September 26, 2023 | Updated: September 28, 2023
Change is essential to growth and progress in open source technology. MongoDB is announcing today that we’re renaming Realm to MongoDB Atlas Device SDKs. We will continue offering MongoDB Atlas Device SDKs as a free and open source project under Apache License 2.0.
MongoDB acquired Realm and its technology in 2019 and has continued development of the project to provide developers a synchronized data layer between devices and the cloud that makes it easier to build mobile applications, including support for multiple programming languages, development frameworks, and cloud providers.
MongoDB will continue open source development of Realm as Atlas Device SDKs, and developers are free to use the project — with or without MongoDB Atlas — to build reactive mobile applications using the technology of their choice.
Introducing Atlas for the Edge
This post is also available in: Deutsch , Português . We are thrilled to introduce MongoDB Atlas for the Edge at MongoDB.local London. This new solution is designed to streamline the management of data generated across various sources at the edge, including devices, on-premises data centers, and the cloud. Edge computing, which brings data processing closer to end-users, offers significant advantages. At the same time, it often proves challenging due to complex networking, data volume management, and security concerns, which can deter many organizations. They are also costly to build, maintain, and scale. Some challenges organizations face include: Significant technical expertise to manage the complexity of networking and high volumes of distributed data required to deliver reliable applications that run anywhere Stitching together hardware and software solutions from multiple vendors, resulting in complex and fragile systems that are often built using legacy technology that is limited by one-way data movement and requires specialized skills to manage and operate Constant optimization of edge devices due to their constraints — like limited data storage and intermittent network access — which makes keeping operational data in sync between edge locations and the cloud difficult Security vulnerabilities and frequent firmware patches and updates to ensure data privacy and compliance MongoDB Atlas for the Edge simplifies all of these manual tasks. It allows MongoDB to run on diverse edge infrastructure, from self-managed, on-premises servers to cloud deployments offered by major cloud providers. Data seamlessly flows between and is kept synchronized across all sources, ensuring real-time data delivery with minimal latency. Check out our AI resource page to learn more about building AI-powered apps with MongoDB. With MongoDB Atlas for the Edge, organizations can now use a single, unified interface to deliver a consistent and frictionless development experience from the edge to the cloud — and everything in between. Together, the capabilities included with MongoDB Atlas for the Edge allow organizations to significantly reduce the complexity of building edge applications and architectures: Run MongoDB on a variety of edge infrastructure for high reliability with ultra-low latency: With MongoDB Atlas for the Edge, organizations can run applications on MongoDB using a wide variety of infrastructure, including self-managed, on-premises servers, such as those in remote warehouses or hospitals, in addition to edge infrastructure managed by major cloud providers including AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. For example, data stored in MongoDB Enterprise Advanced on self-managed servers can be automatically synced with MongoDB Atlas Edge Server on AWS Local Zones and MongoDB Atlas in the cloud to deliver real-time application experiences to edge devices with high reliability and single-digit millisecond latency. MongoDB Atlas for the Edge allows organizations to deploy applications anywhere, even in remote, traditionally disconnected locations — and keep data synchronized between edge devices, edge infrastructure, and the cloud — to enable data-rich, fault-tolerant, real-time application experiences. Atlas Edge Server is now in private preview, learn more on our product page . Run applications in locations with intermittent network connectivity: With Atlas Edge Server and Atlas Device Sync , organizations can use a pre-built, local-first data synchronization layer for applications running on kiosks or on mobile and IoT devices to prevent data loss and improve offline application experiences. MongoDB Edge Servers can be deployed in remote locations to allow devices to sync directly with each other—without the need for connectivity to the cloud—using built-in network management capabilities. Once network connectivity is available, data is automatically synchronized between devices and the cloud to ensure applications are up to date for use cases like inventory and package tracking across supply chains, optimizing delivery routes in remote locations, and accessing electronic health records with intermittent network connectivity. Build and deploy AI-powered edge computing applications: Data is required for generative AI and machine learning technologies to function and Atlas for the Edge provides provides the data transport necessary to provide low-latency, intelligent functionality at the edge directly on devices—even when network connectivity is unavailable. For example, data stored on MongoDB Atlas can be enhanced with embeddings with Atlas Vector Search . These documents can be synchronized down to mobile or edge devices using Atlas Device Sync. The embeddings can then be used with platform specific libraries like CoreML to perform ML classification. Additionally in reverse, data is the oil for training AI models and edge computing developers spend a ton of time writing non-differentiated code to synchronize data to the cloud, particularly in poor connectivity locations. By gather data at the edge and then using Atlas Device Sync to synchronize the data to the cloud - the data can then be used to train models or use Atlas Vector Search to generate embeddings and relevance search. Store and process real-time and batch data from IoT devices to make it actionable: With MongoDB Atlas Stream Processing , organizations can ingest and process high-velocity, high-volume data from millions of IoT devices (e.g., equipment sensors, factory machinery, medical devices) in real-time streams or in batches when network connectivity is available. Data can then be easily aggregated, stored, and analyzed using MongoDB Time Series collections for use cases like predictive maintenance and anomaly detection with real-time reporting and alerting capabilities. MongoDB Atlas for the Edge provides all of the tools necessary to process and synchronize virtually any type of data across edge locations and the cloud to ensure consistency and availability. Easily secure edge applications for data privacy and compliance: MongoDB Atlas for the Edge helps organizations ensure their edge deployments are secure with built-in security capabilities. The Atlas Device SDK provides out-of-the-box data encryption at rest, on devices, and in transit over networks to ensure data is protected and secure. Additionally, Atlas Device Sync provides fine-grained role-based access, with built-in identity and access management (IAM) capabilities that can also be combined with third-party IAM services to easily integrate edge deployments with existing security and compliance solutions. Some of the leading organizations are leveraging Atlas for the Edge today. For example: Cathay Pacific , Hong Kong’s home airline providing passenger and cargo services to destinations around the world, understood the need for digital transformation in their critical pilot briefing process and in-flight operations. With MongoDB Atlas, they were the very first to digitize their flight operations process with an iPad app, Flight Folder, enabling one of the first zero paper flights in the world in September of 2019. MongoDB’s developer data platform met their requirements for this and many other projects, successfully improving costs, operational efficiency, and accuracy, while also reducing environmental impact. Read the case study to learn more. Cloneable provides low/no-code tools to enable instant deployment of AI applications to a spectrum of devices—mobile, IoT devices, robots, and beyond. “We collaborated with MongoDB because Atlas for the Edge provided capabilities that allowed us to move faster while providing enterprise-grade experiences,” said Tyler Collins, CTO at Cloneable. “For example, the local data persistence and built-in cloud synchronization provided by Atlas Device Sync enables real-time updates and high reliability, which is key for Cloneable clients bringing complex, deep tech capabilities to the edge. Machine learning models distributed down to devices can provide low-latency inference, computer vision, and augmented reality. Atlas Vector Search enables vector embeddings from images and data collected from various devices to allow for improved search and analyses. MongoDB supports our ability to streamline and simplify heavy data processes for the enterprise.” To learn more about the solution announced today, and find out how retailers and healthcare organizations are leveraging the solution, please visit the web page for Atlas for the Edge .
Vector Search and Dedicated Search Nodes: Now in General Availability
Today we’re excited to take the next step in adding even more value to the Atlas platform with the general availability (GA) release of both Atlas Vector Search and Search Nodes. Since announcing Atlas Vector Search and dedicated infrastructure with Search Nodes in public preview, we’ve seen continued excitement and demand for additional workloads using vector-optimized search nodes. This new level of scalability and performance ensures workload isolation and the ability to better optimize resources for vector search use cases. Atlas Vector Search allows developers to build intelligent applications powered by semantic search and generative AI over any data type. Atlas Vector Search solves the challenge of providing relevant results even when users don’t know what they’re looking for and uses machine learning models to find results that are similar for almost any type of data. Within just five months of being announced in public preview, Atlas Vector Search has already received the highest developer net promoter score (NPS) — a measure of how likely someone is to recommend a solution to someone else — and is the second most widely used vector database, according to Retool’s State of AI report . There are two key use cases for Atlas Vector Search to build next-gen applications: Semantic search: searching and finding relevant results from unstructured data, based on semantic similarity Retrieval augmented generation (RAG): augment the incredible reasoning capabilities of LLMs with feeds of your own, real-time data to create GenAI apps uniquely tailored to the demands of your business. Atlas Vector Search unlocks the full potential of your data, no matter whether it’s structured or unstructured, taking advantage of the rise in popularity and usage of AI and LLMs to solve critical business challenges. This is possible due to Vector Search being part of the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform, which starts with our flexible document data model and unified API providing one consistent experience. To ensure you unlock the most value possible from Atlas Vector Search, we have cultivated a robust ecosystem of AI integrations, allowing developers to build with their favorite LLMs or frameworks. Our ecosystem of AI integrations for Atlas Vector Search To learn more about Atlas Vector Search, watch our short video or jump right into the tutorial . Atlas Vector Search also takes advantage of our new Search Nodes dedicated architecture, enabling better optimization for the right level of resourcing for specific workload needs. Search Nodes provide dedicated infrastructure for Atlas Search and Vector Search workloads, allowing you to optimize compute resources and fully scale search needs independent of the database. Search Nodes provide better performance at scale, delivering workload isolation, higher availability, and the ability to better optimize resource usage. In some cases we’ve seen 60% faster query time for some users' workloads, leveraging concurrent querying in Search Nodes. In addition to the compute-heavy search nodes we provided in the public preview, this GA release includes a memory-optimized, low CPU option that is optimal for Vector Search in production. This makes resource contention or the possibility of a resulting service interruption (due to your database and search sharing the same infrastructure previously) a thing of the past. Coupled Architecture (left) compared with the decoupled Search Node architecture (right) We see this as the next evolution of our architecture for both Atlas Search and Vector Search, furthering the value provided by the MongoDB developer data platform. At this time Search Nodes are currently available on AWS single-region clusters (with Google Cloud and Azure coming soon), as customers can continue using shared infrastructure for Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Read our initial announcement blog post to view the steps of how to turn on Search Nodes today, or jump right into the tutorial . Both of these features are available today for production usage. We can’t wait to see what you build, and please reach out to us with any questions.