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System Properties Comparison Neo4j vs. Sphinx vs. Ultipa
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|Sphinx Xexclude from comparison
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|Scalable, ACID-compliant graph database designed with a high-performance distributed cluster architecture, available in self-hosted and cloud offerings
|Open source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
|High performance Graph DBMS supporting HTAP high availability cluster deployment
|Primary database model
|Sphinx Technologies Inc.
|5.17, February 2024
|3.5.1, February 2023
|License Commercial or Open Source
|Open Source GPL version3, commercial licenses available
|Open Source GPL version 2, commercial licence available
|Cloud-based only Only available as a cloud service
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|Neo4j Aura: Neo4j’s fully managed cloud service: The zero-admin, always-on graph database for cloud developers.
|Server operating systems
|Linux Can also be used server-less as embedded Java database.
|schema-free and schema-optional
|Typing predefined data types such as float or date
|yes pluggable indexing subsystem, by default Apache Lucene
|yes full-text index on all search fields
|SQL Support of SQL
|SQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
|APIs and other access methods
Cypher query language
Neo4j-OGM Object Graph Mapper
RESTful HTTP API
Spring Data Neo4j
|RESTful HTTP API
|Supported programming languages
|C++ unofficial client library
Perl unofficial client library
Ruby unofficial client library
|Server-side scripts Stored procedures
|yes User defined Procedures and Functions
|yes via event handler
|Partitioning methods Methods for storing different data on different nodes
|yes using Neo4j Fabric
|Sharding Partitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
|Replication methods Methods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodes
|Causal Clustering using Raft protocol available in in Enterprise Version only
|MapReduce Offers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methods
|Consistency concepts Methods to ensure consistency in a distributed system
|Causal and Eventual Consistency configurable in Causal Cluster setup
Immediate Consistency in stand-alone mode
|Foreign keys Referential integrity
|yes Relationships in graphs
|Transaction concepts Support to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of data
|Concurrency Support for concurrent manipulation of data
|Durability Support for making data persistent
|yes The original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
|User concepts Access control
|Users, roles and permissions. Pluggable authentication with supported standards (LDAP, Active Directory, Kerberos)
|More information provided by the system vendor
|Neo4j delivers graph technology that has been battle tested for performance and scale...
|Neo4j is the market leader, graph database category creator, and the most widely...
|Typical application scenarios
|Real-Time Recommendations Master Data Management Identity and Access Management Network...
|Over 800 commercial customers and over 4300 startups use Neo4j. Flagship customers...
|Neo4j boasts the world's largest graph database ecosystem with more than 140 million...
|Licensing and pricing models
|GPL v3 license that can be used all the places where you might use MySQL. Neo4j Commercial...
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