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MongoDB highlights from AWS re:Invent 2022
Since its inception a decade ago, AWS re:Invent has become one of the preeminent conferences for the global cloud community — and a venue for inspiration, exploration, and innovation. This year, MongoDB attended and hosted talks, workshops, and sessions; met with customers and partners; and connected with developers and potential and current customers in the expo hall. MongoDB is the AWS Marketplace Partner of the Year - EMEA MongoDB was awarded the AWS Marketplace Partner of the Year for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Since 2021, MongoDB Atlas on AWS has grown by 173 percent among EMEA users, a result of a deeper collaboration with AWS and increased attention to the customer experience. For instance, we’ve simplified the purchase and pricing of MongoDB on AWS; partnered with AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights for increased security, compliance, and confidence; helped customers accelerate their migrations to MongoDB on AWS; and more. For more details, read “ MongoDB and AWS: How a decade-old collaboration got even better in 2022 .” MongoDB customers were everywhere at AWS re:Invent Many MongoDB customers trust AWS for their cloud computing needs, making AWS re:Invent an ideal opportunity to better understand customer needs and use cases, strengthen relationships, and plan for the new year. We were happy to see how many MongoDB customers were mentioned in AWS CEO Adam Selipsky’s keynote address . In between debuting new AWS features and capabilities, Selipsky also mentioned many AWS and MongoDB customers, including Intuit , Okta , Palo Alto Networks , Expedia , and Epic Games . In fact, two-thirds of the brands mentioned across all four keynotes use and trust MongoDB. Additionally, joint MongoDB and AWS partners Vercel and BigID , as well as customers TEG/Ticketek and Midland Credit Management , were featured on the Voice of the Customer series . The videos should be posted on the Amazon Partner Network channel soon . MongoDB customer and partner live streams from re:Invent From fashion startups to telecommunications providers, MongoDB customers span a wide range of industries, sizes, and business models. To help them share their diverse experiences, we also live-streamed conversations with leaders from four innovative MongoDB customers and partners: Okta/Auth0 , VEERUM , Alloy Automation , and Vercel . For our first livestream, MongoDB developer relations lead Shane McAllister sat down with Okta VP of engineering Andrew Yu for a conversation on how Okta became the preferred identity provider of tech teams across a range of industries and sectors. MongoDB developer relations lead Shane McAllister discusses the meteoric rise of Okta with Okta VP of engineering Andrew Yu. Next, MongoDB senior developer advocate Jesse Hall spoke with VEERUM CTO Rob Southon about their unique “digital twin” technology that allows remote site visits, enabling VEERUM customers to reduce time, money, and environmental impact. MongoDB senior developer advocate Jesse Hall and VEERUM CTO Rob Southon discuss VEERUM's innovative asset management model and how it reduces costs and carbon footprint. Afterward, Gregg Mojica, co-founder of Alloy Automation , spoke to MongoDB principal developer advocate Mike Lynn about his tech journey, including Alloy’s participation in the MongoDB for Startups program , overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the successful completion of a Series A funding round. MongoDB principal developer advocate Michael Lynn talks to Alloy Automation co-founder Gregg Mojica about Alloy’s journey. Shane McAllister also sat down with Vercel CEO Guillermo Rauch for a discussion about the MongoDB integration in the Vercel Marketplace , new announcements for Next.js 13 , and the latest World Cup win for Argentina ⚽️. MongoDB developer relations lead Shane McAllister speaks with Vercel CEO Guillermo Rauch on all the new Vercel announcements at AWS re:Invent 2022. MongoDB executives on prime time MongoDB CEO Dev Ittycheria and CISO Lena Smart were featured on theCube by SiliconANGLE , a leading tech news site. Ittycheria discussed some of current data trends, including the link between productivity and innovation, how consolidating tech stacks accelerates the release cycle, and how the MongoDB developer data platform empowers teams to make decisions faster and shorten time to market. MongoDB CEO Dev Ittycheria sits down with interviewers from SiliconANGLE’s theCube talk show to talk about today’s rapidly evolving data landscape. In her interview on theCube , Smart covered a variety of subjects, including new security features like Queryable Encryption , how to turn security from an obstacle to an opportunity, and the evolution of MongoDB. She also compared and contrasted emerging security challenges (from AI to quantum computing) with past crises like Y2K. In this episode of SiliconANGLE’s theCube, MongoDB CISO Lena Smart reflects on past crises, the development of MongoDB, and how to turn security from obstacle to opportunity. Lastly, SVP of product management Andrew Davidson spoke with Patrick Moorhead and David Newman from Futurum Research on The Six Five on the Road at AWS re:Invent 2022 show . Davidson began with an explanation of the data landscape, defining and discussing transactional data before explaining how MongoDB’s innovative document data model empowers developers with its flexibility and ease of use. Security and "The Rise of the Developer Data Platform" In CISO Lena Smart’s re:Invent fireside chat with MongoDB’s Karen Huaulme, Principal Developer Advocate; Andrew Davidson, SVP, Products; and Krista Braun, Executive Keynote Advisor; Smart discussed how security innovations played an important role in the growth of the MongoDB Atlas developer data platform , an integrated set of data and application services that share a unified developer experience. MongoDB CISO Lena Smart presents “The Rise of the Developer Data Platform,” before joining MongoDB employees Andrew Davidson, Krista Braun, and Karen Huaulme for a panel discussion on the evolution of MongoDB. Making the most out of your data On each day of AWS re:Invent, MongoDB hosted lightning talks at our in-booth theater, covering a variety of practical topics such as frontend development, real-time analytics, and more. In his two daily sessions, executive solutions architect Sigfrido “Sig” Narváez discussed different ways to maximize the value of your data. In the first workshop, Narváez and Ralph Capasso, director of engineering for MongoDB Data Lake , used real (and fictional) open source data from a Blue Origin rocket launch to demonstrate how the Atlas developer data platform can streamline tech stacks and provide real-time analytics and visualizations to boost customer engagement. Check out the rocket-analytics GitHub repo for more information. In his next workshop, Narváez discussed how to tap into data locked away in relational databases by migrating to the Atlas developer data platform. In his demo, Narváez covered several key competencies, including transforming data with the MongoDB Relational Migrator , invoking a GraphQL endpoint with Postman , and using the Realm SDK to build a mobile app enabled with cloud sync. Visit the liberate-data GitHub repo for more information, including a complete Postman collection to import into your environment. MongoDB executive solutions architect Sigfrido “Sig” Narváez presents a workshop at the in-booth theater at AWS re:Invent 2022. Demystifying the edge Following up on a MongoDB World presentation, “ Building Your First Edge Computing App with MongoDB Atlas Device Sync, Realm, & Verizon 5G Edge ,” MongoDB solutions architect and Realm specialist Mark Brown put together a practical, step-by-step tutorial on how developers can use LTE and 5G networks to bypass the physical fiber optic infrastructure of the internet, and deliver speedy, seamless service. Although Brown’s re:Invent sessions were not recorded, you can access the workshop modules for a self-guided walkthrough. Read the Mobile Edge Computing: Realizing the Benefits of 5G with MongoDB and Verizon 5G Edge white paper and blog series for more information. MongoDB solutions architect (and Realm specialist) Mark Brown hosts his workshop on bypassing physical internet infrastructure using LTE and 5G networks and edge applications. The evolution of a data-driven application In her workshop “ 10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Data Could Do for You ,” MongoDB principal developer advocate Karen Huaulme shared her experience in creating a data-driven application. Read “ Streamline, Simplify, Accelerate: New MongoDB Features Reduce Complexity ” to learn more. MongoDB principal developer advocate Karen Huaulme shares the struggles, rewards, and lessons learned from building a data-driven application. Transitioning from relational to NoSQL MongoDB developer relations director Rick Houlihan shared cultural and operational aspects of switching from relational to NoSQL. Watch the recording of his talk, " From RDBMS to NoSQL ,” or read " Relational to NoSQL at Enterprise Scale .” MongoDB developer relations director Rick Houlihan talks about the cultural shift from relational to NoSQL at AWS re:Invent 2022. If you attended AWS re:Invent 2022, we hope you had a good time, and that we’ll see you there next year. In the meantime, you can run MongoDB Atlas on AWS — just head to the AWS Marketplace to get started. Sign up for a free trial to test out all the features and abilities that you’ve heard so much about.
MongoDB and AWS: How a decade-old collaboration got even better in 2022
Developers select MongoDB because it makes building with data for almost any class of application easy and fast for them. They select Amazon Web Services (AWS) because it offers a comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering more than 200 fully featured services. Bringing together MongoDB Atlas on AWS helps developers build and ship higher quality applications faster and scale them further. MongoDB has collaborated with AWS for close to a decade now, but 2022 has seen dramatic growth in both the quantity and quality of our joint activities, resulting in a strategic collaboration agreement announced earlier this year. Our collaboration spans joint product engineering and integration so MongoDB Atlas is a first-party service on AWS, and also extends to making it easy for customers to procure MongoDB Atlas on AWS. In 2022, we have worked more closely together than ever before. In this post, we'll cover what we've achieved, and how our customers benefit. If at any point you want to stop reading about the partnership and experience it in action, we invite you to get started for free with MongoDB's fully managed, pay-as-you-go listing on the AWS Marketplace . Delivering an outstanding customer experience Since re:Invent 2021, MongoDB and AWS have jointly seen an explosion in customer success, with MongoDB for Startups becoming one of the most widely used offerings in the AWS Activate program after we launched in July. And, since launching in the AWS Marketplace with pay-as-you-go pricing in December 2021, MongoDB Atlas has become one of the most popular self-service listings, with well over 1,000 customers. More broadly, we've seen our AWS Marketplace business show triple-digit growth through significant, mutual investments across engineering, sales, and marketing. We've also found great success working with AWS' Workload Migration and Proof of Concept programs, helping many new customers accelerate their migration to MongoDB Atlas on AWS over the past 12 months. Additionally, while MongoDB works closely with AWS across the globe, we devoted increased attention to Europe this past year, resulting in a considerable increase in customer adoption. As a result, AWS named us their AWS Marketplace Partner of the Year - EMEA in November 2022. One way that we've helped to accelerate such customer success is by making it easier to procure MongoDB Atlas on AWS. Over the past year, MongoDB and AWS have significantly simplified the purchasing experience for customers. We did this across a few key areas. One thing customers love about buying through AWS Marketplace is how seamless it makes the purchasing experience. However, historically this has been slowed somewhat for MongoDB customers by the need to agree to separate legal terms. Starting in November 2022, however, all Atlas on AWS customers purchasing through the AWS Marketplace Self Service listing use AWS Marketplace’s Standard Contract for Marketplace (SCMP) terms and conditions rather than MongoDB Cloud Terms of Service, thereby further reducing friction to getting productive, faster, with MongoDB. In 2022, we also helped customers buy MongoDB with confidence through AWS Marketplace Vendor Insights . AWS Vendor Insights "simplif[ies] third-party software risk assessments by compiling security and compliance information in a unified dashboard." It's an important way we're working together to increase customer confidence, ensuring they can buy MongoDB in AWS Marketplace with security and control. Close product collaboration Behind these improvements to our joint purchasing experience were significant improvements to how MongoDB Atlas integrates with key AWS services. MongoDB has long worked seamlessly with core AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and more recently has collaborated with AWS to ensure tight integration with AWS container services like Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) and Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS serverless technologies like AWS Lambda, Amazon Eventbridge, and AWS Fargate; and edge computing services like AWS Wavelength . Over the past year, however, we've delved more deeply into AWS machine learning services (Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Kendra, Amazon Lex, etc.), AWS AppSync, Amazon Forecast, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and more. In addition to direct integrations with AWS services, we made it simpler for customers to use MongoDB with important joint partners such as Datadog, Databricks, and Confluent. For Datadog, we improved MongoDB Atlas App Service to support forwarding logs on AWS to Datadog, thereby improving observability through real-time log analytics. With Databricks, we announced MongoDB as a data source within a Databricks notebook, thereby offering data practitioners an easier, more curated experience for connecting Databricks to MongoDB Atlas data. And with Confluent, we strengthened our integrations to help developers easily build robust, reactive data pipelines that stream events between applications and services in real time. Through innovations to the purchasing process and the product experience, we've helped make thousands of customers successful running MongoDB on AWS. Some joint customers, like Unqork , are upending entire industries with innovative approaches to technology and business. Others, like Volvo's Connected Solutions business , rely on MongoDB and AWS to scale their fleet management solution from tens of millions to billions of daily events. Other recent customers include Verizon , Marsello , GLS , and Shopline . Get started with MongoDB Atlas on AWS You needn't take our word for it, however. With just a few clicks — and no risk — you can get started for free with MongoDB Atlas on AWS . There's no upfront commitment, and if you choose to continue to build with MongoDB on AWS, you only pay for what you use.
10 years of MongoDB customers at AWS re:Invent
MongoDB has attended AWS re:Invent since its inception in 2012. A key reason for this is, of course, to help strengthen our partnership with AWS, which really began in 2015 and significantly expanded in March 2022 with a global, strategic collaboration agreement. But an even more fundamental reason for MongoDB's continued presence at AWS re:Invent over the years is the opportunity to engage with our many joint customers. Several MongoDB customers have been featured in re:Invent keynotes over the years. In fact, looking back at the customers AWS chose to feature in its keynotes, it's hard to find examples that are not MongoDB customers. Earlier this year, AWS celebrated 10 years of re:Invent by showcasing an equal number of "memorable customer moments" from the re:Invent mainstage. It was a great way to reaffirm AWS Leadership Principle #1 (Customer Obsession). It was also a great way to shine a light on the great things MongoDB's customers are doing. Rather than rewind on the many MongoDB customers spotlighted at re:Invent, let's look at those AWS called "most memorable" in its blog. All in on cloud Back in 2015, Capital One CIO Rob Alexander took to the re:Invent stage to discuss Capital One's "all in" approach to cloud. "We’re either using or experimenting with nearly every AWS service," Alexander said. What he didn't say, but which the company has been quite public about over the years, was how Capital One uses MongoDB in tandem with AWS services. A few months after Alexander's re:Invent comments, Capital One's Oron Gill Haus spoke at MongoDB World on Hygieia , the company's open source DevOps dashboard. Hygieia, built on MongoDB, provides the foundation for the company's attempts to reimagine banking. Haus detailed why MongoDB is so critical to Capital One's need to innovate quickly on customers' behalf, stressing how the variety and velocity of data makes MongoDB an ideal solution: We get data in from all different kinds of sources and formats, and we get it at different times. Now, what we have to do is predict the future and how you're planning on using the data. That's where traditional databases fall down. That's where you'll see MongoDB. We want to have the ability to find insights and be able to react quickly to those insights. Years later, Capital One advertises hundreds of jobs for those with MongoDB experience. (Hint: You may need to know how to roll back a MongoDB query for some of those jobs.) Capital One is doing impressive work with MongoDB, but it's not alone in its use of MongoDB for financial services. Goldman Sachs, Citi, Barclays, BBVA, Charles Schwab, FICO, HSBC, and Intuit are just a few MongoDB customers that have spoken publicly of how and why they use MongoDB. And, yes, some of these companies you may remember from the re:Invent main stage over the years. MongoDB to the Moon! Years before NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) took to the re:Invent stage (2016), the U.S. public agency was running MongoDB throughout NASA . By 2018, MongoDB was involved in the hugely interesting NASA Deep Space Network (DSN), a primary resource for communications and navigation for NASA's and partner agencies' interplanetary space missions. NASA had recently upgraded its decades-old infrastructure to base its modern Loading Analysis and Planning Software (LAPS) on Linux and MongoDB. LAPS, as a scientific paper details , "is responsible for long-term planning and forecasting, including studies and analysis of new missions, changed mission requirements, downtime, and new or changed antenna capabilities." Around the same time, and a key part of DSN operations, NASA was also looking for ways to improve the efficiency of operating antennas across the globe. The heart of this initiative was NASA's Link Complexity and Maintenance software (LCM), which stores all pertinent data in MongoDB. Hence, while it might not be accurate to say that MongoDB runs on the Moon, it would be true to say MongoDB helps NASA manage space missions to the Moon—and beyond. Can you hear me now? "[I]t’s just a massive moment for us at Verizon,” declared Hans Vestberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon, at re:Invent in 2019. He was talking about the company's partnership with AWS to deliver 5G network edge computing using AWS Wavelength. What wasn't said in the keynote, but that Robert Belson, Principal Engineer, Corporate Strategy, Verizon, explained , is that the vision was incomplete without MongoDB. “Verizon 5G Edge is a mobile edge computing platform, which embeds popular hyperscaler compute and storage, such as AWS Wavelength, at the edge of our 4G and 5G networks so application builders can extend existing workloads using the same popular services they know and love," he explained. “However, certain services, such as databases, are not natively supported, which is where [MongoDB] Atlas and Realm come into play by creating unprecedented flexibility for the developer and the end customer.” As we've described, Verizon decided that a comprehensive data platform was needed to make its 5G edge computing dream a reality. So Verizon integrated Atlas Functions with the Verizon edge discovery service to help direct 5G mobile clients to the topologically closest database instance across a customer’s edge deployment. In tandem, Verizon has overlaid a data persistence layer using MongoDB Realm, thereby enabling personalized experiences to extend to the network edge. Verizon is also using Atlas Device Sync and Realm to ensure the seamless synchronization of data between devices, the cloud and edge-of-network, online and offline. Customers love MongoDB + AWS Beginning to see a pattern here? While not every customer highlighted by AWS at re:Invent is a MongoDB customer, many are, including the few for which we've been able to provide some detail. Others include Epic Games, which runs its wildly popular game Fortnite on MongoDB ; or Volkswagen, which uses MongoDB throughout its web applications and in its Car Net service ; or Siemens, which runs MongoDB at the heart of its Monet system to provide monitoring, controlling, and remote management of field devices for advanced energy management services. This year while watching the various customers take the stage in re:Invent keynotes, keep in mind that they're also very likely a MongoDB customer, because customers that seek the agility and performance of AWS also tend to like how MongoDB's flexible data model enables them to do much more with their data. Interested in learning more? The best way might be to try fully managed MongoDB Atlas for free. You can get started now .