This week, Neo Technology announces the release in general availability of Neo4j 2.1, the graph database that powers graph technology for companies such as eBay, Walmart, HP and National Geographic. Featuring pre-built ETL technology that facilitates the transformation of SQL or relationally-structured data into the Neo4j graph database technology platform, version 2.1 makes it even easier for enterprises to both transition from RDBMS systems to graph technologies as well as to augment existing Neo4j deployments. Version 2.1 features advanced functionality for mapping structured data from csv files into Neo4j with concomitant increases of speed up to a factor of 100. Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology, remarked on the innovation specific to Neo4j 2.1 as follows:
Neo4j 2.1 represents a major step forward in lowering the bar to graph database adoption for organizations who have massive amounts of data in their relational databases…While Neo4j is already renowned for its ease, scalability, and speed, the new built-in ETL capabilities enable the same ease and speed when moving data from an RDBMS into a graph. This will make it easier than ever for organizations to unlock the hidden value of their data, by leveraging the connections.
Neo4j competes with the likes of Titan, OrientDB, VelocityGraph, Apache Giraph and an increasing number of proprietary graph databases built by startups intent on preserving their intellectual property as part of their product development strategy. This week’s release consolidates Neo4j’s position as the industry’s most popular graph database technology by rendering it easier to transform SQL-based data into its platform, thereby streamlining the process of the production of graph databases based on incoming batches and streams of relational data. Forrester Research estimates that at least 25% of enterprises will have adopted a graph database by 2017.