GIANT Stories at MongoDB

MongoDB: The Most Wanted Database by Developers for the 4th Consecutive Year

Since 2011, Stack Overflow has taken the pulse of the developer community, revealing the top trends, technologies, and work priorities for software engineers around the world. The survey always provides fascinating insight, and 2019 was no exception with nearly 90,000 developers completing it. And now the results are in, and its another good year for MongoDB.

MongoDB Named A Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q1 2019

MongoDB has been recognized as a Leader in the NoSQL market by research firm Forrester in its Forrester Wave™: Big Data NoSQL, Q1 2019 Report. At MongoDB, this news is good to hear as we believe it validates a path we've been pioneering to establish MongoDB as the next-generation database platform of choice.

Announcing the MongoDB Global Transactions Beta Program

It was just over 12 months ago that we announced we were bringing multi-document ACID transactions to MongoDB. We shipped the first beta code a couple of weeks later, and then after several thousand of you put transactions through their paces, went to General Availability (GA) as a part of the MongoDB 4.0 release in June 2018.

We're now really excited to announce the next phase of this development with the introduction of Global Transactions, extending our multi-document ACID guarantees from replica sets to sharded clusters. As a result, it will now be even easier for you to address a complete range of use cases by enforcing transactional guarantees across high scale, globally distributed apps.

Meet Some of MongoDB's Influential Female Leaders

In celebration of International Women's Day, we are highlighting some of our most influential leaders at MongoDB and how they've grown at the company. According to Fairygodboss, promoting more women into leadership positions is one of the top things employers can do to make their female employees stay.

At MongoDB, we invest in our employees' professional growth to enable them to become leaders in their roles while pursuing their passions. A few of our leaders developed an internal Underrepresented People of Color Network, while others created a mentorship group to provide management and productivity tips. We try to empower our employees to lead in their own ways and give them the freedom to create programs where they feel they are lacking.

Ten Years On, Still Going Strong - The MongoDB-User Community

This February is the ten-year anniversary of the creation of the mongodb-user group, a group which has been and still is the backbone of the MongoDB community. From its early days as a founder-supported channel for help and feedback, it has evolved through various forms from a nexus for support question to now, where it is a space where the MongoDB user community can share their knowledge - and that's a lot of knowledge with thirty-four thousand topics. With twenty-two thousand users, it's also where MongoDB Inc employees can make the fastest connections with that community.

The Future Will Be Documented

MongoDB was born out of frustration from using relational databases not designed for today's modern applications. After 40 years of no real alternatives, we pioneered a new way to work with data -- the MongoDB document model and the associated query language.

MongoDB in 2018

Welcome to that time of the year when we look back at what we've delivered to our users and community in the past year. Here's MongoDB's 2018, month by month - it's been a great year so let's start with...


The year started with the announcement of a new Go driver in development. Go is a popular language, used widely including inside MongoDB Inc, and we decided to start developing an official driver.

MongoDB now released under the Server Side Public License

Eliot Horowitz


MongoDB has created a new software license called the Server Side Public License, or SSPL. The SSPL clarifies the conditions for making MongoDB publicly available as a service, to ensure we can continue to invest in building MongoDB for our users rather than in costly litigation over enforcing the AGPL. All subsequent versions and patch releases to prior versions of MongoDB made after October 16th, 2018 will be issued under the new SSPL.

Software as a service is one of the most significant and far-reaching paradigm shifts the technology industry has ever seen, and the market is moving to adopt it rapidly. This change is motivated by one simple truth: it is inefficient to operate software at scale when you just want to make use of its capabilities.

This should be a time of incredible opportunity for open source. The revenue generated by a service can be a great source of funding for open source projects, far greater than what has historically been available. The reality, however, is that once an open source project becomes interesting, it is too easy for large cloud vendors to capture most of the value while contributing little or nothing back to the community. As a result, smaller companies are understandably unwilling to wager their existence against the strategic interests of the large cloud vendors, and most new software is being written as closed source.

The best current solution for an open source company is to license their software under the AGPL, which requires a management stack used to operate that software as a service to be made available under the terms of the AGPL. This approach was believed to be good enough, as most people understood their obligations to comply with AGPL. However, as AGPL-licensed software like MongoDB has become more popular, organizations like the international cloud providers have begun to test the boundaries of this license. We would prefer to avoid litigation to defend the AGPL but instead devote our time to build great products for the community and our customers.

Since we own 100% of the copyright of MongoDB, one option available to us was to convert our open source license to a closed source license. We chose not to because we fundamentally believe in open source software. We believe an open source approach leads to more valuable, robust, and secure software, and it directly enables a stronger community and better products. We also could have licensed most of the code for the MongoDB server as AGPL while applying a closed license to some critical files. We chose not to do that because we believe that a uniform licensing approach, where all the code in a repository shares a single license, makes it easier to understand the obligations of using that code, leading to a stronger development community.

The community needs an updated open source license that builds on the spirit of the AGPL, but makes explicit the conditions for providing the licensed software as a service.

The SSPL is designed to make sure that companies who do run a publicly available MongoDB (or any software subject to the SSPL) as a service are giving back to the community.

It should be noted that the new license maintains all of the same freedoms the community has always had with MongoDB under the AGPL - they are free to use, review, modify, and redistribute the source code. We based the SSPL on GPL v3, with one new section that sets out an explicit condition for offering the licensed software as a service. We believe that the SSPL meets the standards for an open source license and are working to have it approved by the OSI.

Obviously, this new license helps our business, and that is one of the primary reasons we made this decision, but it is also critical for the MongoDB community. Over the past decade MongoDB has invested approximately $300M in research and development to offer an open source database to everyone, and this change protects our ability to invest aggressively in R&D to drive further innovation and value for the community.

I am convinced that the SSPL will have a positive effect on the open source community by encouraging increased investment into open source server-side software. As always, we are listening closely for your feedback, and we are eager to work with the community to drive towards a more open future.


Make Data-driven Decisions using MongoDB and Looker

Seth Payne

Company, BI

Today we are announcing a partnership and integration with Looker, a leader in modern, user-friendly business intelligence solutions. Like most BI tools, Looker works well with relational data, so the integration with MongoDB is made possible through the MongoDB Connector for Business Intelligence.

Using a simple, yet highly functional and powerful interface, Looker can ingest data from a number of different data sources empowering business users to create and manage reports and dashboards and make data-driven decisions. Now that MongoDB data can be queried by Looker directly, this removes the need to perform any ETL operations on MongoDB data.

Adding MongoDB as a data source is simple and can be accomplished through Looker’s admin interface for connections. The simplest way to get data into Looker is to use MongoDB Atlas, our DBaaS offering. Alternatively, customers can also connect to on-premises of self-managed instances. Due to MongoDB’s distributed architecture, you can connect to a dedicated secondary replica assigned to analytics and report away without impacting operational workloads running against other nodes in the cluster.

By combining the flexibility of MongoDB, along with Looker’s simple, intuitive, yet powerful interface, business users can quickly and easily gain insights from their MongoDB data. Users can create and manage dashboards, schedule reports, and even share these with colleagues. With Looker and MongoDB, business users can better understand data, identify trends, and make timely decisions based on solid analysis.

To learn more about MongoDB’s integration with Looker, please stop by our booth at Looker JOIN 2018 this week in San Francisco. There you will see hands-on demonstrations of the integration and examples of reports and dashboards that can be created using MongoDB and Looker together.

MongoDB wins 2018 Customer Impact award at SpringOne Platform!

Sarah Branfman

Cloud, Events, Company

MongoDB has won the Independent Software Vendor 2018 Pivotal Partner Award for Customer Impact , at the PivotalSpringOne Platform summit. This award recognizes partners that have delivered technology contributing to notable customer success.

We are humbled and honored!

In a world with endless options, the most sophisticated and demanding organizations choose to run their business on MongoDB. This is not a coincidence. MongoDB constantly pushes the pace of innovation to addresses the most challenging problems for our customers and strategically partners with leaders like Pivotal to deliver robust solutions to accelerate development and success.

We launched MongoDB for Pivotal Cloud FoundryⓇ (PCF) earlier this year and already have amazing and very public success. For example, Merrill Corporate launched a new category for M&A professionals with MongoDB, Pivotal and Microsoft. Our joint solution yielded 20x faster Deployment, client-identified bugs fixed in hours, 25% increase in sales and a true transformation into a product led technology organization!
Staying close to customer requirements and focused on customer success - that’s why it’s now easier than ever to rapidly deploy MongoDB powered applications on Pivotal Cloud Foundry by abstracting complexities around ensuring a consistent, predictable, and secure underlying infrastructure that can scale. MongoDB will continue with frequent updates and releases as we evolve our product inline with customer needs. Customers can download a BOSH deployed tile for Pivotal Application ServiceⓇ (PAS) and we are thrilled to announce the beta of MongoDB for the Pivotal Container ServiceⓇ (PKS) as well!

Learn more about the tile in these great posts by my colleagues: On Demand MongoDB Enterprise Server on Pivotal Cloud Foundry and MongoDB Enterprise Server for Pivotal Cloud Foundry goes GA

For those with us in Washington D.C. for the SpringOne Platform conference, we have two amazing sessions for you:

Join MongoDB’s Jeff Yemin (Lead Engineer, Database Engineering) and Pivotal’s Christoph Strobl (Software Engineer) for ‘Next Generation MongoDB: Sessions, Streams, Transactions’ and Diana Esteves (MongoDB Senior Engineer) for MongoDB + CredHub = Secure By Default Data Services on PCF and stop by our meeting room to say hello!

We’re honored to have received this prestigious award from Pivotal and look forward to continued success for our joint customers as MongoDB and Pivotal help tackle their biggest challenges!