Our release this week is a tiny bit delayed, for those of you who are tracking it, due to an internal MongoDB engineering conference. There’s lots going on here at HQ, including but not limited to our upcoming release of MongoDB 2.8 .
As for the MMS release this week, we’ve been very busy:
UI & Core
- Additional API functionality (users can now add host aliases)
- Changes to the settings page - users can now leave a group, add a group, and go to each group via their personal groups list
- Additional instructions for command line for the automation agent. If you’ve never used the command line before, we’ve got you covered. There’s also a fancy copy-to-clipboard widget.
- Ability to define CNAMEs for config servers that are provisioned on own hardware (i.e. where the customer is managing DNS themselves).
- For backup customers, you’ll notice that restore jobs now calculates download/transfer time estimate and displays it in the UI
- New backup and monitoring agents that work with RHEL7
- and the newest version of Monitoring Agent will now send dbStats for all databases, even if you have more than 100 of them!
Check out all these updates and more at mms.mongodb.com !
Part 2: Your App is Taking Off, Now What? It’s Time to Scale Out MongoDB.
In our first post on scaling , we discussed fundamentals of designing a performant and scalable application on MongoDB. Once you’re confident that your application is healthy and ready to grow, it’s time to think about scaling. Before jumping into it, make sure you consider the different ways to scale, and beware of the potential pitfalls: 1. Understand Why You’re Scaling, and What Issues Are Down the Road There are a lot of ways in which an application could be experiencing growth – or constraints to growth! Your workload could be predominantly reads or predominantly writes. Maybe your access operations are under control, but your data volume isn’t. As you grow, you could hit bottlenecks caused by bad schema decisions, inefficient indexing, insufficient RAM, disk speed, network latency, poor planning of transactional vs. analytical queries, or any of dozens of other factors. All of these root causes have different potential solutions. Choosing the right strategy requires understanding your dataset, your users, how you expect to grow, and more. 2. Understand the Trade-Offs: Horizontal vs. Vertical Scaling While MongoDB makes it easy to horizontally scale out with built-in automatic sharding, sharding – or adding more shards – isn't always the only answer. In some cases, making improvements to your hardware can remove constraints that you might be encountering. For example, if your dataset grows and your working set no longer fits in RAM, you might invest in more RAM before deciding to scale out to more machines. Similarly, in some instances, it might make sense to add more or faster disks, or upgrade to SSDs. 3. Choose Your Shard Key Wisely MongoDB supports multiple shard key policies to match your needs. Your shard key selection will impact performance of your cluster. It’s critical that you pick the right key based on your application requirements and expected usage patterns. You want to ensure both even distribution of writes and query isolation – i.e., that queries are targeted to a single shard as much as possible, rather than broadcast (scatter/gather) to all shards. By thinking about these issues before choosing a shard key, you can ensure scalable growth and avoid common sharding pitfalls . So how do I make these decisions about scaling? Take advantage of the many resources we provide. You can start by talking with an expert about scaling strategies for free . When you’re ready to take the next step, our Deployment Topology consulting package is a great way to evaluate your scaling options. And you can always check out our documentation and white papers for more tips.
Building a Culture of Growth: SVP Simon Eid on MongoDB's Massive Opportunity in APAC
Simon Eid is Senior Vice President Asia-Pacific (APAC) at MongoDB and leads the sales teams across Australia and New Zealand, India, ASEAN, and Japan. Simon's go-to-market organisation in APAC is growing rapidly and has nearly tripled in size in the past three years. They are hiring in all regions . In this article, Simon discusses MongoDB’s opportunity in APAC and how he builds a culture of growth and accountability. Simon Eid, SVP APAC, MongoDB (left) and Anoop Dhankar, RVP ANZ, MongoDB (right) MongoDB's opportunity in Asia-Pacific Out of the top 13 economies by GDP in the world , five of them are located in APAC: China, Japan, Australia, India, and South Korea. And that's to say nothing of the ASEAN countries which alone have more than 650 million inhabitants. Combine this with the worldwide database market, one of the largest markets in the software industry. IDC estimates that it will grow to $137B in 2027, and MongoDB has just reached $1B in ARR. This gives you a sense of the massive market opportunity we have globally. Regardless of industry, product, or service, almost every company is becoming a technology company, which means that every company is becoming a data company. We believe MongoDB is the Developer Data Platform that is best placed to support and accelerate that trend. We’ve already captured thousands of customers around the globe, but it’s important to keep in mind that our world is still in the early stages of shifting to the cloud and changing how applications are built and run. Compared to other software, what's special about the market we play in is that the database is not a “nice-to-have”; it’s mission-critical for organisations. As our world continues to undergo this digital transformation, we have the opportunity to transform how our customers use software and data to innovate, create, and disrupt industries. For example, look at Cathay Pacific , Hong Kong's home airline carrier operating in more than 60 destinations worldwide. The company's digital team turned to MongoDB on their journey to become one of the first airlines to create a truly paperless flight deck. Flight Folder, their application built on MongoDB, consolidates dozens of different information sources into one place. Since the Flight Folder launch, Cathay Pacific has completed more than 340,000 flights with full digital integration in the flight deck. Their innovation is enabled by MongoDB. Building a team across regions and cultures Our team in APAC is unique because of the different markets and cultures within the region. What this means is that we go to market differently in India than we do in Australia, in Singapore than we do in South Korea, and so on. Each market is completely different, but within all of them, there is a huge opportunity. Different from many of our peers, in APAC we've established business leaders who run regionalized teams in India, ASEAN, and ANZ with all functions reporting to them. These teams essentially operate as their own business and implement local best practices into their strategy. But, it doesn’t mean they’re operating in a silo. At the leadership level, there is an immense amount of collaboration and sharing of experiences to identify what’s working and what isn’t within each region. We also have a fantastic global sales organisation that rolls out extensive training and best practices to help enable our local teams to best help our customers and grow the business. Members of our APAC team at a recent offsite in Phuket Culture The most important thing is culture. We have a very high standard around everything we do and how we interact with each other. We don’t entertain politics. You can teach someone new skills and coach them on how to be successful in a new role, but if they’re not aligned with the culture, they will not be a fit. It’s a non-negotiable for me and why the most important aspect of the hiring process is the cultural aspect. If you get the culture right, everything else starts to fall into place. What I hear at MongoDB and from the teams I've built at other companies is that this is the kind of culture they can really thrive and grow. At MongoDB, our culture is defined and shaped by six core values . One of the values that’s most important to my team is “Embrace the Power of Differences”. Within APAC, there are a variety of cultural identities and nuances that can often be difficult to navigate, whether it is cultural values, beliefs, or go-to-market strategy. It’s important that everyone who joins my team is respectful of each other’s regional culture. What we’ve done within the APAC region, and with teams across the globe, is take everyone on a journey to understand and embrace these cultural differences. Our role as leaders is to develop our teams, from the bottom all the way up, which is part of MongoDB’s BDR to CRO career development initiative. We need to develop the next wave of leaders so that they’re prepared to step up when the time comes. For APAC, this means that regardless of where someone is from, each team member has been coached and developed on the cultural nuances so that they can lead people and go to market in each of the different regions. It’s also important that each team member contributes to a culture of psychological safety. Being part of a high-growth tech company requires taking risks and making mistakes. We have a high standard and we hold each other accountable, but it never comes at the cost of creating an environment where people are afraid to fail. When someone faces setbacks, I encourage them to share those experiences so that we can collectively learn. Through mutual support, we foster a stronger team capable of delivering exceptional results. The future of MongoDB in Asia-Pacific For any organisation to be successful, I believe it’s critically important for the entire ecosystem to act as one. As I mentioned earlier, at MongoDB the whole country ecosystem is aligned around one set of goals, so it's not a case of different teams running off in different directions. The teams are willing to lean in and do what's required to help each other build a great business. I can confidently say that in APAC, we are one team. This means sales, marketing, customer success, solutions consulting, and professional services all working together to focus on three things: making customers successful, building technical champions, and driving new workloads. As we continue to grow our team and MongoDB’s footprint in the region, these are the three things that will drive our success. As I mentioned earlier, there's a huge opportunity for MongoDB in APAC. Despite hiring slowing down or stopping completely at many other organisations, we're continuing to invest heavily in the region. To give you a sense of that - we've nearly tripled the size of our APAC go-to-market team in the past three years, and we've got more open roles across the different functions and regions. If you want to be part of this journey, there are three things I want to reiterate: First, we are extremely passionate about our culture, from the field level up to the leadership level. As a team, this is the brand we bring to the market. Second, the opportunity here is massive based on the total addressable market and our current share. And third, we place critical importance on development. By joining this team, I can promise that you’ll be provided with countless opportunities to develop your career and make an impact. I’m confident in my team and the leadership we have in place who are ready to take MongoDB APAC to the next level. Join us !