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System Properties Comparison Graph Engine vs. GraphDB vs. Microsoft Azure SQL Database vs. RDF4J vs. Stardog

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NameGraph Engine infoformer name: Trinity  Xexclude from comparisonGraphDB infoformer name: OWLIM  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Azure SQL Database infoformerly SQL Azure  Xexclude from comparisonRDF4J infoformerly known as Sesame  Xexclude from comparisonStardog  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionA distributed in-memory data processing engine, underpinned by a strongly-typed RAM store and a general distributed computation engineEnterprise RDF and graph database with efficient reasoning, cluster and external index synchronization supportDatabase as a Service offering with high compatibility to Microsoft SQL ServerRDF4J is a Java framework for processing RDF data, supporting both memory-based and a disk-based storage.Enterprise Knowledge Graph and graph DBMS with high availability and high performance reasoning
Primary database modelGraph DBMS
Key-value store
Graph DBMS
RDF store
Relational DBMSRDF storeGraph DBMS
RDF store
Secondary database modelsDocument store
Graph DBMS
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Score0.58
Rank#197  Overall
#16  Graph DBMS
#33  Key-value stores
Score1.14
Rank#137  Overall
#8  Graph DBMS
#5  RDF stores
Score28.20
Rank#25  Overall
#14  Relational DBMS
Score0.39
Rank#220  Overall
#10  RDF stores
Score0.81
Rank#165  Overall
#13  Graph DBMS
#7  RDF stores
Websitewww.graphengine.iographdb.ontotext.comazure.microsoft.com/­en-us/­services/­sql-databaserdf4j.orgwww.stardog.com
Technical documentationwww.graphengine.io/­docs/­manualgraphdb.ontotext.com/­documentationdocs.microsoft.com/­en-us/­azure/­sql-databasedocs.rdf4j.orgwww.stardog.com/­docs
DeveloperMicrosoftOntotextMicrosoftSince 2016 officially forked into an Eclipse project, former developer was Aduna Software.Stardog-Union
Initial release20102000201020042010
Current release8.8, January 2019V126.2.3, July 2019
License infoCommercial or Open SourceOpen Source infoMIT Licensecommercial infolimited edition freecommercialOpen Source infoEclipse Distribution License (EDL), v1.0.commercial info60-day fully-featured trial license; 1-year fully-featured non-commercial use license for academics/students
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenono infoNamed S4, Ontotext provides a semantic graph database based on GraphDB in the cloud.yesnono
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation language.NET and CJavaC++JavaJava
Server operating systems.NETAll OS with a Java VM
Linux
OS X
Windows
hostedLinux
OS X
Unix
Windows
Linux
macOS
Windows
Data schemeyesschema-free and OWL/RDFS-schema supportyesyes infoRDF Schemasschema-free and OWL/RDFS-schema support
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyesyesyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.nonoyesno infoImport/export of XML data possible
Secondary indexesyes, supports real-time synchronization and indexing in SOLR/Elastic search/Lucene and GeoSPARQL geometry data indexesyesyesyes infosupports real-time indexing in full-text and geospatial
SQL infoSupport of SQLnoSPARQL is used as query languageyesnoSPARQL is used as query language
APIs and other access methodsRESTful HTTP APIGeoSPARQL
Java API
RDF4J API
RIO
Sail API
Sesame REST HTTP Protocol
SPARQL 1.1
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
Java API
RIO infoRDF Input/Output
Sail API
SeRQL infoSesame RDF Query Language
Sesame REST HTTP Protocol
SPARQL
GraphQL query language
HTTP API
Jena RDF API
OWL
RDF4J API
Sesame REST HTTP Protocol
SNARL
SPARQL
Spring Data
Stardog Studio
TinkerPop 3
Supported programming languagesC#
C++
F#
Visual Basic
.Net
C#
Clojure
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
Scala
.Net
C#
Java
JavaScript (Node.js)
PHP
Python
Ruby
Java
PHP
Python
.Net
Clojure
Groovy
Java
JavaScript
Python
Ruby
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresyesJava Server PluginTransact SQLyesuser defined functions and aggregates, HTTP Server extensions in Java
Triggersnonoyesyesyes infovia event handlers
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodeshorizontal partitioningnonenonenone
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesMaster-master replicationyes, with always 3 replicas availablenoneMaster-master replication in HA-Cluster
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnononono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency, Eventual consistency (configurable in cluster mode per master or individual client request)Immediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency in HA-Cluster
Foreign keys infoReferential integritynoyes infoConstraint checkingyesyes inforelationships in graphs
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datanoACIDACIDACID infoIsolation support depends on the API usedACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentoptional: either by committing a write-ahead log (WAL) to the local persistent storage or by dumping the memory to a persistent storageyesyesyes infoin-memory storage is supported as wellyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yesyes
User concepts infoAccess controlyesfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardnoAccess rights for users and roles
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Graph Engine infoformer name: TrinityGraphDB infoformer name: OWLIMMicrosoft Azure SQL Database infoformerly SQL AzureRDF4J infoformerly known as SesameStardog
Specific characteristicsGraphDB Enterprise is a high-performance semantic repository created by Ontotext....
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Stardog is a knowledge graph platform backed by a performant, scalable graph database....
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Competitive advantagesGraphDB allows you to link text and data in big knowledge graphs. It’s easy to experiment...
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Stardog is uniquely designed to aid in data integration for your complex data. Benefits...
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Typical application scenariosMetadata enrichment and management, linked open data publishing, semantic inferencing...
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Stardog is frequently used for: Anti-money laundering & fraud monitoring Customer...
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Key customersBBC, Press Association, Financial Times, DK, Euromoney, The British Museum, Getty...
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Bosch, Dow Jones, Elsevier, Ericsson, Morgan Stanley, NASA, NIH, Nokia, Salesforce,...
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Market metricsGraphDB is the most utilized semantic triplestore for mission-critical enterprise...
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Stardog's technology is based on ground-breaking research by our founders cited 10,000+...
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Licensing and pricing modelsGraphDB-Free is free to use. SE and Enterprise are licensed per CPU-Core used. Perpetual...
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A fully-featured 60-day Trial license is available for those testing Stardog; contact...
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