Today, Neo4j is proud to announce the general availability of Neo4j Aura™ on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Neo4j Aura is the first and only integrated graph database service on GCP.
If you haven’t seen it yet, Aura is the simplest way to run Neo4j in the cloud. Completely automated and fully managed, Aura delivers the world’s leading graph database as a service for cloud developers, which provides a simpler and seamless Neo4j experience for GCP users.
This tighter integration allows you to:
- Launch Neo4j Aura right from your Google Console with a few clicks, which provides a native experience.
- Unify Neo4j Aura expenditures with your Google services through GCP billing integration for easy expense management.
- Automatically apply any existing credits (or commitments) that you have on GCP towards Neo4j service to further achieve lower costs.
A Powerful Combination
Google Cloud Platform is a powerful way to run your workloads in the cloud, because it provides for Google-grade security and a global network that delivers world-class performance. GCP already offers a huge range of capabilities, but up until now, nothing in the area of a managed graph service.
Neo4j has long been the leader in the graph database space; and so, it makes sense to bring the best-in-class graph database to GCP. Neo4j Aura, as a managed service, is flexible, reliable and developer friendly – and now available as an integrated billing experience.
With GCP and Aura combined, it becomes easy to use graph technology in any distributed cloud application. Users who have “graphy data” already hosted on GCP can easily spin up Aura, quickly load that data into a graph, and start using Cypher and graph tooling straight away.
Neo4j Aura on GCP puts database management on autopilot, and keeps you up to date with all the necessary upgrades and patches – without the downtime or maintenance window. In turn, you move more quickly as you evolve your GCP-based applications.
If you need more horsepower from Aura, simply scale the service on demand, in a few clicks. During the scaling process, you won’t experience any interruption in service.
How It Works
Neo4j Aura is now listed on the GCP Marketplace. Go to the Marketplace and search for Aura. GCP will give you an option to enable the API that controls this service, and then you’re ready to get started.
The “Manage” button manages your use of the API on GCP.
The “Manage on Provider” button takes you to the Neo4j Aura control surface. There, you can log in with your same GCP credentials. At this point, your Google Project is linked to your Aura experience.
In Aura’s user menu, you’ll notice that your Aura experience is managed by a particular GCP Project where billing is done.
Via the Neo4j Aura Support portal, access to a wealth of information is available 24/7, with options for further support. And, of course, if you’re finished with a database, you can delete it to stop billing.
Neo4j Aura: All Over the World
With this launch, Neo4j Aura is available in many of the most popular GCP regions shown below, with more regions planned to be added as Aura’s development continues.
The pricing you’ll receive with Neo4j Aura on GCP is identical to the pricing when it’s used through the Neo4j.com experience. You’re free to make the best decision for your team and billing management, with no worry about differences – and we intend to keep it this way.
Costs remain predictable, with pay-as-you-go pricing at an hourly rate. Any existing spend commitments, credits and other billing arrangements you have with GCP automatically apply, because it’s integrated with GCP billing.
Small Businesses and Startups: Start Today!
The current version of Neo4j Aura is the Professional tier, which is well-suited for small business and startup workloads. It lets users easily launch the best-managed graph database, integrated directly into their Google Cloud billing, with predictable costs and everything managed for you.
If your needs go beyond what Neo4j Aura does today, Neo4j offers BYOL offerings on Google Compute Engine (GCE) and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), as well as an enterprise Cloud Managed Service (CMS) offering.
We are incredibly excited to share this announcement with the graph community and our partners. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.