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Search index: Search Option Comparison

Feature Description
Onboarding Does this search option require additional configuration, or can it be used out-of-the-box with the associated graph database?
Fast indexation How fast is indexation? Note that this is a relative metric; while some search options may be faster than others, speed will depend on the complexity of your data model and your hardware limitations.
Automatic index sync Are changes made to the graph DB propagated to the index automatically?
Search scalability How well search queries perform for large graph databases? The actual upper limit on the performance of a given option will vary from vendor to vendor.
Advanced search If advanced search features are available, such as numerical and date range search operators.

Neo4j

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
Embedded Elasticsearch Plug-and-play No No Won't scale beyond ~100M nodes Yes (requires configuration)
External Elasticsearch (v2+) Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration No No Yes (by adding hardware to Elasticsearch cluster) Yes (requires configuration)
Neo4j-to-Elasticsearch Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration + Neo4j plugin installation and configuration Yes (up to 10,000 nodes/second) Yes Yes (by adding hardware to Elasticsearch cluster) Yes
Neo4j Search (pre-3.4) Requires configuration in Neo4j (properties to index must be specified) Yes Yes Limited No

JanusGraph

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
JanusGraph Search Requires configuration in JanusGraph No Yes Yes No
Embedded Elasticsearch Plug-and-play No No Won't scale beyond ~100M nodes Yes (requires configuration)
External Elasticsearch (v2+) Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration No No Yes (by adding hardware to Elasticsearch cluster) Yes (requires configuration)

JanusGraph on Compose.com

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
Embedded Elasticsearch Plug-and-play No No Won't scale beyond ~100M nodes Yes (requires configuration)
External Elasticsearch (v2+) Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration No No Yes (by adding hardware to Elasticsearch cluster) Yes (requires configuration)

DataStax Enterprise Graph

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
DSE Search Plug-and-play Yes Yes Yes No
Embedded Elasticsearch Plug-and-play No No Won't scale beyond ~100M nodes Yes (requires configuration)
External Elasticsearch (v2+) Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration No No Yes (by adding hardware to Elasticsearch cluster) Yes (requires configuration)

AllegroGraph

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
AllegroGraph Search Plug-and-play Yes Yes Yes No
Embedded Elasticsearch Plug-and-play No No Won't scale beyond ~100M nodes Yes (requires configuration)
External Elasticsearch (v2+) Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration No No Yes (by adding hardware to Elasticsearch cluster) Yes (requires configuration)

Stardog

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
Stardog Search Plug-and-play Yes Yes Yes No

Cosmos DB

Onboarding Fast indexation Automatic index sync Search scalability Advanced search
AzureSearch Requires AzureSearch setup (easy) Yes Yes Yes No
Embedded Elasticsearch Plug-and-play No No Won't scale beyond ~1M nodes Yes (requires configuration)
External Elasticsearch (v2+) Requires Elasticsearch installation and configuration No No Won't scale beyond ~1M nodes Yes (requires configuration)