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Learn about graph databases at GraphConnect 2016

Graph databases have been gaining momentum over the last several years.

Graph databases are based on graph structures and relationships, which makes them perfect for a wide range of use cases.

They are a natural selection for advanced fraud detection, network and IT operations, social networks, real-time recommendations, and master data management.

In fact, there are hundreds of use cases where graph databases can be a better choice than relational databases or other forms of NoSQL platforms.

And the best place to learn more about how other creative developers are using graph is at GraphConnect 2016.


GraphConnect 2016 with Neo4J

As the leader in the graph community, Neo4J is dedicated to fostering data innovation. Their Cypher query language is available as open source. And they are again sponsoring GraphConnect 2016 in San Francisco, which runs October 13-14.

The agenda is well planned out, with keynote and breakout sessions that will appeal to developers and business leaders. They will cover real-world use cases that show how graph databases can help address many of today’s largest data challenges.

Industry leaders will discuss the advanced use of graph databases in multiple areas, including:

  • Accelerating scientific research
  • Managing human capital
  • Mapping massive networks
  • Improve knowledge-sharing
  • Hardening information security
  • Expanding drug development and discovery
  • And many other exciting examples

There will be speakers from NASA, The Financial Times, Cablevision, Novartis, Vistaprint, Cisco, and others. And that is all contained in the first day. Day two is dedicated to hands-on, in-depth training on Neo4J and Cypher queries.

As organizations look to gain maximum value from their data, it is important to have systems that are designed to handle all forms of data.


IBM and Data

That is where IBM comes in. Their latest Power Systems running Linux were designed for data from the ground up. They are based on the latest POWER8 processor, which provides significant advantages that are appealing to anyone that is manipulating, managing, and pushing data to the limit.

Some of the advantages that POWER8 processors have over x86 commodity processors includes 4x the threads per core, almost twice the clock speed, and 4x more cache. They also introduced a new I/O technology called CAPI I/O, which provides 4x the memory bandwidth and allows flash subsystems to operate as extended RAM for data intensive, in-memory databases.


Source: Clabby Analytics | Infrastructure Matters: POWER8 vs. Xeon x86

These technologies enable developers to do more with their applications. Performance issues are resolved. And functions like real-time data analytics can be implemented without over-working the processors.

IBM, GraphConnect, and Open Source

IBM is committed to the greater data community, which is why they are the Platinum Sponsor of GraphConnect 2016. This is an extension of the commitment that IBM made in 2013 when they began their investment of $1 billion to fuel Linux and open source innovation.

That same year, IBM also founded The OpenPOWER Foundation. The foundation creates an ecosystem for development and innovation around the POWER platform. There are now dozens of projects in development based on the once proprietary system.

If you are attending GraphConnect, make it a point to also connect with IBM. There will be many IBMers on site, including Doug Balog, General Manager of Power Systems. Mr. Balog will be presenting during the general session.

We hope that you have a great time at the conference and come away with new ideas to help drive your organization into the future.

To register for GraphConnect, click here.

And to learn how you can benefit from IBM hardware, download the NoSQL Developers’ Guide to Infrastructure here.

Written by Steve Erickson