This iteration includes plenty of eye candy for the visually inclined as well as bug fixes. The biggest item is the new view of MongoDB hosts - we’ve added a new view of MongoDB Deployments which shows the topology of your server environment, along with whether or not its healthy. The tabular view of hosts is still available and can be viewed via switching the view toggle. We also rolled out new dark themes for the Host Detail page.
Monitoring MongoDB continues to be priority one for our users, and this iteration we added a couple of key features:
- A new history of alert configurations
- Provide audit trail of who acknowledged an alert or deleted it, including the optional comment
- Implemented LDAP auth between Monitoring Agent and monitored hosts
MongoDB Backup functionality also received some enhancements:
- Implemented LDAP auth between Backup Agent and backed-up host
- We now allow Point in Time restores to be specified using a BSON timestamp
- Tweaked UI to show retired shards and configs so that users can still access backups for the retired members
The monitoring and backup agents also received new versions:
Monitoring Agent (version 188.8.131.52) was upgraded to Go 1.3, an updated mgo driver, which includes a fix for DNS lookup timeouts (MGO-34) and added support for LDAP authentication.
Backup Agent (version 184.108.40.206) includes the upgrade to Go 1.3, support for LDAP authentication, additional logging for when the backup agent manipulates the balancer; and http proxy configuration via the config file.
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Intern Spotlight: Russell Kaplan
This year, 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. We had the chance to sit down with intern Russell Kaplan, who is working on the C++ Driver team. Where do you go to school, what is your major, and what year are you in? I go to Stanford, where I am a computer science major and a rising sophomore. What is your role at MongoDB? I work on the C++ driver team, building a geospatial API. How did you find out about the internship program at MongoDB? Why did you choose to come to MongoDB? I met MongoDB at PennApps . The App I made there won the prize for best use in the MongoDB category. It was called screenshades, and was a chrome extension that figured out what TV shows you watch and hides spoilers for them from your twitter stream. It worked with machine learning, so we needed a lot of training data, which we scraped from Twitter and Reddit for spoiler hashtags and built a dataset off of. We then used that as a classifier. I chose to come to MongoDB because I already had a lot of experience with front-end development and building web-apps and wanted to learn more about the back-end of development. What’s your hometown? My hometown is NYC. Best city in the world! Did you have previous experience using MongoDB before you arrived? If so, how are things different now that you work at MongoDB? If not, how did you learn MongoDB and how was the education process? I used it at hackathons before. But I only really used its basic features. I learned a lot more about it after getting here. It’s really simple to use for quickly getting started with web applications. Bike or public transportation to work? Subway. What’s a typical day (or week) for you? I get into the office by 10am. Eat some breakfast in the café, catch up on emails for a bit and then get to coding. I code until lunch, have some seamless, play a game of ping pong and then code for the rest of the day. What do you love most about MongoDB? I love the people I get to work with. It’s a lot of really smart high-energy people that I have so much to learn from. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Because it’s a database and an open source company, the code really has to be production quality in a way that class work doesn’t. It’s a much more rigorous standard of development. That’s something that’s really cool to learn but challenging at times. What do you hope to accomplish while you’re here? I hope to have my code integrated into the rest of the MongoDB code base. I hope that the people who use the C++ driver appreciate the work I’ve done. What’s your favorite Seamless lunch order? Chop’t steak salad. Name one secret skill you have, unrelated to work. I can beat box. A little bit, I’m an amateur. Whose your favorite tennis player? Djokovic, he’s incredible. He also has a hilarious sense of humor and isn’t afraid to make jokes about himself and other players. Kindle or book? What’s your favorite book? Books. I’m old school. My favorite book is probably 1984. Describe your perfect weekend. Oh man. Sleep in late Saturday morning and then go play some tennis with some friends. Discover some obscure yet delicious restaurant for dinner, and then go see a Death Cab for Cutie concert. All while getting to hang-out with friends and family. 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 .
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 !