Visualizing OrientDB with KeyLines

19th May, 2015

As more and more businesses wake up to the opportunity buried in their connected data, interest in graph databases has sky rocketed.

The availability of an efficient way to store and query connected data has made graph databases a viable option for a range of tasks that would previously have required massive computational resource.

As with all great things, however, there is a limitation to what they can do.

Graph databases, whilst highly optimized for connections, are generally not good for documents. A deployment requiring both would normally need some kind of integration (e.g. Neo4j with MongoDB).

On the other hand, relational and document stores are great for documents, but fairly awful with connected data. The workaround here is a painful combination of foreign keys and expensive join operations.

Connections and documents without a tradeoff?

One potential solution to these woes is OrientDB.

Describing itself as “the first multi-model open source NoSQL DBMS”, OrientDB has full native graph capabilities, but also features you would normally only find in document databases. In theory, it can replace products in Graph, Document, Key/Value, or Object categories.

Like other graph databases, OrientDB stores data as nodes and edges. Data can be stored with or without a schema (or with a partial schema) and relationships can be traversed at lightning speed. However it can also embed documents, meaning they can effectively be stored, not just connected.

OrientDB visualizationVisualizing OrientDB

Download our Getting Started Guide for step-by-step instructions on hooking KeyLines up to your OrientDB database.

Download Getting Started Guide

Getting Started Guide Contents


  • What is a graph database?
  • What is OrientDB?
  • Why visualize OrientDB?

Visualization Architecture

  • Benefits of the KeyLines/OrientDB architecture

Getting started with KeyLines

  • Connecting your OrientDB database to KeyLines
  • Embed KeyLines in a web page
  • Querying your OrientDB database
  • Parse the result into KeyLines’ JSON format
  • Layout the graph
  • Customize your chart

Example: An OrientDB / KeyLines demo

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