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3 Signs It’s Time to Switch from Neo4j to Memgraph

3 Signs It’s Time to Switch from Neo4j to Memgraph

October 24, 2023
Vlasta Pavicic

Navigating the realm of graph databases can be a complex journey, particularly when it comes to ensuring that your chosen technology aligns seamlessly with your organizational needs and growth trajectory. Neo4j has long stood as a popular choice in this domain, offering a robust set of features that cater to a wide array of use cases. However, as your business evolves and scales, it becomes imperative to reassess your tools and technologies to guarantee they continue to serve your objectives effectively.

This brings us to the question:

How do you know when it’s the right time to consider a switch in your graph database provider? Specifically, when does transitioning from Neo4j to an alternative like Memgraph become a strategic move for your business?

In this blog post, we delve into three critical signs that indicate it might be time to reevaluate your current setup and explore new horizons with Memgraph.

The total cost of ownership is eating up your budget

It’s essential to keep a vigilant eye on the financial implications of your technology stack. The total cost of ownership (TCO) encompasses not just the initial acquisition costs, but also the long-term expenses related to maintenance, scaling, and support.

Starting at $25,000 per year for 16 GB, Memgraph has an all inclusive, simple pricing model that scales with your workload without restrictions. So you pay for unique managed memory, meaning the pricing scales only with memory capacity and any replicas you might need are included in the cost. There are also no core limits, and all Enterprise features are included in the license. There is no upselling or additional costs.

As the Community Edition provides the same speed as the Enterprise Edition, you can create PoC free of charge. Add Enterprise features when you’re ready to bring your solution to production and require features such as advanced security (role-based and label-based access), multi tenant architecture or monitoring via Promethues, or any other system requiring a HTTP server.

Execution times are stalling your progress

Speed and efficiency are paramount when it comes to graph database performance. If you find that your queries are taking longer than expected or are prone to hanging, it’s a clear sign that your current JVM-based system might be struggling to keep up. Prolonged graph database query times and frequent hangings directly affect revenue streams by diminishing customer experience, hampering operational efficiency, and impeding data-driven decision-making. These issues lead to lost sales, reduced productivity, increased IT costs, and potential damage to brand reputation. Addressing these performance challenges is crucial to maintain a competitive edge, safeguard revenue, and ensure business success.

Memgraph stands out as a native in-memory graph database, ensuring full ACID compliance for robust data integrity. Developed in C++, it provides an optimized engine and efficient memory usage. To consistently uphold its performance standards, Memgraph introduced Benchgraph, a proprietary benchmarking tool. Not only does this tool validate Memgraph's consistent high performance, but it also demonstrates its exceptional speed in executing queries—particularly under concurrent workloads. Memgraph offers 8x faster query speed than Neo4j out of the box, translating to cost savings through rapid responses and enhanced throughput. It eliminates costly developer hours spent on setups, custom queries, and memory stability issues common with JVM.

What sets Benchgraph apart is its transparency. You're not just left to take our word for it; you can actively put Memgraph to the test, employing your specific workloads to witness firsthand how it stands up to the demands of your unique use cases.

Instead of getting support, you’re getting upsold

Navigating through the complexities of graph databases can be daunting, especially when technical issues arise. For users of Neo4j, seeking support often inadvertently leads to interactions with sales teams, whose focus on upselling additional products and services can detract from addressing the actual technical challenges at hand. This approach, centered around sales rather than solutions, can prolong problem resolution and leave customers feeling undervalued and frustrated.

Memgraph presents a stark contrast in its approach to user support, emphasizing continuous engineering and developer assistance. Users have direct access to technical experts, ensuring swift and efficient problem resolution, and a user experience that is supportive and empowering. Memgraph’s commitment to its users extends to its resources, with extensive documentation that is consistently updated and improved based on user feedback and observed challenges.

Additionally, the active Memgraph community on Discord provides a platform for immediate technical assistance, free from sales pitches and focused solely on providing accurate and helpful answers. This direct access to technical support and wealth of resources ensures that Memgraph users can fully leverage their graph database, optimizing performance and driving success in their projects and initiatives. In this way, Memgraph’s approach to support reflects a commitment to user success, ensuring that technical challenges are addressed promptly and effectively, without the distraction of sales pressure.


The transitioning from Neo4j to Memgraph emerges as a strategic decision anchored in optimizing financial resources, ensuring high-performance operations, and obtaining genuine, expert-led support.

Addressing the total cost of ownership, Memgraph introduces a transparent and inclusive pricing model, eliminating unexpected expenses and enabling businesses to scale confidently without financial strain.

The performance advantage of a native in-memory database, with Memgraph's proven efficiency in handling concurrent workloads, ensures that your graph database operates at peak performance, safeguarding revenue streams and enhancing the customer experience.

Memgraph's unwavering commitment to providing direct access to engineering and developer support fosters a user-centric environment, where technical challenges are swiftly addressed, ensuring that your operations remain uninterrupted.

This stark contrast in support philosophies positions Memgraph not just as a graph database provider, but as a partner invested in your success, ensuring that you have the tools, resources, and support to turn potential challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation. In an era where data drives decisions, choosing Memgraph is a statement of commitment to performance, financial prudence, and unparalleled support, laying down the foundation for future success and sustainability.

Next steps

Here's a quick start guide to migrating from Neo4j to Memgraph!

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