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October 09, 2012

Neo Technology's Version 1.8 Neo4j Proves to be Faster and Easier

Neo Technology has just released Neo4j Version 1.8, the latest generation of its Java-base graph database.

In a news statement, Neo Technology claimed that the new version is even faster, and easier to maintain and upgrade.

Graphs have become an integral part of Internet experience. They can be found everywhere, starting from social media to bioinformatics research. An increasing number of organizations are adopting graph databases as the best way to model and query connected data. Neo Technology has been instrumental in bringing the power of the social graph to customers such as Adobe (News - Alert), Cisco, and Deutsche Telekom. In production for nine years, Neo4j boasts a huge ecosystem of partners and tens of thousands of successful deployments worldwide.

In a news statement, Neo claimed that the version 1.8 comes with major performance enhancements, by making an already-fast database even faster. This can be attributed to the two new features--a new REST streaming capability, as well as new traversal features in the query engine. According to the company, together, these changes make 1.8 it’s fastest release ever.

In its latest version, Neo4j Cypher, a graph query language unique to Neo4j, has been expanded with the support for write operations. This boosts end-user productivity, and makes Neo4j more accessible.

The latest generation of this popular graph database facilitates easier administration though an interesting enhancement, called Rolling Upgrades. Organizations using Neo4j Enterprise can now upgrade to the latest version without disturbing the operation of their Neo4j cluster. Rolling upgrades allow a cluster to be upgraded one node at a time, without incurring any downtime.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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