GIANT Stories at MongoDB

MongoDB World 2016 is a wrap! Presentations now available.

Thank you to the 2000+ in-person attendees, 2,000+ live stream viewers, and 30+ sponsors who attended MongoDB World. For those of you who were unable to attend, we’ve gathered our favorite highlights into our Extend the Experience microsite.

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MongoDB Atlas

Leading up to MongoDB World, we told you something giant was coming. We were excited to announce and demo MongoDB Atlas, our new database as a service. MongoDB Atlas makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale your MongoDB deployments in the cloud.

Learn more about Atlas

Spark Connector

We also introduced the general availability of our new, native MongoDB Connector for Apache Spark. With the combination of MongoDB and Spark, developers can seamlessly build data driven applications. You can learn more by reading our announcement or join our webinar at the end of the month.

2016 Innovation Award Winners Honored

The annual MongoDB Innovation Awards recognizes those organizations and individuals that took a giant idea and made a tangible impact in the world. This year’s winners included Barclay’s, Comcast, UPS, and many more. A full list of the winners and a brief description of their projects is outlined in our blog post.

Startup Showcase Participants Dream Big

This year we introduced the Startup Showcase on the Giant Ideas stage, where several startups powered by MongoDB presented. We heard from companies like hiQ, Kinevez, and Meshfire on how they are using MongoDB to bring their giant idea to life.


Thanks to our great attendees and speakers we were trending on Twitter. Here are some of our favorite conference tweets:

@helton_souza: #MDBW16 is like Hogwarts but for tech. MongoDB Atlas is the upgrade on RDS #justsaying

@CeeDeeBee2901: #MDBW16 omg graphs in MongoDB

@mcnamarabrian: Great product announcement - MongoDB Atlas. Good explanation of where it fits in the product lineup, too.#MDBW16

You can relive all of the fun on our Extend the Experience site!

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*About the Author - Meghan Gill*

Meghan is Director of Community and Demand Generation at MongoDB. She was the 8th employee and first non-engineering hire at MongoDB, helping to build the developer community behind the fastest-growing big data ecosystem. In 2014 she was recognized by AlleyWatch as a Rising Star in Enterprise Technology.

Interview with MongoDB World Keynote Speaker: Terri Virnig, Vice President, Power Systems Software Solutions, IBM

Meghan Gill


We’re excited to host our fantastic list of keynote speakers for MongoDB World 2016. In anticipation of this year’s conference we sat down with Terri Virnig, Vice President, Power Systems Software Solutions for IBM.

What are some of the challenges facing the largest hardware company in the world today?

The market has shifted from buying servers and piece part capabilities to buying solutions which demonstrate clear business value. One specific example is our customers want integrated and optimized hardware / software solutions to deliver on-prem DBaaS to their lines of business. They want something with a fast time to value to support new business applications they're rolling out. We have transformed our business from delivering servers to delivering solutions that support business needs such as this.

With the shift to cloud, how do you see IBM continuing to take a leadership position in the market when mainframe and services continue to drive the revenue for the business?

IBM is already an industry leader in Hybrid Cloud solutions and will continue to produce Hybrid Cloud solutions that leverage existing IT resources while integrating into newer public and private cloud environments. IBM's Cloud solutions will continue to lead the way in delivering fast, easy and automated access to public, private and hybrid cloud services to help clients digitally transform and securely manage and gain insight into their data no matter where it resides.

How does MongoDB fit into IBM's strategy? What would you like to see more of from ISVs like MongoDB that support IBM?

The explosive growth of both structured and unstructured data from multiple sources requires businesses to derive insights faster than ever to keep pace and gain new business advantages. Our vision is that the combination of MongoDB, a leader and innovator in the NoSQL database field, along with IBM Power System's Industry leading infrastructure optimized for Cloud, Big Data and Open environments, will deliver a next generation of innovative solutions that will greatly improve client outcomes.

In your career, can you share with us how you thought big and created a #giantidea?

One of the most innovative things we've delivered this year is our RapidBuild program. This program pairs together ISVs like MongoDB with distributors like Avnet to deliver validated, tested, optimized on-prem DBaaS solutions built as one turn-key package, with a single point of support for hardware and software. This program is a first of a kind in the industry and is focused on giving customers a fast time to value so they can focus on building the applications that drive their businesses.

What are you most excited to share at MongoDB World?

We're excited to share industry-leading TCO benefits that are the result of a close, collaborative partnership with MongoDB. We've worked closely to drive optimizations for our clients that result in cost savings versus Intel. We'll be talking more about this at MongoDB World!

MongoDB World is an opportunity to learn database best practices, network with peers and industry professionals, and advance your career. It is the only event where you’ll hear directly from both the engineers that build MongoDB and the MongoDB users running the largest implementations in the world.

Will you be there?

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Announcing the Second Annual Zola Award

Meghan Gill


Community is at the center of our success at MongoDB. Our community members share ideas, best practices, and work together on challenging technical problems. We created the William Zola Award for Community Excellence to recognize a leader in the MongoDB community whose contributions make a difference to those around the world.

The award honors our colleague William Zola, Lead Technical Services engineer, who passed away unexpectedly last year. William had a passion for user success, helping thousands of users with support problems, much of it on his own time.

Last year we awarded our first Zola to Nuri Halperin, a well-known MongoDB speaker, trainer, and consultant in the SoCal area.

This year’s Zola Award goes to someone who has contributed to MongoDB across multiple channels:

  • He reported a number of detailed server issues for the 3.0 Bug Hunt, eventually winning the top prize (and electing to give it to charity)
  • He offered his perspective on performance benchmarking at MongoDB World in a closing keynote
  • He offers excellent technical advice across a variety of MongoDB discussion forums, with a helpful and measured approach

For these reasons, we are pleased to announce that Mark Callaghan is the winner of the Zola award.

MongoDB co-founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz presented Mark with the award at our annual user conference in Silicon Valley.

Thanks to Mark for his contributions this year! For more information on how you can get involved with the MongoDB community, please join the MongoDB Customer advocacy Hub. Provide feedback, share ideas, and learn new things -- all while earning points that you can exchange for great rewards like swag, MongoDB World passes, and more.

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About the Author - Meghan

Meghan Gill is Director of Community and Demand Generation at MongoDB. She was the 8th employee and first non-engineering hire at MongoDB, helping to build the developer community behind the fastest-growing big data ecosystem. In 2014 she was recognized by AlleyWatch as a Rising Star in Enterprise Technology.

All New York City kids will learn to code

Meghan Gill


This week Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that all New York City public schools will require computer science education. Over the next 10 years, New York schools will incorporate basic programming like Scratch into classroom study to better prepare students for careers in New York City’s fast-growing high-tech industry.

Given the growing gap between open technology positions and students graduating with degrees in computer science, we couldn’t be more supportive of this important initiative at MongoDB. Providing computer science education is critical to driving innovation in future generations and closing this growing gap.

As a member of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Advisory Board, MongoDB CTO and Co-Founder Eliot Horowitz advises the city on ways to drive innovation for the future. Eliot shared his enthusiasm for today’s announcement on his personal blog:

I fully expect this program to lead to huge, positive changes in the lives of the children of NYC, and to bring to the companies that need software engineers a large, vital, diverse pool of them.

Read more on Eliot’s blog or sign up for our newsletter when you download MongoDB and we'll donate $1 to Girls Who Code.

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 William Zola Award for Community Excellence

Meghan Gill


Community is core to the success of MongoDB and the people that use it. We created the William Zola Award for Community Excellence last year to honor those whose support contributions make a significant difference to people around the globe.

One of our strongest Community Support advocates was William Zola, who passed away unexpectedly. William, Lead Technical Services engineer, had a passion for creating user success, and helped thousands of users with support problems, much of it on his own time. William was so effective at meeting users in their time of distress that people often asked for him by name on the MongoDB User Forum. Most engineers at MongoDB went through his customer skills training to learn how to create an ideal user experience while maintaining technical integrity. William taught us:

  • How the user feels is every bit as important as solving their technical problem
  • We should work to solve the problem and not just close a case or ticket
  • Every user interaction should drive the case one step closer to resolution
  • It’s all about the user

Over time, William’s advice and philosophy towards user success came to permeate MongoDB’s entire organization and community.

The Award

Last year Nuri Halperin, a 2015 MongoDB Master was nominated and won the first ever Zola.

This year at MongoDB Silicon Valley we will announce the second winner of “The Zola.” We will award to user who has offered exceptional support to our community in line with William’s philosophy. The winner of the Zola will receive a complimentary hotel stay while at MongoDB Silicon Valley to receive the award at the event along with a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

Today we open nominations and begin the search for this year's winner of the Zola. MongoDB users who support others on StackOverflow, at a MongoDB User Group and in person through ad-hoc or structured mentoring are all qualified to receive the award.

Nominations will be accepted until November 1st, 2015 through this form, so please send in names of people who have positively impacted your experience with MongoDB. Individuals will be judged on the impact of their work and their demonstration of William’s values.

William’s extraordinary contributions are remembered in users like you who pass along your knowledge of MongoDB and do it with gusto. Even if you do not qualify for the Zola now, there is always an opportunity for you to contribute to the MongoDB ecosystem by sharing your ideas and experience on StackOverflow, the MongoDB User Forum and in your local communities.

Tell us who you think should receive this year's “Zola”.

Submit your nominations today


  • $1,000 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Ticket to MongoDB SV
  • Hotel stay during MongoDB SV

How Winners Will Be Selected

MongoDB will pick the winning applicant by November 8th, and will notify the winner via email. The winners will be chosen based on a combination of user votes and contributions made to the community.

For more information see the Zola Award Terms and Service.

About the Author - Meghan Gill

Meghan Gill is Director of Community and Demand Generation at MongoDB. She was the 8th employee and first non-engineering hire at MongoDB, helping to build the developer community behind the fastest-growing big data ecosystem. In 2014 she was recognized by AlleyWatch as a Rising Star in Enterprise Technology.

MongoDB Announces Its Support of Girls Who Code

Meghan Gill


Starting today, when you download MongoDB, you’ll be given the option to have MongoDB donate $1 to Girls Who Code on your behalf.

Now Available, By Popular Demand: Production Support for MongoDB Community Edition

Meghan Gill


Editor's Note: We no longer offer a standalone support option. If you're looking for a way to run MongoDB according operations best practices, try our hosted solution MongoDB Atlas.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard from many users that they love our Community Edition, and wish there was a simple way to buy support for it. Now there is.

We’re pleased to announce the availability of Production Support for MongoDB, making it easier for you to get expert guidance from the same team that builds MongoDB. Our Production Support offering is now available as a standalone service -- separate from our MongoDB Enterprise software. This means that Community Edition users now have access to our world-class team of support engineers.

Here’s what you get with Production Support:

  • 24 x 7 x 365 access to world-class support
  • 2-Hour SLA
  • Proactive and consultative advice from our support engineers

When you purchase Production Support, our global support organization becomes an extension of your team, available to guide you through every stage of the application lifecycle. You’ll rest easy knowing that should you have a critical database issue, you won’t need to solve it alone. Our support engineers will be by your side, helping you run your app running smoothly.

Even better, Production Support goes beyond the typical “break/fix” scenario. Our highly-experienced support team offers consultative, proactive assistance on topics ranging from schema design, index optimization, performance testing and scaling out. We support thousands of MongoDB systems with simple and complex deployment topologies. We can help ensure that you are following best practices and getting the best possible performance from MongoDB.

When you log a ticket with MongoDB Production Support, you can expect a response from someone with deep expertise. Our Technical Services Engineers typically have 10+ years of experience in IT and complete 9 months of intensive MongoDB training before answering tickets. Our customers are consistently impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge across the team.

If you love the Community Edition and want support, your wait is over. Now you can access the same high quality support that our Enterprise customers have enjoyed for years. Contact us to learn more.