technology and business perspective.

The challenge for NoSQL members going forward — if they care to — will be to keep the community spirit strong as commercial interests grow even stronger. Given the relative immaturity of the market, there’s certainly something to be said about maintaining the communal vibe and openly discussing their various projects in mass meetups in Silicon Valley and across the country. A rising tide lifts all boats, after all.


GigaOm’s Derrick Harris Discusses Objectivity, InfiniteGraph and NOSQL

Here’s a good writeup from GigaOm, on the NOSQL landscape and Objectivity, Inc.’s graph database offering.

Much of the world still hasn’t caught onto graph databases and how they might be used, but the mania around social networking is changing that fast. Rather than merely inventorying data to serve an application or to or query for analytic purposes, graph databases help their users determine how one piece of data is related to another. In order to capitalize on the moment, Objectivity created InfiniteGraph, an API that sits atop its flagship Objectivity/DB database and turns it into a fully distributed graph database.

InfiniteGraph and NOSQL technologies

Q&A with InfiniteGraph and ODBMS.ORG

InfiniteGraph’s chief architect, Darren Wood, spoke with ODBMS.ORG editor Prof. Roberto V. Zicari last week, about the graph database and NOSQL landscape of technologies.

“Although NoSQL has been broadly categorized as a collection of Graph, Document, Key-Value, and BigTable style data stores, it is really a collection of alternatives which are best defined by the use case for which they are most suited.”

For anyone considering non-relational and alternative technologies for their own applications, this is a great reference piece.


Matt Aslett, Senior Enterprise Software Analyst, The 451 Group, Showcases Objectivity, Inc.’s NOSQL Graph Database, InfiniteGraph.

Report Highlights Wider Demand for Analysis of Relationships and Connections in Complex Data Sets

The 451 Group, a leading independent technology and industry analyst organization focused on innovations supporting the enterprise, has just released a new Market Insight report which highlights the market trends around large-scale graph data processing, and the growing enterprise needs in finding relationships and connections in professional, social and other complex, interrelated data.

The report provides details on the development and recent history of Objectivity, Inc.’s distributed graph database product, InfiniteGraph, highlights use cases the company has gathered since InfiniteGraph was released last year, and goes on to identify the trends and competitive landscape that suggest clear and significant market needs for graph database technology.

Objectivity, Inc. has proven deployments and a strong history helping leading organizations address their high-performance, high-volume, and mission-critical application requirements. The company’s expertise is in supporting capabilities extending far beyond those of traditional database technologies.

InfiniteGraph is drawing attention from social-networking services, government and intelligence customers, enterprise tool providers with systems dependent on the mapping of entities and their relationships, and a wider range of applications from corporate human resource management, enterprise business intelligence, and predictive analytics, to network activity monitoring, analysis and response.

To read the full report, please visit The 451 Group’s Information Management portal, here:

InfiniteGraph Announces Release 1.1 with New Indexing Options and Improved Performance

New options and updates will significantly improve speed of applications developed on InfiniteGraph, the distributed graph database. Read More »

InfiniteGraph 1.1 released today with new indexing options and improved performance

InfiniteGraph 1.1, the distributed graph database, was released today with a new indexing framework that gives users greater performance on indexing, data ingest and lookups. The improvements will help developers more quickly develop and deploy with InfiniteGraph, to process larger graph datasets and collections.

How much faster is this version? We’ve seen 100x faster performance in some scenarios, such as processing multiple indexed fields with large index sizes.

The InfiniteGraph roadmap continues to emphasize performance and support for the requirements of developers and system architects who are leading enterprise and mission-critical government projects. In the six months since InfiniteGraph concluded its beta phase and released the first GA version of the product, the company and project team have been hard at work, gathering feedback and use cases from evaluators and developers. Much of this feedback has centered around the importance of indexing performance and the limitations of other indexing mechanisms.

The organizations currently looking at InfiniteGraph, are doing so because they understand how this technology could help them get to the real value they seek — the fast analysis of the relationships within their data” says Darren Wood, InfiniteGraph’s chief architect. “There are other graph products available today, but what is drawing developers and architects to InfiniteGraph, is our focus on performance and the requirements at the higher end of systems and use cases our company has a long history of solving.

InfiniteGraph’s graph processing strengths are well suited to many applications, including those in intelligence, internet systems and services around social media, location based networking and personalization, discovering networks of people that have business, influence or other value, analysis of financial transactions to detect and prevent fraud, and in adding new capabilities to enterprise business intelligence (BI) systems.

Future plans…

InfiniteGraph’s product roadmap and a series of releases planned for 2011 include additional data ingest improvements, and parallel ingest capabilities to make the most of InfiniteGraph’s distributed processing strengths. The product team is also working with the open source Blueprints project, to provide an interface to InfiniteGraph, and which will enable connections to several other tools that aid in graph access, query, analysis and manipulation. These include Gremlin (a graph traversal language), and Rexster (which would add a RESTful interface to InfiniteGraph). Faster graph processing, range querying and geo-hashed indexes are also slated for upcoming releases within this same timeframe. Additionally, options will be made available for developers to relax InfiniteGraph’s fully ACID compliant consistency model, to allow reduced contention and significantly speed performance as per their particular requirements.

The InfiniteGraph team has been very excited to be involved in, and help support, many of the developer community efforts and discussions around new, alternative and NOSQL technologies. We see companies and projects every day that simply don’t know they can actually solve their big data challenges. The more we can help spread the word, the better for them, and all the other technologies in this space.

A note for evaluators: We have flexible evaluation, licensing and usage options. Many of the more interesting use cases we’re seeing are coming from new ventures and startups with limited finances. Again, anyone interested may evaluate InfiniteGraph for free. If our product aligns with your long term technical requirements, let us know. We will work with you to determine the license and pricing options best suited to your short term needs, and long term success.

We also invite developers to join our free InfiniteGraph Startup Program. The Startup Program allows qualified new companies to use InfiniteGraph on any virtualized cloud platform or distributed environment of their choosing, without any cost for the technology, other than the various cloud providers’ standard usage fees. Our field engineers will work with you to create the machine image you need, on the cloud platform of your choice.

About InfiniteGraph

InfiniteGraph is a distributed, scalable graph database and developer API which enables large-scale graph processing, data analytics and discovery in systems and services developed around social networking, business intelligence, scientific research, national security and other advanced, mission critical requirements. InfiniteGraph offers a unique, graph database solution based on a highly-scalable, distributed data persistence technology that has been deployed in some of the most advanced and mission-critical enterprise and government systems in operation today. Organizations can use this solution to discover complex relationships in their data and develop applications with significant time-to-market advantages and technical cost savings. For more information, visit

About Objectivity, Inc.

Objectivity, Inc. is a leader in distributed, scalable data management technology, and provides the core technology for InfiniteGraph. The company’s patented distributed data engine and persistent object store is the enabling technology within many markets, powering some of the most complex applications and mission critical systems used in commercial, enterprise, government and research organizations today. Objectivity, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA. Contact Objectivity, Inc. online at, or call (408) 992-7100 for more information.


The NOSQL Tapes are here!

Tim Anglade has just released the video archives of interviews and NOSQL events we helped to sponsor over a 10 week period from October to December 2010. Here’s the website:

We’re at the Cloud Expo West in Santa Clara, CA.

Come see us in Booth 312 at Cloud Expo West, and hear Mark Maagdenberg’s talk Wednesday on distributed data management.

We’ll also be at QConSF in San Francisco starting tomorrow and our chief architect Darren Wood is giving a presentation on distributed graphs.

About last night, A NOSQL Evening in Palo Alto

Last night’s meetup, “A NOSQL Evening in Palo Alto” was a great success, with lots of positive feedback from the audience and panelists. Tim Anglade managed to bring together one of the largest speaking panels of NOSQL project leads and technology innovators ever for an event like this.

The format was simple: A round-table discussion among the panel, with as much audience participation and questions as possible. No slide presentations or marketing pitches. Representatives of different projects of course highlighted their respective strengths when answering some related questions, but in a way that was appropriate to the conversation and audience expectations.

Throughout the evening, the discussion was mostly focused on the reasons why end-users are beginning to adopt new technologies. The panelists talked about how demand is driving innovation, and that many requirements are not – or not easily – supported by traditional relational technologies. It’s difficult diving too deep into technical details in this setting, but the overall discussion was informative, and gave everyone a chance to hear the latest perspectives.

Panelists included technology leaders from 10gen (a MongoDB company), Basho (open source internet scale data store), CouchOne (mobile database), Cloudant (CouchDB hosting), Cloudera (enterprise Apache Hadoop), GoGrid (cloud hosting), us — InfiniteGraph (distributed graph database), membase (distributed key-value database), Riptano (professional Cassandra support and training), and Scality (massively scalable email and media storage solution).

Everyone played nice most of the time. 🙂 Actually, the evening’s only “controversy” came from some interjections by Ben Black from his front row, center audience seat during the first half — but overall, his comments and few questions were viewed favorably by most everyone. Others in the audience did a good job of making their points and asking questions throughout the evening. Honestly, these kinds of events can get a bit boring when everyone holds hands and sings kumbaya all night. Ben and other attendees had important points to make, and the event format was very accommodating to letting everyone speak their minds.

The panel brought together 10 technology leaders from projects and companies that are familiar to many in this space, from key-value stores to mobile data, cloud hosting platforms, and our own Darren Wood talking about graph databases. Emil Eifrem was in the front row of the audience, and we were hoping more graph-computing related questions would be posed to both of us.

In hindsight, we should have made sure Emil had a spot on the panel. We were trying to get one panelist for each type of solution – but many of those technologies have a key-value component, which of course got a lot of attention during the evening’s discussion. Emil, Darren and possibly other graph projects up there would have helped draw more of the discussion towards graph problem-sets, which Darren nicely pointed out are often different than those faced by users of key-value stores. Regardless, the mix and range of questions was fantastic – and Tim did a great job in keeping the Q&A on track.

The NOSQL Evening in Palo Alto and Tim Anglade provided a great overall discussion of the NOSQL movement, the history and future opportunities for all projects and vendors represented directly on the panel, and all the others referenced by the overall discussion. There are a LOT of alternative technology projects out there today – and we only had space for 10 people on the panel. I hope everyone – even those not there – felt the discussion helped their cause. I know we feel that way, and were very proud to have helped organize this event.

Also very much enjoyed the off-conference conversations during the first social hour, at the break, and among the group that came to dinner with us afterwards. It was good to hear more from the panelists, and others who joined us – including Alex Popescu, Derek Stainer, some very smart guys from Facebook and NetFlix, and others who are using new ideas to build amazing new things.

We look forward to the next discussions and events that promote the benefits of NOSQL and alternative solutions. This movement is about helping people solve various problems with the most appropriate tools available from the open source and commercial toolbox, and we are proud to have helped sponsor and support this event.

Best regards,

Thomas Krafft


By the way, we recorded video from the evening, and should have it available here within a week or two. We’ll keep you posted!

Archived Webinar: New Data Technologies, Graph Computing and Relationship Analytics in the Enterprise

The video recording and slide decks from our recent webinar, New Data Technologies, Graph Computing and Relationship Analytics in the Enterprise, are now available below.

This webinar was held on October 7, 2010, and explores the world of emerging and alternative technologies that are powering the most advanced innovations of today and tomorrow. Presenters provided information to help software developers and system architects understand how and when to leverage a new class of “NoSQL” (or “Not Only SQL”) alternatives to traditional relational database technologies, in support of the advanced requirements of next generation services and application architectures.

Recorded webinar (< 1 hour)
New Data Technologies, Graph Computing and Relationship Analytics in the Enterprise


Slides: Graph Computing and Relationship Discovery in the Enterprise

Presented by Carl Olofson – Research Vice President, Database Management and Data Integration Software for IDC (International Data Corporation)


Slides: Graph Databases – What’s So Different?

Darren Wood – Chief Architect, InfiniteGraph