Last June we introduced MongoDB Atlas, the database as a service for MongoDB. Atlas is designed in accordance with all of the best practices for managing MongoDB, so using it is like getting a professional MongoDB Ops team on your side. It is the easiest and most cost effective way to run MongoDB in the cloud, and it is already helping thousands of teams -- from innovative startups like Bond to established industry leaders like eHarmony and Thermo Fisher -- to build apps more efficiently by making database management as easy as possible.
We’re incredibly excited by the success our customers have had with Atlas so far, and today I’d like to share some updates to the service that will make it even easier to get started with Atlas.
Making Atlas data migrations simple with MongoMirror
It’s a cinch to spin up a MongoDB cluster with Atlas, but if you’re already running an application, you still have to migrate data, which until now has been a manual process. Today we’re introducing a new utility called MongoMirror that automates that process. MongoMirror will live migrate data to MongoDB Atlas from any pre-existing MongoDB 3.0+ replica set, making it even easier to get your existing applications migrated to Atlas.
Get MongoDB in the cloud for free with the new M0 tier
We’re also making it easier than ever to experiment with a real cloud environment for MongoDB. The new “M0” cluster type is a free cluster, ideal for learning MongoDB or building a prototype. Like our existing cluster types, the M0 tier has optimal security, availability, and managed upgrades by default.
More to come
The M0 tier and MongoMirror remove even more barriers between developers and execution of their ideas. Now you can get started with MongoDB Atlas for free, migrate without downtime, and scale up as you need, completely seamlessly. In the coming months, we’ll be bringing MongoDB Atlas to the Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure, and we’re actively working on even more tools to seamlessly migrate existing workloads to MongoDB Atlas, so stay tuned.
About the Author - Eliot Horowitz
Eliot Horowitz is CTO and Co-Founder of MongoDB. Eliot is one of the core MongoDB kernel committers. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CTO of ShopWiki. Eliot developed the crawling and data extraction algorithm that is the core of its innovative technology. He has quickly become one of Silicon Alley's up and coming entrepreneurs and was selected as one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under Age 25 nationwide in 2006. Earlier, Eliot was a software developer in the R&D group at DoubleClick (acquired by Google for $3.1 billion). Eliot received a BS in Computer Science from Brown University.
Leaf in the Wild: World’s Most Installed Learning Record Store Migrates to MongoDB Atlas to Scale Data 5x, while Reducing Costs
Learning Locker moves away from ObjectRocket to scale its learning data warehouse, used by the likes of Xerox, Raytheon and U.K. Universities. From Amazon’s recommendations to the Facebook News Feed, personalization has become ingrained in consumer experience, so it should come as no surprise that resourceful educators are now trying improve learning outcomes with that same concept. After all, no two students are identical in much the same way that no two consumers are exactly alike. Developing a truly personalized educational experience is no easy feat, but emerging standards like the xAPI are helping to make this lofty goal a reality. xAPI is an emerging specification that enables communication between disparate learning systems in a way that standardizes learning data. That data could include things like a student’s attendance in classes, or participation in online tools, but can also stretch to performance measures in the real-world, how students apply their learning. This data-led approach to Learning Analytics is helping educators improve learning practices, tailor teaching and take early intervention if it looks like a student is moving in the wrong direction. But the implications of this go far beyond the classroom, and increasingly companies are using these same techniques to support their employees development and to measure the impact of training on performance outcomes. Whilst educators are predicting the chances of a particular student dropping out, businesses can use these same tools to forecast organizational risk, based on compliance training and performance data, for example. We recently spoke with James Mullaney, Lead Developer at HT2 Labs a company that is at the forefront of the learning-data movement. HT2 Labs’ flagship product, Learning Locker , is an open source data warehouse used by the likes of the Xerox, Raytheon and a wide-range of universities to prove the impact of training and to make more informed decisions on future learning design. To continue to scale the project, better manage their operations and reduce costs, Learning Locker migrated from ObjectRocket to database as a service MongoDB Atlas . Tell us about HT2 Labs and Learning Locker. HT2 Labs is the creator of Learning Locker, which is a data warehouse for learning activity data (commonly referred to as a Learning Record Store or LRS). We have a suite of other learning products that are all integrated; Learning Locker acts as the hub that binds everything together. Our LRS uses the xAPI, which is a specification developed in part by the U.S. Department of Defense to help track military training initiatives. It allows multiple learning technology providers to send data into a single data store in a common format We started playing around with xAPI around four years ago as we were curious about the technology and had our own Social Learning Management System (LMS), Curatr. Today, Learning Locker receives learning events via an API, analyzes the data stored, and is instrumental in creating reports for our end customers. Who is using Learning Locker? The software is open source so our users range from hobbyists to enterprise companies, like Xerox, who use our LRS to track internal employee training. Another example is Jisc , the R&D organization that advances technologies in UK Higher & Further Education.. Jisc are running one of the largest national-level initiatives to implement Learning Analytics across universities in the UK and our LRS is used to ingest data and act as a single source of data for predictive models. This increased level of insight into individual behavior allows Jisc to do some interesting things, such as predict and preempt student dropouts. How has Learning Locker evolved? We’re currently on version two of Learning Locker. We’ve open sourced the product and we’ve also launched it as a hosted Software as a service (SaaS) product. Today we have clients using our LRS in on-premise installations and in the cloud. Each on-prem installation comes packaged with MongoDB. The SaaS version of Learning Locker typically runs in AWS supported by MongoDB Atlas , the managed MongoDB as a Service. Tell us about your decision to go with MongoDB for the underlying database. MongoDB was a very natural choice for us as the xAPI specification calls for student activities to be sent as JSON. These documents are immutable. For example, you might send a document that says, “James completed course XYZ.” You can’t edit that document to say that he didn’t complete it. You would have to send another document to indicate a change. This means that scale is very important as there is a constant stream of student activity that needs to be ingested and stored. We’ve been very happy with how MongoDB, with its horizontal scale-out architecture, is handling increased data volume; to be frank, MongoDB can handle more than our application can throw at it. In fact, our use of MongoDB is actually award-winning: Last year we picked up the MongoDB Innovation Award for best open source project. Beyond using the database for ingesting and storing data in Learning Locker, how else are you using MongoDB? As mentioned earlier, our LRS runs analytics on the data stored and those analytics are then using in reporting for our end users. For running those queries, we use MongoDB’s aggregation framework and the associated aggregation APIs. This allows our end users to get quick reports on information they’re interested in, such as course completion rates, score distribution, etc. Our indexes are also rather large compared to the data. We index on a lot of different fields using MongoDB’s secondary indexes. This is absolutely necessary for real-time analytics, especially when the end user wants to ask many different questions. We work closely with our clients to figure out the indexes that make the most sense based on the queries they want to run against the data. Tell us about your decision to run MongoDB in the cloud. Did you start with MongoDB Atlas or were you using a third party vendor? Our decision to use a MongoDB as a service provider was pretty simple — we wanted someone else to manage the database for us. Initially we were using ObjectRocket and that made sense for us at the time because we were hosting our application servers on Rackspace. Interesting. Can you describe your early experiences with MongoDB Atlas and the migration process? We witnessed the launch of MongoDB Atlas last year at MongoDB World 2016 and spun up our first cluster with Atlas in October. It became pretty clear early on that it would work for what we needed. First we migrated our Jisc deployment and our hosted SaaS product to MongoDB Atlas and we also moved our application servers to AWS for lower latency. The migration was completed in December with no issues. Why did you migrate to MongoDB Atlas from ObjectRocket? Cost was a major driving force for our migration from ObjectRocket. We’ve been growing and are now storing five times as much data in MongoDB Atlas at about the same costs. ObjectRocket was also pretty opaque about what was happening in the background and that’s not the case with MongoDB Atlas, which gives you greater visibility and control. I can see, for example, exactly how much RAM I’m using at any point in time. And finally, nobody is going to tell you that security isn’t important, especially in an industry where we’re responsible for handling potentially-sensitive student data. We were very happy with the native security features in MongoDB Atlas and the fact that we aren’t charged a percentage uplift for encryption, which was not the case with ObjectRocket. Do you have any plans to integrate MongoDB with any other technologies to build more functionality for Learning Locker? We’re looking into Hadoop, Spark, and Tableau for a few of our clients. MongoDB’s native connectors for Hadoop, Spark, and BI platforms come in handy for those projects. Any advice for people looking into MongoDB and MongoDB Atlas? Plan for scale. Think about what you’re doing right now and ask yourself, “Will this work when I have 100x more data? Can we afford this at 100x the scale?” The MongoDB Atlas UI makes most things extremely easy, but remember that some things you can only do through the mongo shell. You should ensure your employees learn or retain the skills necessary to be dangerous in the CLI. And this isn’t specific to just MongoDB, but think about the technology you’re partnering with and the surrounding community. For us, it’s incredibly important that MongoDB is a leader in the NoSQL space as it’s made it that much easier to talk about Learning Locker to prospective users and clients. We view it as a symbiotic relationship; if MongoDB is successful then so are we. James, thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with the MongoDB community and we look forward to seeing you at MongoDB World 2017 . For deploying and running MongoDB, MongoDB Atlas is the best mix of speed, scalability, security, and ease-of-use. Learn more about MongoDB Atlas
How DataSwitch And MongoDB Atlas Can Help Modernize Your Legacy Workloads
Data modernization is here to stay, and DataSwitch and MongoDB are leading the way forward. Research strongly indicates that the future of the Database Management System (DBMS) market is in the cloud, and the ideal way to shift from an outdated, legacy DBMS to a modern, cloud-friendly data warehouse is through data modernization. There are a few key factors driving this shift. Increasingly, companies need to store and manage unstructured data in a cloud-enabled system, as opposed to a legacy DBMS which is only designed for structured data. Moreover, the amount of data generated by a business is increasing at a rate of 55% to 65% every year and the majority of it is unstructured. A modernized database that can improve data quality and availability provides tremendous benefits in performance, scalability, and cost optimization. It also provides a foundation for improving business value through informed decision-making. Additionally, cloud-enabled databases support greater agility so you can upgrade current applications and build new ones faster to meet customer demand. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 75% of all databases will be on the cloud – either by direct deployment or through data migration and modernization. But research shows that over 40% of migration projects fail. This is due to challenges such as: Inadequate knowledge of legacy applications and their data design Complexity of code and design from different legacy applications Lack of automation tools for transforming from legacy data processing to cloud-friendly data and processes It is essential to harness a strategic approach and choose the right partner for your data modernization journey. We’re here to help you do just that. Why MongoDB? MongoDB is built for modern application developers and for the cloud era. As a general purpose, document-based, distributed database, it facilitates high productivity and can handle huge volumes of data. The document database stores data in JSON-like documents and is built on a scale-out architecture that is optimal for any kind of developer who builds scalable applications through agile methodologies. Ultimately, MongoDB fosters business agility, scalability and innovation. Key MongoDB advantages include: Rich JSON Documents Powerful query language Multi-cloud data distribution Security of sensitive data Quick storage and retrieval of data Capacity for huge volumes of data and traffic Design supports greater developer productivity Extremely reliable for mission-critical workloads Architected for optimal performance and efficiency Key advantages of MongoDB Atlas , MongoDB’s hosted database as a service, include: Multi-cloud data distribution Secure for sensitive data Designed for developer productivity Reliable for mission critical workloads Built for optimal performance Managed for operational efficiency To be clear, JSON documents are the most productive way to work with data as they support nested objects and arrays as values. They also support schemas that are flexible and dynamic. MongoDB’s powerful query language enables sorting and filtering of any field, regardless of how nested it is in a document. Moreover, it provides support for aggregations as well as modern use cases including graph search, geo-based search and text search. Queries are in JSON and are easy to compose. MongoDB provides support for joins in queries. MongoDB supports two types of relationships with the ability to reference and embed. It has all the power of a relational database and much, much more. Companies of all sizes can use MongoDB as it successfully operates on a large and mature platform ecosystem. Developers enjoy a great user experience with the ability to provision MongoDB Atlas clusters and commence coding instantly. A global community of developers and consultants makes it easy to get the help you need, if and when you need it. In addition, MongoDB supports all major languages and provides enterprise-grade support. Why DataSwitch as a partner for MongoDB? Automated schema re-design, data migration & code conversion DataSwitch is a trusted partner for cost-effective, accelerated solutions for digital data transformation, migration and modernization through a modern database platform. Our no-code and low-code solutions along with cloud data expertise and unique, automated schema generation accelerates time to market. We provide end-to-end data, schema and process migration with automated replatforming and refactoring, thereby delivering: 50% faster time to market 60% reduction in total cost of delivery Assured quality with built-in best practices, guidelines and accuracy Data modernization: How “DataSwitch Migrate” helps you migrate from RDBMS to MongoDB DataSwitch Migrate (“DS Migrate”) is a no-code and low-code toolkit that leverages advanced automation to provide intuitive, predictive and self-serviceable schema redesign from a traditional RDBMS model to MongoDB’s Document Model with built-in best practices. Based on data volume, performance, and criticality, DS Migrate automatically recommends the appropriate ETTL (Extract, Transfer, Transform & Load) data migration process. DataSwitch delivers data engineering solutions and transformations in half the timeframe of the existing typical data modernization solutions. Consider these key areas: Schema redesign – construct a new framework for data management. DS Migrate provides automated data migration and transformation based on your redesigned schema, as well as no-touch code conversion from legacy data scripts to MongoDB Atlas APIs. Users can simply drag and drop the schema for redesign and the platform converts it to a document-based JSON structure by applying MongoDB modeling best practices. The platform then automatically migrates data to the new, re-designed JSON structure. It also converts the legacy database script for MongoDB. This automated, user-friendly data migration is faster than anything you’ve ever seen. Here’s a look at how the schema designer works. Refactoring – change the data structure to match the new schema. DS Migrate handles this through auto code generation for migrating the data. This is far beyond a mere lift and shift. DataSwitch takes care of refactoring and replatforming (moving from the legacy platform to MongoDB) automatically. It is a game-changing unique capability to perform all these tasks within a single platform. Security – mask and tokenize data while moving the data from on-premise to the cloud. As the data is moving to a potentially public cloud, you must keep it secure. DataSwitch’s tool has the capability to configure and apply security measures automatically while migrating the data. Data Quality – ensure that data is clean, complete, trustworthy, consistent. DataSwitch allows you to configure your own quality rules and automatically apply them during data migration. In summary: first, the DataSwitch tool automatically extracts the data from an existing database, like Oracle. It then exports the data and stores it locally before zipping and transferring it to the cloud. Next, DataSwitch transforms the data by altering the data structure to match the re-designed schema, and applying data security measures during the transform step. Lastly, DS Migrate loads the data and processes it into MongoDB in its entirety. Process Conversion Process conversion, where scripts and process logic are migrated from legacy DBMS to a modern DBMS, is made easier thanks to a high degree of automation. Minimal coding and manual intervention are required and the journey is accelerated. It involves: DML – Data Manipulation Language CRUD – typical application functionality (Create, Read, Update & Delete) Converting to the equivalent of MongoDB Atlas API Degree of automation DataSwitch provides during Migration Schema Migration Activities DS Automation Capabilities Application Data Usage Analysis 70% 3NF to NoSQL Schema Recommendation 60% Schema Re-Design Self Services 50% Predictive Data Mapping 60% Process Migration Activities DS Automation Capabilities CRUD based SQL conversion (Oracle, MySQL, SQLServer, Teradata, DB2) to MongoDB API 70% Data Migration Activities DS Automation Capabilities Migration Script Creation 90% Historical Data Migration 90% 2 Catch Load 90% DataSwitch Legacy Modernization as a Service (LMaas): Our consulting expertise combined with the DS Migrate tool allows us to harness the power of the cloud for data transformation of RDBMS legacy data systems to MongoDB. Our solution delivers legacy transformation in half the time frame through pay-per-usage. Key strengths include: ● Data Architecture Consulting ● Data Modernization Assessment and Migration Strategy ● Specialized Modernization Services DS Migrate Architecture Diagram Contact us to learn more.