Graph database vendors: Who they are, what they do and who their customers are

Here are the big players in the small but growing graph database vendor space, from open source to Oracle


Graph databases are growing in popularity in the enterprise space. According to Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna in his market overview the graph database market is "embryonic but will grow significantly”.

Read first: What is a graph database? Vendors, use cases and customers explained

Gartner started including graph database vendors in its magic quadrant for operational database management systems (ODBMS) in 2014 with the inclusion of Neo4j and GraphDB and also expects to see more entrants in the coming years.

A quick recap on what a graph database is first:

A graph database is a flavour of NoSQL database built upon graph theory, an academic computer science methodology which plots data points, known as objects or nodes, and the connections between them on a 'graph'. So, where a traditional, relational database stores data in rows and columns, a NoSQL database stores large sets of unstructured data. A graph database goes a step further by including the connections between those data points, essentially building up a network of data.

Here are some of the leading graph database providers in the market right now, from open source to established vendors and a few noteworthy pilots worth keeping an eye on…