Neo Technology execs: How Neo4j beat Oracle Database

In an interview, the company's CEO and senior director of products discuss the mobile possibilities of their offering and defend Java's security

By , InfoWorld |  Big Data, databases, java

Eifrem: The recent issue was serious. It was real. It was a browser problem. It was a real issue, but generally speaking, no, I'm not concerned because we're written in Java. Java is one of the strongest security platforms out there, actually. You should always take security very seriously, especially if you're focused on the enterprise like we are and we certainly do. But I don't think Java is any less secure than other languages. On the contrary, I think it's more secure than a lot of other languages.

InfoWorld: What makes it more secure?

Eifrem: Because it's fundamentally written with the sandboxing model, with a JVM, which has a very sophisticated security model. Sometimes you have bugs in it but historically if you look at the kind of proliferation that the Java platform has versus the amount of security issues that have been found, it's actually very, very low.

InfoWorld: What's the mobile story for graph databases in Neo4j?

Rathle: We actually do have some customers who are running mobile apps that use Neo4j on the background. There is, for example, a company in Germany that just started a project where they're building iPad apps that are used by salespeople who are working in the medical field and working with the hospital and using Neo4j on the back end to navigate the hierarchy between doctors and hospitals and insurance companies and providers. We also have another customer who has actually ported Neo4j to Android.That is not yet open source, but we're working on that.

InfoWorld: What can you do with Neo4j on Android?

Rathle: I can't share a lot about their use case, but it's a device that's taking measurements of things that are highly related and what they care about is understanding the relationships.

InfoWorld: So mobile is an opportunity for you guys?

Rathle: It's an opportunity, yes. And it's something that I think we'll start to see more of in the future. Most uses of Neo4j to date have been, or most enterprise uses, have been in these areas that Emil has shown, inside the enterprise, either in customer-facing websites or internally where there are serious performance challenges with hierarchal data, like in the Cisco case.

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