Production ready yet?

OrientDB finally gets 1.0 release

Chris Mayer

The ‘deeply scalable’ document-graph database has long been lurking around, but after length delays finally

After spending a year on the sidelines, the team behind deeply scalable document-graph DBMS OrientDB have awoken from the perceived dormancy to deliver OrientDB 1.0 – a monumental moment in their history.

Orient Technologies‘ open source, 100% pure-Java NoSQL database management system was one of the first onto the case for the next-generation of database models, initially releasing the Java version back in 2010. You can go back even further to 1998 for the first appearance of OrientDB based on C++. Surprisingly despite being around for a long time and having a very committed community, OrientDB has yet to reach a stable 1.0 version. Until now.

The Google Groups announcement details what is new in this version, whilst also thanking the team of 17 community members as well as the four core committers. Changes include a new Multi-Master Replication architecture and a new lightweight Object Database interface which is better equipped to handle lazy loading. We can expect improved OSGi support as well as more than 40 bugs fixed.

OrientDB is primed to deal with huge amounts of documents, being that it forms the core of Orient products. The team have made bold claims before, saying that ‘A single server [of OrientDB handles the same] work [as] about 125 servers running MySQL’ and their website claims that it can store up to 150,000 documents per second, or amass 10 billion documents per day. A mind-boggling amount.

The flexibility in working with OrientDB is vast as well – it handles ACID transactions, indexing, fluent, and SQL-like queries and can also work in schema-full, schema-less or somewhere in between mode. It’s web ready through HTTP, RESTful and JSON.

In a way we’re glad they’ve taken a long time to mull over the product – it really is a wonderful piece of work, lovingly crafted and not pushed out as an express product. We just hope it can gain the traction and adoption it rightly deserves. Neo4j remains king in the graph NoSQL ballpark currently, can OrientDB usurp it? Download it here at the Google Code home and you’d be wise to read the Getting Started guide before jumping in too quickly.

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