Top 10 MongoDB Blogs of 2022

William To

2022 was a year of many milestones at MongoDB — from global events to enhancements to the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform, and everything in between. Our most popular blog posts reflected these achievements, covering announcements, events, and more, from MongoDB 6.0 to Queryable Encryption to our annual Partner of the Year awards.

Read on for a roundup of all our top blog posts from 2022.

10. Recognizing MongoDB's Partners of the Year

Partners are a big part of MongoDB’s success, helping our customers modernize their infrastructure with MongoDB, integrating MongoDB into their existing systems, and even selling Atlas on their marketplaces. Other partners also help adapt the MongoDB developer data platform to various sectors and niches, such as streaming data, ecommerce, and financial services.

Read Working Together: MongoDB’s Partner of the Year Awards to learn about a few of these organizations.

9. Syncing data with cluster-to-cluster sync

Data sync and backups are a key part of the Atlas developer data platform. Until recently, however, there was no easy way to sync data across clusters, especially if they were in different environments — think syncing a hybrid cluster with a cloud-native one.

This blog introduces cluster-to-cluster sync, which enables one-way synchronization between any two MongoDB clusters, regardless of type. The sync process is very flexible, includes real-time monitoring, and controls to pause, resume, or reverse synchronization at any time.

Read Keeping Data in Sync Anywhere with Cluster-to-Cluster Sync.

8. How MongoDB 6.0 improves time series data

Utilized in everything from IoT devices to ecommerce, time series data is an important use case for many industries. Since their release in MongoDB 5.0, time series collections have been continuously improved to help developers tackle a wider range of problems, including columnar compression for smaller storage footprints, densification for filling data gaps, and enhanced indexing on time series collections for better read performance.

Read MongoDB Announces New Time Series Capabilities Coming For MongoDB 6.0.

7. Reducing complexity with Apollo GraphQL and MongoDB Atlas

As a layer that unifies your cloud data, APIs, and services into a single, accessible schema (known as a graph), GraphQL brings a streamlined, monolithic approach to operations while retaining the benefits of a microservices architecture. This post discusses how the scalability, reliability, and usability of the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform make it an ideal data layer for any tech environment that utilizes a graph.

Read Building a Modern App Stack with Apollo GraphQL and MongoDB Atlas.

6. Improvements to change streams

Change streams enable applications to recognize data changes throughout their environment, simplifying the creation of event-driven applications and abilities like real-time personalization, notifications, and more.

This post explains the upgrades to change streams in depth, including the ability to retrieve the before and after states of documents to address more use cases; support for data definition language (DDL) operations (such as creating or dropping indexes with a single command) to simplify database management; and filtering notifications from aggregation frameworks for improved performance.

Read Change Streams in MongoDB 6.0 — Support Pre- and Post-Image Retrieval, DDL Operations, and more.

5. Breaking biases and getting more women into tech leadership

Even as representation in tech improves, only 26.7% of technologists are women — who leave the sector at a rate 45% higher than their male counterparts. For International Women’s Day, MongoDB senior product designer Ksenia Samokhvalova sat down with executives for a panel discussion on the root causes of (and potential solutions for) this issue. They discussed the differences between inclusivity and diversity, the hurdles for retention, how bias begins at a young age, and the importance of mentorship.

Read Breaking the Bias: How Can We Get More Women into Top-Level Tech.

4. Highlights from MongoDB World 2022

After three years, MongoDB World returned to New York City’s Javits Center from June 7-9 for three days of exploration, inspiration, and innovation. Readers were eager to get the scoop on everything they missed, from new product launches to workshops.

Day 1 kicked off the conference with keynotes announcing the latest features and outlining the concept of a developer data platform, an integrated set of data and application services with a unified developer experience. Day 2 included over 80 breakout sessions on topics ranging from diversity to data modeling to building with Rust. The last day featured a keynote from renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil, interactive competitions and challenges at the Builder’s Fest, and the “Chaos Presentation” from MongoDB CTO Mark Porter.

Read our recaps for day 1, day 2, and day 3 of MongoDB World. If you are interested in watching full sessions from MongoDB World, check out our playlist on YouTube.

3. Introducing MongoDB's Prometheus monitoring integration

A popular open source monitoring platform, Prometheus features a flexible query language (PromQL), a versatile data model that supports time series data, customizable alerting, a large, active user community, and consistent updates.

In this post, learn how the integration enables Prometheus to collect hardware and monitoring metrics from MongoDB and display them directly in the Prometheus UI or via Grafana dashboards. You can simplify monitoring with the Prometheus integration for MongoDB, removing the need to toggle between interfaces and keeping all your metrics in one place.

Read Introducing MongoDB’s Prometheus Monitoring Integration.

2. Queryable Encryption

For years, Queryable Encryption (QE) existed only as a theory: What if users could query fully-encrypted data, and only have to decrypt it once the results were returned? Given that data has traditionally been encrypted at rest or in transit — but not during the querying process — a feature like QE would add an additional layer of protection and remove a known vulnerability.

We were happy to see that readers were as excited as we were at the release of Queryable Encryption in preview. This announcement was only possible after years of research and partnerships with outside experts from Brown University, the University of Chicago, and a leading organization in the field. For more background on the evolution of Queryable Encryption, check out Wired’s article, A Long Awaited Defense Against Data Leaks May Have Just Arrived.

Now, you can run fast, rich queries on encrypted data at scale, keeping it secure throughout its lifecycle. Queryable Encryption also helps speed up app development because it is easy to use and set up, is compatible with MongoDB drivers, and supports strong key management and cryptography.

Read MongoDB Releases Queryable Encryption Preview.

1. 7 reasons to upgrade to MongoDB 6.0

The release of MongoDB 6.0 was big news this year. It brought improvements and new features in areas, like security, change streams, time series collections, operations, and more — making the developer data platform even easier to run, scale, and build with. As with other releases, MongoDB 6.0 removes data silos, eliminates complexity, and frees up teams to spend less time troubleshooting custom architectures — and more time creating apps and products.

Some highlights were the inclusion of Atlas Search facets to easily filter results, the creation of initial sync (via file copy) to quickly catch up new or slow nodes in your replica sets, and the addition of new operators to aggregation frameworks for faster analysis and deeper insights.

Read 7 Big Reasons to Upgrade to MongoDB 6.0.

We hope you had a great 2022, and that you enjoyed attending our events, reading our blogs, and using the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform. As always, you can sign up for a free (forever) cluster on Atlas.