MMS offers point-in-time recovery for replica sets and consistent snapshots for sharded systems. It is also one of the lowest overhead ways to backup MongoDB, continually reading the oplog and transferring the data encrypted to the backup service.
The free tier will be available to new users during their first 12 months using MMS Backup. In that period, any monthly bill under $5 is free. What does $5 get you? It’s roughly enough to back up a 2GB database with 500MB of oplog data churn per month.
With the free tier in place, we expect MongoDB users to take advantage of this offering in a variety of ways. The free tier can be used to sample the service for a larger, mission critical application. You can also leverage MMS during development before your dataset grows. And the free tier is perfect for side projects that you want to safeguard but don’t have the time to invest in building a backup strategy.
Getting started with MMS Backup is easy:
- Create an account at mms.mongodb.com
- Install monitoring on your deployment (monitoring is free)
- Go to the Backup tab to accept legal terms and enter credit card details
- Install an agent in your environment and start an initial sync to our datacenters
- Rest assured knowing that your backups are reliable and safe
MongoDB's $150 Million Funding Round: It's about the Customer Experience
Today MongoDB announced that we raised $150 million from a variety of investors both new (Salesforce.com, T.Rowe Price, EMC and others) and old (Sequoia, Red Hat, NEA, Flybridge, etc.). It's a great day for MongoDB, both the company and the project. But mostly it's a great day for our customers and the MongoDB community in which they participate. Hip With The Hackers Over the last few years MongoDB has solidified its position as the industry's leading NoSQL database and the fastest-growing Big Data community . With this funding round, MongoDB is also the best funded Big Data technology. As enterprises invest in Big Data, they turn to the two dominant Big Data technologies, MongoDB and Hadoop , as Wikibon analysis has shown. Importantly, as can be seen in an analysis of LinkedIn profiles by 451 Research, very often enterprises discover that they already have MongoDB expertise within their organizations: Much of this success derives from MongoDB giving developers a better way to create applications . Rather than commoditizing a legacy relational database (RDBMS) market, similar to what other open-source RDBMSs have done, MongoDB significantly increases developer productivity by offering them a flexible data model. MongoDB is a significant part of what Cowen & Co. analyst Peter Goldmacher calls a "fundamental shift in the technology landscape away from legacy systems towards a new breed of better products at a lower cost for Data Management, Apps and in other areas." In other words, MongoDB is empowering the next generation of applications: post-transactional applications that rely on bigger data sets that move much faster than an RDBMS can handle. Developers have responded, voting with their apps, a considerable number of which are backed by MongoDB. A Means, Not An End Given the opportunity ahead of us, MongoDB would be irresponsible to raise less. While most of our funding comes from rapidly growing revenues, the MongoDB board of directors determined that it would be advantageous to the project and, hence, to our customers, to accelerate growth. After all, our relational database competitors have a 30-year headstart. As Max Schireson, MongoDB's CEO, articulated on his blog: We are in a market dominated by technologies with over 30 years of engineering in them. Their designs may not be as well suited to modern applications, but they are very mature, very feature rich, and have huge partner ecosystems and big companies that understand the needs of their enterprise customers behind them. They have way more tooling – and decades of refinement of operational tools. This is why we are raising $150 million. We know that it will take a large and sustained effort to build the maturity that many users expect in this market. Building out our management suite and enhancing the core product will be a ton of work. We have made great progress on security, management, stability, and scalability but we still have so much to do. For next-generation workloads in the cloud, MongoDB is already taking a lead, as Amazon Web Services data from Stackdriver seems to suggest: But MongoDB isn't intended to be a cloud-only database. It's a general purpose database, designed to be a great fit for the vast majority of worklads. We want to make it easy to run on a single node or at massive scale in the cloud or on premise. Whatever the customer needs. This funding will help. Helping Ops Fall In Love With MongoDB Some of that work will be done by MongoDB's exceptional community of developers and business partners. Among other things, the MongoDB community has contributed over 20 drivers, tripling the language compatibility of MongoDB and making it much more approachable for developers, whatever their preferred programming language. But some of it will necessarily be done by MongoDB, Inc. From Linux to JBoss to Drupal, much of the best tooling has had to be developed by a focused, highly incentivized company. MongoDB is no different. We believe we have built the world's best database for developers. Now we need to make sure it is also the world's best database for Operations professionals. So that means an improved and expanded management suite. We recently added Backup , but there are other areas that will help Operations professionals more easily manage MongoDB at the scale that we increasingly see enterprises run the database. Outside of tooling, we also recognize that we need to continue to make improvements to MongoDB's concurrency, further optimize performance and more. We don't by any stretch think we're done. The Path Forward But we're making excellent progress. In the last year since I joined MongoDB I've seen the company double its headcount and dramatically expand sales. This funding not only lets us make significant investments in improving MongoDB for both developers and Operations, but it also helps us to fund expansion geographically. We're already growing 300% or more in Europe year-over-year, and expect much of the same in Asia-Pacific. We need to help support our customers wherever they may be. Given the historic opportunity before MongoDB, it's time to step on the accelerator. Hard. -- If you're interested, please find more coverage of the funding at BusinessWeek , GigaOm , TechCrunch , VentureBeat , and ZDNet .
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