Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) today announced its Readers’ Choice Awards, and MongoDB is thrilled to accept in the following categories:
- **[Winner: Best NoSQL Database](http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Best-NoSQL-Database-98431.aspx)
- [Finalist: Best Database (Overall)](http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/Trends-and-Applications/Best-Database-Overall-98423.aspx)**
With more than 22,000 votes cast across 31 categories, thank you to the readers of DBTA for recognizing MongoDB. And congrats to all other winners!
More about the awards here.
How And Why Verizon Wireless Chose MongoDB
Even small organizations struggle with change. But imagine that you have 103 million retail customers, roughly 1700 retail locations to serve them, and $81 billion in revenues at stake. Change necessarily comes hard to a company of that scale and reach. But change is precisely what Verizon Wireless increasingly enables using MongoDB. The Times They Are a-Changing In an organization the size of Verizon Wireless, the business needs are constantly growing and changing, as Shivinder Singh, Senior Systems Architect at Verizon Wireless, told an audience at MongoDB World 2014. These forces push Verizon Wireless to explore new and innovative ways to process manage its data as it seeks to drive greater customer value for its customers. One of those "new and innovative ways" is MongoDB, which helps Verizon Wireless get greater value from its data while simultaneously accelerating time-to-market and improving its asset utilization. As the company looks to augment its existing technologies, however, there's always a fair amount of trepidation, not to mention the ever-looming question: why can't we just do this with the technologies we already own and/or know? Data is changing. The world of relational databases at times doesn't fit the new world of unstructured or semi-structured data. Traditional technologies which at times would require a dedicated resource weeks to setup a environment could be achieved fairly quick with MongoDB. In a certain case, with MongoDB Verizon Wireless was "able to do that in two hours." Even so, Verizon Wireless discovered that one of the biggest challenges in moving to MongoDB was to "unlearn" RDBMS concepts and change the mindset to embrace new MongoDB and NoSQL concepts. But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. How did Verizon Wireless start using MongoDB? Getting Started With MongoDB Verizon Wireless opted to start small with MongoDB, though it did try before it bought, one of the cardinal virtues of open source. (More on that below.) The company decided to augment its employee portal, a business critical application that is "basically the homepage of anyone who works for Verizon." The existing portal was good, but Verizon Wireless wanted to build in new functionality to capture social feeds from Twitter and Facebook and display it specific to that user. Not so easy for a relational database. Originally the development team put MongoDB through its paces, first running a proof of concept and then rolling it out. They didn't have anyone dedicated to supporting it, however, so the development team asked Singh's team to support it. To bring himself up-to-speed with MongoDB, Singh took the route that over 200,000 other people have taken: MongoDB's free online training. As he describes it, within two days he was at a level that he could comfortably manage MongoDB. Within just two weeks he had re-architected Verizon Wireless' entire development set-up to be in a replicated cluster versus a standalone cluster. He then proceeded to test and break the cluster, recover it, test the recovery, test failover capabilities and more. But Singh wasn't done yet. Putting The MongoDB Team To The Test Going with a new technology can be risky, but choosing a new technology vendor to support is perhaps even more so. To minimize that risk, Singh decided to put MongoDB - the company - to the test. So Singh did what any other conscientious would-be buyer would do: He faked his death. Well, not his death, per se, but the death of his server (along with the secondary data center, just to make things doubly interesting). Of course MongoDB would quickly respond to a marquee customer like Verizon Wireless, however, so he also faked his identity, using an @yahoo.com email address. In other words, MongoDB's support team got a call from some no-name person with a generic email address claiming "my-server-is-down-the-world-is-on-fire-someone-help-me-NOW!" Within "a short period of time" MongoDB had assembled its engineers to resolve the issue and get Verizon Wireless back on track. Only then did the MongoDB team learn the real identity of Singh and win the deal. The Future Of MongoDB At Verizon Wireless Looking forward, Verizon Wireless has already started a new proof of concept for an online log management system. Not surprisingly, Verizon has "some huge servers, some huge clusters, and all of them generate a huge amount of log data." Given Verizon Wireless' data volumes, it also is looking for ways to pair MongoDB with Hadoop to leverage the strengths of both together. The company has been evaluating the MongoDB Connector for Hadoop . As Verizon Wireless moves forward, Singh notes that MongoDB is appropriate for "quite a lot" of its new use cases, and is therefore being evaluated for these new use cases alongside its traditional RDBMSes. That's a big change for a Fortune 50 enterprise, but Singh believes it's necessary to help the company grow and evolve to meet customer needs.. To view all of Singh's slides: How Verizon Uses Disruptive Developments for Organized Progress from MongoDB To watch the video, please click here .
Top 5 MongoDB Podcast Episodes in 2022 (so far)
At MongoDB, one of our core values is to be focused on building together. One way we lean into this value is by bringing some of the best voices and stories from the database and tech communities onto our podcast. Podcasts help communities learn and connect. So as we head toward the end of the year, let’s take a look back—or, perhaps, a listen back—to our top episodes based on listens from The MongoDB Podcast so far in 2022. Episode 107 - Introduction to WiredTiger with Dr. Michael Cahill Dr. Michael Cahill co-founded the WiredTiger company and the storage engine by the same name. In our most-listened to episode from 2022 so far, Dr. Cahill sits down with Michael to talk about the storage engine, its strengths and capabilities, and a little about his journey as a database industry legend. Episode 108 - Exploring Postman with Arlemi Turpault In this episode of the MongoDB Podcast, Michael Lynn discusses Postman with Arlemi Turpault, Senior Developer Advocate at Postman. Postman is an application used for API testing. It is an HTTP client that tests HTTP requests, utilizing a graphical user interface through which we obtain different types of responses that need to be validated. Episode 109 - Prisma and MongoDB - Better Together Prisma is an open source ORM for Node.js and TypeScript that helps developers build faster and make fewer errors. On this episode, host Mike Lynn sits down with Nikolas Burk and Matt Miller of the Prisma team to discuss the Prisma + MongoDB launch week. Burk is a Developer Advocate and Miller is a Product Manager at Prisma, and together they outline what Prisma is now capable of with MongoDB support, including effects on developer workflows and efficiency. Episode 106 - Securing the Internet with Josh Aas, Sarah Gran of ISRG In this episode of the podcast, Michael talks with Josh Aas and Sarah Gran of the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). They walk listeners through their mission to secure the internet through projects like Let's Encrypt , the automated digital certificate authority, and Prossimo , which focuses on transforming risks around memory safety in popular open source projects. MongoDB World Series Our number five blog so far in 2022 was a preview of MongoDB World. But why listen to a preview when you can dive into the actual event? Live at MongoDB World 2022, host Michael Lynn met with a variety of customers, partners, and experts on-site in New York City. Those conversations formed a great series filled with stories, learning and community. Check out the series episodes: Ep. 121 The MongoDB World Series - Oli Proulx from ChargeHub Ep. 120 The MongoDB World Series - Simcha Coleman from Inspirit Ep. 119 The MongoDB World Series - David Sarabia from inRecovery Ep. 118 The MongoDB World Series - Nick Gamble from Unqork Ep. 117 The MongoDB World Series - Beray Bentesen from Qubitro Ep. 116 The MongoDB World Series - Vatsal Singhal from Ultrahuman Subscribe to The MongoDB Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts so you can stay up to date with all our new episodes, dropping weekly. And if you are a tech expert or enthusiast with a passion for sharing your thoughts, opinions, and stories, connect with Michael Lynn to discuss a podcast guest opportunity.