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Building Together: MongoDB Is Google Cloud’s Technology Partner of the Year for Data Management

Few companies can credibly claim to understand and work with data as effectively as Google, so when Google Cloud announced this week that MongoDB is the Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Data Management, the award felt particularly meaningful. But if the honor was just a matter of two leaders in data management slapping each other on the back, it wouldn't be that interesting. No, what makes the award compelling is the customer success that Google Cloud and MongoDB have jointly enabled. We agree with Google Cloud's vision that "True transformation spans the entire business and enables every person to transform," and together have helped customers to achieve this. Some customers elect to run MongoDB Atlas, our fully managed database service, on Google Cloud because of its broad footprint (Atlas is available in 29 Google Cloud regions), cost/performance benefits, seamless security and scalability, and the recently launched pay-as-you-go option that simplifies subscriptions and can reduce costs. Others have gone further, choosing to take advantage of combining the best services from both companies, like using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) or Google Cloud Run for their application tier and MongoDB for their data tier. And some choose Google Cloud so they can tie into Google services that are tightly integrated with MongoDB, including BigQuery, Datastream, and Dataproc. A few examples that show the ambition and innovation MongoDB and Google Cloud customers are bringing to their products: Precognitive combines device intelligence, advanced behavioral analytics, and a real-time decision engine to accurately detect and prevent fraud for online businesses. Using Google Cloud Bigtable as their data store for behavioral and device data, and MongoDB as the data store for everything else, Precognitive is able to capture and analyze vast amounts of data from around the world, in near real time, to combat fraud. Read our full story on how Precognitive uses MongoDB Atlas . Forbes , the world's largest business media brand, reaches more than 140 million people worldwide every month across a number of online and offline channels. The company needed to innovate its way through the global COVID-19 pandemic and turned to MongoDB Atlas running on Google Cloud to enable dramatically better agility. Among other initiatives, the publishing giant married MongoDB's flexible data schema with Google Cloud’s machine learning services to deliver a trending story recommendation engine for journalists. Read our full story on Forbes’ migration to Atlas — and the successes of that move . One of the things we love about working with Google Cloud is the company's pragmatic approach to solving customer problems. Customers tend to choose a predominant cloud vendor upon which to build the majority of their applications, and Google Cloud often serves this role. At Plaid , which helps retailers decipher the complexities of consumer behavior, the company chose to migrate its legacy databases to MongoDB Atlas running on Google Cloud, allowing it to tap into Google Kubernetes Engine, Google Cloud Engine (GCE), Cloud BigTable, and BigQuery. But Plaid also needed to ensure it could run across multiple clouds, which Google Cloud enables with its Anthos service . MongoDB and Google Cloud, working together, deliver that multi-cloud experience for customers. Read our case study on Plaid, MongoDB, and Google Cloud . If you’re ready to experience the fruits of the MongoDB and Google Cloud partnership, take a look at MongoDB Atlas in the Google console . You can get started for free. Read more stories about MongoDB and Google Cloud customers doing great things: How Humanitix uses MongoDB Atlas Device Sync to close the education gap, one great app experience at a time Powering France’s Yellow Pages: How Solocal Turned to MongoDB Atlas and Google Cloud to Manage Two Billion Visits a Year How Macquarie Bank Built a Real-Time Payments Platform in Weeks KODE Labs: Advanced smart building management delivers on promise of sustainable buildings

June 17, 2022

MongoDB and AWS Expand Global Collaboration

MongoDB launched as a developer-friendly, open source database in 2009, but it wasn't until 2016, when we released MongoDB Atlas , our fully managed database service, that the full vision for MongoDB truly emerged. Realizing that vision, however, has never been a solo effort. From the earliest days, MongoDB has partnered with a range of companies, but none more closely than with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as we've joined forces to make the developer experience as seamless as possible. Now we're kicking that partnership into overdrive. As announced today , MongoDB is expanding our global partnership with AWS. Though details of the agreement are confidential, the results will not be: Customers stand to benefit from deeper, broader technical integrations, improvements in migrating workloads from legacy data infrastructure to modern MongoDB Atlas, and more. For those of us who have worked to grow this partnership, it's exciting (and rewarding!) to see the scope of the work envisioned by MongoDB and AWS, together. On that note, it's worth revisiting how we got here. Building together From the earliest days , we've positioned MongoDB as the best way to manage a wide variety of data types and sources, in real time, at significant scale. Back then we called it "Big Data," but now we recognize it for what it is: what all modern data looks like. Then and now, MongoDB came with an open license that encouraged developers to easily access and tune the database to their needs. And so they did, with many developers opting to run their instances of MongoDB on AWS, removing the need to buy and provision servers. In fact, almost from the start of the company, we have worked closely with AWS to ensure that MongoDB users and customers would have an excellent experience running MongoDB on AWS. It was a great start, but it wasn't enough. Developers, after all, still had to fiddle with the dials and knobs of managing the database. This began to change in 2011, when the company released the MongoDB Monitoring Service (MMS). MMS made it much easier to monitor MongoDB clusters of any size. By 2013, we rolled MMS, Backup, and other MongoDB services into the MongoDB Management Service, and continued to work closely with AWS to optimize these services for MongoDB customers. Then in 2016, again with extensive AWS assistance, we launched MongoDB Atlas, a fully managed, integrated suite of cloud database and data services to accelerate and simplify how developers build with data. Making life easier for developers was the vision that co-founders Dwight Merriman and Eliot Horowitz had when they started MongoDB (then 10gen) in 2007. That vision has always depended on a strong partnership with AWS. This partnership got even stronger, as we just announced , with the promise of even better serverless options, expanded use of AWS Graviton instances to improve performance, and improved hybrid options through AWS Outposts. Beyond product, we'll also be more closely collaborating to reach and educate customers through joint Developer Relations initiatives, programs to reach new customers, and more. As good as our partnership has been, it just got significantly better. Although focusing on how the two companies compete may be convenient (for example, both organizations provide database services), how we cooperate is a more compelling story. So let's talk about that. A mutual obsession Over the past 15 years, MongoDB has built an extensive partner ecosystem. From open source mainstays like Confluent, to application development innovators like Vercel, data intelligence pioneers like BigID, and trusted system integration powerhouses like Accenture, we work closely with the best partners to ensure developers enjoy an exceptional experience working with MongoDB. As already noted, AWS is the partner with which we've worked most closely for the longest time. That partnership has resulted in tight integration between MongoDB and AWS services such as AWS Wavelength, Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, Amazon EventBridge, AWS PrivateLink, AWS App Runner, Amazon Managed Grafana, and more. We also recently announced Pay as You Go Atlas on AWS Marketplace , giving customers even more options for how they run MongoDB on AWS. Additionally, as part of our new strategic agreement, we'll be offering joint customer incentive programs to make it even easier for customers to run proofs of concept and migrate from expensive legacy data infrastructure to MongoDB Atlas running on AWS. If this seems to paint an overly rosy picture of our partnership with AWS, it's worth remembering that the guiding principle for both AWS and MongoDB is customer obsession. Of course we've had moments when we've disagreed over how best to take care of customers, because every partnership has its fair share of friction. But behind the scenes, our product, marketing, and sales teams have worked together for years to meet customer needs. Customers seem to recognize this. In MongoDB's most recent earnings call, we announced that we now have more than 33,000 customers — including Shutterfly , Cox Automotive , Pitney Bowes , and Nesto Software — many of which choose to run Atlas on AWS. Still not convinced? There's perhaps no better way to understand what MongoDB can do for your organization than to try it. You can try Atlas for free , or you can choose to pay-as-you-go by starting with Atlas on the AWS Marketplace . Either way, we hope you'll let us know what you think.

March 15, 2022

MongoDB is One of Battery Ventures' 25 Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For

Crain's recently recognized MongoDB as one of the best places to work in New York City. Today, Battery Ventures announced that MongoDB is also one of the best places to work in the cloud; specifically, Battery named us one of the " 25 Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For ." Battery compiles the list based on Glassdoor ratings and reviews left by employees. In other words, MongoDB's inclusion in the recognition depends upon current and past employees rating MongoDB highly. This makes sense to me, as I fit into both camps. I worked for MongoDB from 2013 to 2014, and loved it. I recently returned, and continue to find it the best place I've ever worked. Apparently I'm not alone in loving MongoDB. Indeed, in addition to this most recent honor from Battery, MongoDB also ranks high on Inc.'s " best led" and "best workplaces " lists, not to mention BuiltIn's " 100 Best Large Companies to Work For ." Why do people love working for MongoDB? For me, it's a combination of great people and great products. When I joined MongoDB back in 2013, it was because of its fresh, open approach to data. MongoDB was so approachable, so easy to use. Developers adored it and quickly became productive with it, making MongoDB one of the most popular databases on the planet. Since that time, MongoDB has added things like full-text search, data visualization, and more, making it the industry's leading data platform. Which is cool, but incomplete. As much as I love to work for a market leader, it's the people of MongoDB that make it a near-perfect employer. Many of the people I loved to work with back in 2013 are still here, and they've been joined by other outstanding, humble people. MongoDB really is the perfect confluence of great technology and great people. Here is what a few of my MongoDB colleagues shared as to their reasons for working here. Annie Dane, Strategic Account Marketing MongoDB is an incredible place to build your career with a tremendous amount of support to do so, including a Learning and Development team that provides a multitude of training opportunities. Additionally, people at MongoDB really care about each other: we encourage a healthy work/life balance and new parents (and their babies) are very welcome at MongoDB, as evidenced during Covid. Mat Keep, Product Marketing Every organization’s success is now defined by software, and that software’s success is defined by data. MongoDB eliminates many constraints developers have faced working with data, which makes it such an exciting place to work as I get to help customers build new applications and modernize existing ones. At MongoDB we get to help address some of today's toughest challenges and most interesting initiatives shaping our world. Angie Byron, Community Management MongoDB is filled with humble, wicked-smart people who make a concerted effort to lift each other up. These traits hold true across departments, across org chart levels, and across levels of technical depth. Additionally, as a queer person, I've never been part of a company that takes diversity and inclusion so seriously and backs it up with real action. Just in the last few months, we've had a panel to talk together about our coming out experiences, trans-specific programming with amazing guest speakers, and more. At MongoDB, we are passionate about our mission of freeing the genius within everyone by making data stunningly easy to work with. We'd love to have you be part of our team. Interested in joining MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe and would love for you to transform your career with us!

December 14, 2021

How Medtronic Manages Machine Data in MongoDB

While many think Big Data is all about “big,” the reality for most organizations is that data variety is a far thornier problem to tackle. Just ask Medtronic . Medical equipment maker Medtronic, perhaps best known for its pacemakers, offers devices and therapies that address more than 30 diseases. Last year the company served 9 million patients and this year the company announced that it serves a patient in some way every three seconds. In addition, Medtronic collects more than 30 million data samples about its devices every day. Matthew Chimento, principal test engineer and project manager at Medtronic, notes that more than 150 data collection and processing steps have been added to Medtronic’s manufacturing process in the last three years, and 40% of all of Medtronic’s stored data has been collected in the last two. Humans aren’t great at collecting data, but machines are, and “we have a lot of machines.” Now if only those machines all spoke the same language. Data Variety: Problem And Opportunity Unfortunately, with a proliferation of machines comes a proliferation of different data types. And while the media likes to talk about “Big Data” as if it were all about volume, companies like Medtronic realize Big Data is primarily a matter of data variety, as a NewVantage Partners survey discovered: Furthermore, for regulatory reasons, Medtronic must save device data for 10 years after the last implant of the device. Since those devices can last 20 years, some data is 30 years old, which means that Medtronic must contend with information spread across a multitude of obscure database systems, in a wide variety of formats. Does Your Data Speak MongoDB? To manage this data complexity, Medtronic turned to MongoDB. About two years ago, Chimento’s colleague, Jeff Lemmerman, a senior software engineer at Medtronic, heard about MongoDB. Intrigued by the NoSQL database and its potential to help Medtronic tame its ever-changing data requirements, Lemmerman launched a proof of concept, which “basically consisted of choosing one battery model that we manufacture.” When the battery goes through electrolyte fill – a step in the manufacturing process – all of the component data is loaded into MongoDB. “This is a very simple place to start,” he said. Lemmerman has high hopes for the next steps with MongoDB. He hopes to begin loading manufacturing data on every component Medtronic makes directly into MongoDB, and aggregating that data into a device-level view, and MongoDB’s data model will make that easy. “You’re trying to facilitate analysis across components, and you really want simple, fast queries … instead of doing those nasty joins that we saw in my relational example, I’m able to find the complete history for a component with a very simple query.” What Can MongoDB Do For You? Like Medtronic, your data changes constantly as business requirements change. And, like Medtronic and most enterprises, you likely use a relational database to manage that data. For reasons noted above, as well as here , an RDBMS is a poor fit for data that changes often or for applications that need to scale. We therefore invite you to check out the RDBMS to MongoDB Migration Guide to determine how best to migrate data from your RDBMS to MongoDB.

August 13, 2014

MongoDB And Teradata Join Forces To Make Big Data Smart

As enterprises increasingly depend on MongoDB to build and run modern applications, they need high-quality analytics solutions to match MongoDB's powerful data model. With the partnership Teradata and MongoDB just announced , they just got one. And it's exceptionally cool. With data analytics leader Teradata we've built a bi-directional connector that gives organizations interactive data processing at extremely fast speeds. Teradata's bi-directional QueryGrid connector allows Teradata customers to integrate massive volumes of JSON with cross-organizational data in the data warehouse for high performance analytics. Through the connector, MongoDB customers will have access to JSON that has been enriched by Teradata to support rapidly evolving applications for mobile, Internet of Things, eCommerce, social media and other applications. In other words, users will soon be able to easily connect MongoDB applications and analytics running on Teradata. The Future Is JSON For the past 40 years, enterprises have stored their data in the tidy-but-rigid tables and joins of relational databases. Given the explosion of unstructured data, however, enterprises need a more expressive, flexible way of describing and storing data. Enter JSON. MongoDB stores data in JSON documents, which we serialize to BSON . JSON provides a rich data model that seamlessly maps to native programming language types, and the dynamic schema makes it easier to evolve one's data model than with a system that enforces schemas like a relational database (RDBMS). Marrying MongoDB's operational database with Teradata's analytics platform a great way to bring together all of an enterprise's data. A Virtuous Cycle One way of thinking about the interaction between MongoDB and Teradata is to picture a crowd of people. MongoDB interacts with individuals within the crowd in real-time while Teradata looks for patterns within the crowd. With this connector, organizations can push their MongoDB data (website clicks, purchases, etc.) into Teradata, which runs queries against the data, looking for patterns. This intelligence is then pushed back to MongoDB, enriching the interaction with individual eCommerce buyers, mobile users, etc. It's a virtuous cycle, as Teradata describes on its blog . Here's what this looks like for an eCommerce application: By bringing the two together, an eCommerce vendor's interactions with its customers will continuously improve as their MongoDB-based application gets smarter and more tailored by Teradata analytics. Importantly, for enterprises that expect to use both relational databases and MongoDB, Teradata's JSON integration unifies relational and MongoDB data analysis. And, Not Or This last point is worth repeating. As much as enterprises might wish to shed their IT investments and start over, the reality is that they can't and won't, as a 2012 Gartner analysis found: By giving organizations an easy way to connect MongoDB's operational data with Teradata's enterprise data warehouse, the two organizations ensure existing and new data sources can coexist. By working closely together, MongoDB and Teradata give enterprises the best of a modern, operational database with a powerful analytics platform.

June 18, 2014

You Know What's Cool? 1 Trillion Is Cool

A million used to be cool. Then Facebook upped the ante to one billion. But in our world of Big Data, even a billion is no longer the upper end of scale, or cool. As I learned last night, at least one MongoDB customer now stores over 1 trillion documents in MongoDB. 1 trillion . That's cool. It's also far bigger than any other database deployment I've seen from any NoSQL or relational database, even from the simple key-value or columnar data stores that are only programmed to handle simple workloads, but to scale them well. That's what makes MongoDB über cool: not only does it offer dramatic, superior scale , but it does so while also giving organizations the ability to build complex applications. MongoDB delivers the optimal balance between functionality and performance, as this illustrates: Many systems are focused on nothing more than storing your data, and letting you access it quickly, but one and only one way. This simply isn’t enough . A truly modern database must support rich queries, indexing, analysis, aggregation, geospatial access and search across multi-structured, rapidly changing data sets in real time. The database must not trap your data and hinder its use. It must unleash your data . All 1 trillion documents of it. Want to see how major Global 2000 organizations like Bosch, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Genentech, Facebook and many others scale with MongoDB? Easy. Just register to attend MongoDB World, June 24-25 in New York City. You can use my discount code to get 25% off: 25MattAsay.

May 16, 2014

Beyond NoSQL: A Modern Database Manifesto

There is no such thing as NoSQL. Not as we tend to think of it, anyway. While NoSQL was born as a movement away from rigid relational data models so web giants could embrace Big Data with scale-out architectures, the term has come to categorize a set of databases that are more different than they are the same. This broad categorization doesn’t work. It’s not helpful. While we at MongoDB still sometimes refer to NoSQL, we try to do it sparingly, given its propensity to confuse rather than enlighten. Deconstructing NoSQL Today the NoSQL category includes a cacophony of over 100 document, key-value, wide-column and graph databases . Each of these database types comes with its own strengths and limits. Each differs markedly from the others, with disparate models and capabilities relative to data storage, querying, consistency, scalability and high availability. Comparing a document database to a key-value store, for example, is like comparing a smartphone to a beeper. A beeper is exceptionally useful for getting a simple message from Point A to Point B. It’s fast. It’s reliable. But it’s nowhere near as functional as a smartphone, which can quickly and reliably transmit messages, but can also do so much more. Both are useful, but the smartphone fits a far broader range of applications than the more limited beeper. As such, organizations searching for a database to tackle Gartner’s three V’s of Big Data -- volume, velocity and variety -- won’t find an immediate answer in “NoSQL.” Instead, they need to probe deeper for a modern database that can handle all of their Big Data application requirements. Modern Databases For Modern Data One of these requirements is, of course, the ability to handle large volumes of data, the original impetus behind the NoSQL movement. But the ability to handle volume, or scale, is something all databases categorized as “NoSQL” share. MongoDB, for example, counts among its users those who regularly store petabytes of data, perform over 1,000,000 operations per second and clusters that exceed 1,000 nodes. A modern database, however, must do more than scale. Scalability is table stakes. It also must enable agility to accelerate development and time to market. It must allow organizations to iterate as they embrace new business requirements. And a modern database must, above all, enable enterprises to take advantage of rapidly growing data variety. Indeed the “greatest challenge and opportunity” for enterprises, as Forrester notes, is managing a “variety of data sources,” including data types and sources that may not even exist today. In general, all so-called NoSQL databases are much more helpful than relational databases at storing a wide variety of data types and sources, including mobile device, geospatial, social and sensor data. But the hallmark of a modern database its ability to allow organizations to do useful things with their data. Defining The Modern Database To count as a modern database, then, a database must meet three requirements. While relational databases are able to manage some of these requirements, and newer so-called “NoSQL” key-value or wide column data stores meet others, only MongoDB meets all three requirements. The database MUST scale . As data volume and velocity grows, so the database must grow too. It should scale horizontally and elegantly, without doing unnatural things to your application, in the cloud or on commodity hardware. Meeting the base requirements -- like having enough capacity to serve your customers -- should be a given. The database MUST adapt to change . The speed of business accelerates and your database must keep pace, enabling iteration. This means you must be able to process and mine new data sources and data types without the database breaking a sweat (or you breaking your back or budget). Your schema must flow from your application requirements, rather than forcing your application to fit a predefined, rigid schema. The database MUST unleash your data . Just storing data isn’t enough. You must be able to exploit the data, which particularly means you must be able to ask significant questions of your data. In part this means that the database must support rich queries, indexing, aggregation and search across multi-structured, rapidly changing data sets in real time. But it also means that it must support data for modern use cases including mobile, social, Internet of Things and other systems of engagement. Some relational databases can handle a few of these requirements, yet fail in the essential need to deliver scale and adaptability. Some newer databases, including so-called “NoSQL” key-value or wide column data stores, meet still other requirements, yet don’t give organizations the latitude to unleash their data. In fact, they constrain you to look up data by the key with which it was written unless you integrate external search engines and analytics nodes, which can create other problems. MongoDB: A Modern Database For Today's Business Needs But only one database today can deliver on each of these critical components of a modern database. Only one database offers orders of magnitude more productivity for developers and operations teams alike, while still delivering petabyte scale and lightning-fast performance. Only MongoDB, the modern database that tens of thousands of organizations depend upon to build and run today’s most demanding applications. To learn more about how MongoDB has enabled some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies to deliver applications and outcomes that were previously impossible, download our new whitepaper .

May 12, 2014

Looking beyond labels like relational and NoSQL

According to a new salary survey , MongoDB ranks as one of top-10 most highly compensated technology skills. rates MongoDB as the second hottest job trend. And, which ranks over 200 databases on their relative popularity, MongoDB is now the fifth-most popular database in the world, this month surpassing IBM's DB2. All great, right? Maybe. Buried in the data, as well as the data, is evidence of real confusion. For example, of the top-10 most highly compensated skills in's survey is "NoSQL ." NoSQL is not a technology. It's not really something a developer can "know" in any real sense. NoSQL is a movement that describes a different way of modeling data but, as Basho founder Justin Sheehy correctly noted , there are as many differences among so-called NoSQL databases as there are similarities. As such, knowing Basho's Riak won't really help you understand MongoDB. Perhaps at a high, conceptual level, but expertise in one doesn't really translate into familiarity with another. They are different databases with different approaches. Employers looking for generic NoSQL skills need to think more deeply about what their application requirements are. Looking beyond relational databases for modern application requirements is a good start, but looking to generic "NoSQL" is not sufficient. Organizations should be looking for a modern database that dramatically improves developer productivity, encourages application iteration and enables a new wave of transformational applications in areas like Big Data , Internet of Things , mobile and more . That database is MongoDB. Is MongoDB "NoSQL." Sure. But it's much bigger than that ( based on what people search for on Google , many organizations already seem to understand this). MongoDB is the fastest-growing database in the world , not because it fits the NoSQL category, but because it significantly improves the productivity of developers and the organizations for which they work. So if you're looking to hire technology talent, you're far more likely to be successful hiring an experienced MongoDB engineer than a "NoSQL engineer." MongoDB, after all, is an actual database. NoSQL simply describes an important movement.

February 4, 2014

MongoDB Named InfoWorld 2014 Technology of the Year: It's A Matter Of Innovation

When it rains, it pours. Right on the heels of being named DB-Engines' 2013 Database of the Year and Linux Journal's Best NoSQL Database , InfoWorld has given MongoDB its 2014 Technology of the Year award , alongside Amazon Web Services and GitHub, among others. More than just point solutions to finite business problems, InfoWorld's list includes technologies that "point the way to the data centers, clouds, and applications of tomorrow. They’re the innovations that are changing the way we work and do business," as Doug Dineley, executive editor of InfoWorld’s Test Center, declares . Sometimes innovation is about lower costs. For example, one of the biggest advantages Hadoop brings is enabling data analytics on commodity hardware, as opposed to the expensive, proprietary solutions of yesterday. The real value of Linux, in its early years, was arguably less about product innovation and more a matter of helping enterprises transition away from expensive UNIX servers. MongoDB enables a different type of innovation. Yes, MongoDB is dramatically less expensive than licensing and running a proprietary relational database. But that's not what has made it the fastest-growing, most popular non-relational database (by a wide, wide margin). Instead, MongoDB is popular because it reinvents data management, enabling developers to write a new breed of application that is impossible, or exceptionally difficult, with a relational database. Part of this is a matter of simplifying data schema: And part of it is allowing the developer to focus on her application (pictured as a car in the graphic below), and not the unnecessary overhead of object relational mapping and upkeep on a rigid, relational schema: But the overall value is about enabling and enobling developers, giving them power to get work done for the line of business tasked with new marketing initiatives, optimizing business processes and more. Ultimately, then, MongoDB has won InfoWorld's 2014 Technology of the Year award because it brings innovation back to the data management market, something that has been sorely lacking for a long time.

January 21, 2014

MongoDB Named 2013 Database Of The Year: Why This Matters

In early December MongoDB was named the most popular database among Linux users . While a great commendation of the work MongoDB's development community has done, such accolades don't fully convey the breadth and depth of MongoDB's popularity. To get a more complete picture of just how successful MongoDB has been, it's important to factor in a number of different measures... ...which is precisely what the DB-Engines database ranking does. A Comprehensive View Of Database Popularity More than a simple popularity contest, DB-Engines aggregates data on a number of factors , including job creation, professional certifications, social media mentions, Google searches and more to yield a comprehensive view of a database's impact. For example, as nice as it is to have lots of people running Google queries on "MongoDB," it's far more potent to know that employers are hiring tens of thousands of MongoDB-experienced developers or that dramatically more industry professionals cite MongoDB as a technical competency than they do any other modern database: But synthesizing all three, along with information on technical discussions online, website mentions and more, gives a pretty complete view of a database's importance. MongoDB: 2013 Database Of The Year Which is why we're so happy that DB-Engines has named MongoDB the 2013 database management system of the year , based on MongoDB's growth. As noted by Solid IT, the company that compiles the DB-Engines ranking, "MongoDB is the database management system that gained more popularity in our DB-Engines Ranking within the last year than any other system." Importantly, MongoDB's gains weren't calculated by measuring a percentage gain, but rather an absolute rise in popularity. More than any other NoSQL database? Yes. But also more than Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and every other open source or proprietary relational database. A Modern Database For Modern Applications That's pretty impressive, and speaks to the shift to a modern database to solve modern application requirements . As good as relational databases were for the neat-and-tidy data of yesteryear, they're often a poor fit for today's applications that depend upon unstructured or semi-structured data. This honor underscores something that is increasingly clear: MongoDB is very, very popular. Which of course has less to do with us and more to do with MongoDB's wonderful community of users and developers. MongoDB is an open-source database. Thank you for making it the industry standard for modern applications.

January 6, 2014

MongoDB Extends Its Lead As The Industry's "Best NoSQL Database"...Thanks To You

MongoDB has long been the industry's leading NoSQL database across a number of measures, and is also more popular than most most relational databases . This isn't news. What is news is how much MongoDB has cemented and extended its lead over the last year. This is readily apparent in Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award for Best NoSQL Database. In 2013, MongoDB was named the " best NoSQL database " by 43.6% of survey respondents. The next nearest database garnered only 15.3% of votes: While impressive, it becomes doubly so in light of MongoDB's performance in the 2012 version of Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award . Then, as now, MongoDB dominated its field. But in 2012 MongoDB won with 33.4% of the votes, with the next nearest competitor getting 22.3% of the votes: Enterprises are standardizing on a few good NoSQL database options, just as they did in the relational database market. It's simply too cumbersome to hope to embrace a dozen different databases to solve niche needs. MongoDB is clearly the enterprise standard for NoSQL. Not that we're resting on our laurels, or taking all the credit. That's not in our DNA. The MongoDB community deserves a huge amount of credit for consistently offering feedback - both positive and negative - that helps the MongoDB development community continuously improve an already exceptional database. This is not a solo effort. It's something we've earned together with you, and we thank you for making MongoDB such an excellent database.

December 4, 2013

Making MongoDB Deployment Even Easier With Bitnami's One-Click Deployment Tool

One of the primary reasons for MongoDB's popularity is what a friend of mine calls "developer ergonomics." Simply put, MongoDB is very easy to install, configure, maintain and use. In partnership with Bitnami, the MongoDB development experience just got even better. Given MongoDB's popularity with web developers, it's increasingly deployed in conjunction with a few popular web application frameworks. Dubbed the MEAN stack , it includes MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and Node.js. Bitnami has taken the individual components and removed friction to getting them to work seamlessly together by building a one-click deployment tool that allows developers to deploy and manage either on-premise, through Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Windows Azure. MongoDB recently raised $150 million to help us accelerate further improvements to MongoDB , including to operational aspects of the MongoDB experience. But MongoDB is a community. As important as the work is that we do on the kernel and other elements of the leading NoSQL database, we rely heavily on our community to improve the MongoDB experience. Bitnami has been making open-source software deployment easy for years, offering open-source applications and development stacks that have been pre-integrated and configured to be run in the cloud or on-premise. Now that Bitnami experience comes to MongoDB. We welcome Bitnami to the MongoDB community, and welcome what it is doing for the MongoDB community. Techcrunch's Alex Williams offers more color on the announcement, here .

November 14, 2013