We released another round of UI beautification for MMS on September 9th, and we wanted to make sure our customers knew about all of the changes:
- An overhaul of the settings page. This is now named “Administration” and has tabs within it for billing, API keys, personal settings, group settings, user administration, and more. Billing has also been moved from the backup tab to this tab, along with invoice history.
- The Billing and Payment History page itself received a UI refresh as well.
- A new agent widget, located in the top right hand corner, will give tips about the status of all the agents along with a shortcut to their logs.
- The Monitoring Icon was renamed to “Deployment”, and a “Servers” icon was added. Clicking the servers icon will show all the information we currently have about the servers hosting your MongoDB deployment.
We also added a new alert - customers who are backing up a sharded cluster can now be notified if that cluster does not have a MongoS.
Both the monitoring agent and backup agent received fixes and new functionality for authentication using MongoDB 2.4 style client certificates. See the release notes for the agents here for more details.
Intern Spotlight: Josh Clapper
This summer, MongoDB welcomed 33 university students to our intern program in Engineering, Marketing, and Education. In this series, we'll introduce you to the talented students who are helping us transform development and operations for how we run applications today. I had the chance to sit down with Josh Clapper who spent the summer working with the Marketing team! Where do you go to school, what is your major, and what year are you in? I go to Yale University, majoring in Global Affairs and American Studies. I’m a rising junior, planning to graduate in 2016. What is your role at MongoDB? I work in Corporate Marketing, especially focusing on our partner ecosystem. How did you find out about the internship program at MongoDB? Why did you choose to come to MongoDB? I worked last summer at Crowdtap, a collaborative marketing platform based here in New York, and heard about MongoDB through some of my coworkers who knew about the company. When I was looking at where to work this summer, I submitted an application to MongoDB because the company had had a lot of success but was still small; I wanted to learn more about that environment. What’s your hometown? My hometown is Coronado, CA. Bike or public transportation to work? Subway or walking, depending on how much time I have and the weather. What’s a typical day (or week) for you? Typically I’ll get to work and see what projects I’m involved in for that particular day. I’ve been helping in product marketing, corporate communications, and community. What do you love most about MongoDB? I love the family of people who work here and the global sense of that family within the company and in the broader community of MongoDB users. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? I think the most challenging part is getting up to speed with everything MongoDB does. There’s a unique challenge every department works with. I've felt challenged every week I've been here, and it's been a big professional growth experience. What’s your favorite Seamless lunch order? Getting sandwiches from any of the American restaurants that cycle through the list, maybe with a little barbecue sauce mixed in. Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. I’m really good at remembering scenes from movies or TV shows. It’s a pretty useful secret skill. How do you like New York City? As someone from Southern California, the high usage of public transit is definitely something to get used to. The scene for technology companies here is really interesting; I’ve enjoyed learning and growing up in it. There’s also a kind of classic experience to the city, where each neighborhood comes to represent a phase of life. Kindle or book? What’s your favorite book? Book but the Kindle is growing on me. My favorite book is Joan Didion’s essay collection “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” and right now I’m reading Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Describe your perfect weekend. The perfect weekend would probably start with dinner at a friend’s apartment, maybe a party afterwards. I would get a run in, have a long brunch the next day and do some reading in Central Park. Want to help build the next revolution in database technology? MongoDB offers summer internships and new graduate opportunities to foster computer science talent across the country. Learn more about the MongoDB University Relations program . Or apply to be one of our 2015 Summer Engineering Interns!
Australian Start-Up Ynomia Is Building an IoT Platform to Transform the Construction Industry and its Hostile Environments
The trillion dollar construction industry has not yet experienced the same revolution in technology you might have expected. Low levels of R&D and difficult working environments have led to a lack of innovation and fundamental improvements have been slow. But one Australian start-up is changing that by building an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to harness construction and jobsite data in real time. “Productivity in construction is down there with hunting and fishing as one of the least productive industries per capita in the entire world. It's a space that's ripe for people to come in and really help,” explains Rob Postill , CTO at Ynomia. Ynomia has already been closely involved with many prestigious construction projects, including the residential N06 development in London’s famous 2012 Olympic Village. It was also integral to the construction of the Victoria University Tower in Australia. Link to Podcast Episode Here “These projects involve massive outflow of money: think about glass facades on modern buildings, which can represent 20-30 percent of the overall project cost. They are largely produced in China and can take 12 weeks to get here,” says Postill. “Meanwhile, the plasterer, the plumber, the electrician are all waiting for those glass facades to be put on so it is safe for them to work. If you get it wrong, you can go in the deep red very quickly.” To tackle these longstanding challenges, Ynomia aims to address the lack of connectivity, transparency and data management on construction sites, which has traditionally resulted in the inefficient use of critical personnel, equipment and materials; compressed timelines; and unpredictable cash flows. To optimize productivity, Ynomia offers a simple end-to-end technology solution that creates a Connected Jobsite. Helping teams manage materials, tools, and people across the worksite in real time. IOT in a Hostile Environment The deployment of technology in construction is often fraught with risk. As a result, construction sites are still largely run on paper, such as blueprints, diagrams and models as well as the more traditional invoices and filing. At the same time, there is a constant need to track progress and monitor massive volumes of information across the entire supply chain. Engineers, builders, electricians, plumbers, and all the other associated professionals need to know what they need to do, where they need to be, and when they need to start. “The environment is hostile to technology like GPS, computers, and mobile phone reception because you have a lot of Faraday cages and lots of water and dust,” explains Postill. “You can't have somebody wandering around a construction site with a laptop; it'll get trashed pretty quickly." Enter MongoDB Atlas “On a site, you might be talking about materials, then if you add to that plant & equipment, or bins, or tools etc, you're rapidly getting into thousands and thousands of tags, talking all the time, every day,” said Postill. That means thousands of tags now send millions of readings on Ynomia building sites around the world. All these IoT data packets must be stored efficiently and accurately so Ynomia can reassemble the history of what has happened and track tagged inventory, personnel, and vehicles around the site. Many of the tag events are also safety critical so accuracy is a vital component and packets can't be missed. To address these needs Ynomia was looking for a database that was scalable, flexible, resilient and could easily handle a wide variety of fast-changing sensor data captured from multiple devices. The final component Postill was looking for in a database layer was freedom: a database that didn't lock them into a single cloud platform as they were still in the early stages of assessing cloud partners. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation , which Postill had worked with in the past, suggested MongoDB , a general purpose, document-based database built for modern applications. “The most important factor was that the database is event-driven, which I knew would be difficult in the traditional relational model. We deal with millions of tag readings a day, which is a massive wall of data,” said Postill. A Cloud Database Ynomia is using MongoDB Atlas , the global cloud database service, now hosted on Microsoft Azure. Atlas offers best-in-class automation and proven practices that combine availability, scalability, and compliance with the most demanding data security and privacy standards. “When we started we didn't know enough about the problem and we didn't want to be constrained," explained Postill. "MongoDB Atlas gives us a cloud environment that moves with us. It allows us to understand what is happening and make changes to the architecture as we go." Postill says this combination of flexibility and management tooling also allows his developers to focus on business value not undifferentiated code. One example Postill gave was cluster administration: "Cluster administration for a start-up like us is wasted work," he said. "We’re not solving the customer's problem. We're not moving anything on. We’re focusing on the wrong thing. For us to be able to just make that problem go away is huge. Why wouldn’t you?" Atlas also gives Ynomia the option to spin out new clusters seamlessly anywhere in the world. This allows customers to keep data local to their construction site, improving latency and helping solve for regional data regulations. Real Time Analytics The company has also deployed MongoDB Charts, which takes this live data and automatically provides a real time view. Charts is the fastest and easiest way to visualize event data directly from MongoDB in order to act instantly and decisively based on the real-time insights generated by event-driven architecture. It allows Ynomia to share dashboards so all the right people can see what they need to and can collaborate accordingly. “Charts enables us to quickly visualize information without having to build more expensive tools, both internally and externally, to examine our data,” comments Postill. “As a startup, we go through this journey of: what are we doing and how are we doing it? There's a lot of stuff we are finding out along the way on how we slice and re-slice our data using Charts.” A Platform for Future Growth Ynomia is targeting a huge market and is set for ambitious growth in the coming years. How the platform, and its underlying architecture, can continue to scale and evolve will be crucial to enabling that business growth. “We do anything we can to keep things simple,” concluded Postill. “We pick technology partners that save us from spending time we shouldn't spend so we can solve real problems. We pick technologies that roll with the punches and that's MongoDB.” When we started we didn't know enough about the problem and we didn't want to be constrained," explained Postill. "MongoDB Atlas gives us a cloud environment that moves with us. It allows us to understand what is happening and make changes to the architecture as we go. Rob Postill, CTO, Ynomia