The rising popularity of graph databases is a trend that developers and data architects can no longer ignore.At the same time, well-established relational database management systems (RDBMS) like Oracle aren’t going anywhere soon.
Oracle RDBMS is the backbone of millions of enterprise applications and can’t (or shouldn’t) be tossed aside lightly.However, thanks to a polyglot persistence architecture, today’s data professionals can harness the power of both a graph database like Neo4j and the established reputation of Oracle RDBMS.
Using each database technology according to its strengths has a number of advantages.In this Neo4j and Oracle blog series, we’ll explore how these two database technologies work together in tandem to deliver the best bottom-line results for both enterprise architects and business teams alike.
Last week, we defined and introduced both Neo4j and Oracle RDBMS This week, we’ll cover the advantages of using Neo4j and Oracle to work together.There are several advantages to using Neo4j and Oracle RDBMS together, beginning with the simple fact that Oracle is a trusted and well-established technology.
With so many enterprise applications running on Oracle, you shouldn’t throw away your existing investments in Oracle infrastructure, tools and training.Fortunately, you don’t have to.
All of your applications can continue to use Oracle RDBMS uninterrupted.
By adding Neo4j to your arsenal, you lose nothing while gaining all the strategic capabilities of a graph database There are scenarios where using an RDBMS versus a graph database simply makes sense, and vice versa.Oracle is great for tabular, structured data while unstructured, highly connected or very dynamic data such as hierarchies and networks can be moved out of Oracle and into Neo4j.
This enables agility.
When architected to coexist, application performance will improve since fast traversals can be done against the graph using Neo4j while transactional data can be retrieved from Oracle.Graph databases and relational databases each address specific use cases.
Neo4j, therefore, doesn’t compete with Oracle but coexists with it.
Together, Neo4j and Oracle enable developers and architects to use the right type of database for the right use case.