When building great applications, choosing a flexible database service is vital. Coupling a NoSQL database with the cloud is a powerful combination for businesses. All of the features and flexibility of a NoSQL database are available with the added advantages of scalability and robust security the cloud can deliver.
Cloud databases are not only reliable, but also dynamic. Modern applications require databases that are constantly available. Using the cloud as a portal connects these applications to datasets that can be updated instantly (in real-time), allowing for dynamic and responsive applications.
As your user base grows, so must your database. Cloud databases, such as MongoDB Atlas, are built to allow for maximum flexibility in scaling. Adjust the instance size, memory, or storage capacity of your clusters with no application downtime.
“We could see that using a horizontally scalable document database was a perfect fit for player-account based games. The ability to create a high traffic volume, highly scalable solution is about knowing the tiny details. To do that, normally engineers need to focus on many different parts of the stack, but MongoDB Atlas and MongoDB's support gives us a considerable shortcut.”
Yordan Gyurchev, Technical Director, SEGA
Moving your database development to the cloud means that every dataset is always available. You no longer have to worry about hardware failures or loss of data. You can be confident that they have reliable disaster recovery to ensure your applications are always live.
“Our customers are investing their money through us and are expecting the highest levels of reliability and security, so the managed backups in Atlas are a must for us. Again, we don’t have the time to invest in writing scripts for managing database backups. With just a few clicks, you can configure, restore, and query point-in-time backups.”
Tom Goldenberg, CTO, Commandiv.
Moving to a free cloud-based database decouples your datasets from the constraints of traditional SQL database deployments. Cloud databases, like MongoDB Atlas, supports your team’s app development in four ways:
1. Making mobile connections
Developing mobile applications in particular requires a comprehensive understanding of how data will be used. When your application developers can easily leverage the power and flexibility of a cloud database, application innovation flourishes.
2. Connecting channels
Today’s applications must embrace multiple channels — from web to mobile — in connecting with users. While older applications relied on siloed systems to process customer interactions from first contact to purchase, modern applications must be able to process these varied and complex interactions within the same large-scale system. The cloud’s scalability, flexibility, and efficiency are the ideal foundations to build a successful, fully integrated omnichannel user experience.
3. Automated application development
Your business may already be benefitting from the flexibility of the cloud in other parts of your business. In those areas, moving business processes to the cloud has probably resulted in greater automation, infrastructure improvements, efficiency enhancements, and lower costs.
Adopting a cloud database solution can significantly reduce the amount of time and effort your team must invest in database management. Managed cloud databases like MongoDB Atlas, for example, support features that automatically update your database when changes are detected.
Functions known as ‘triggers’ can respond dynamically to data input, or produce changes on a scheduled basis, without additional coding or management. The automation built into managed cloud databases means less time spent on database management, and more time developing your applications.
Further, Using NoSQL as a free cloud deployment can be fully managed as an outsourced service. If you choose to use virtual machines, these are comprehensively supported with SLAs and detailed monitoring services.
4. A complete and comprehensive application development toolkit
Embracing NoSQL free cloud database development delivers a set of tools that are secure and cost-effective. Cloud database development services offer options to help you visualize your data, authenticate users, and manage servers with less complexity. Cloud databases also often offer full reporting metrics and analytics.
Managing data during application development is critical. As applications move increasingly to the cloud, developing your business’s applications with cloud deployment in mind will ensure that your applications will function optimally.
MongoDB Atlas is a next-generation database built to support the needs of dynamic and evolving applications.
Fast app development requires agile databases. MongoDB Atlas is a next-generation database built to support the needs of dynamic and evolving applications. Fully supporting AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform,
MongoDB allows teams to choose their cloud provider of choice while providing database management that streamlines every aspect of database administration.
It’s easy to get started with MongoDB Atlas, and it’s free.
You can get started with a MongoDB developer sandbox in MongoDB Atlas for free with basic configuration options. No credit cards are required to provision a cluster, and you can use it to explore and learn more about MongoDB Atlas, the database-as-a-service platform from MongoDB. A community edition of MongoDB, with a limited set of features, can also be downloaded from MongoDB’s download page. This local installation will require you to configure and manage your MongoDB instance on your infrastructure. This free-to-use version of MongoDB is available under the server side public license (SSPL), which means you can use and modify the source code, but you can’t use the source code as a commercial SaaS offering.
MongoDB has a flexible pricing structure. Starting with a free tier, MongoDB Atlas is the best way to learn and explore all the features the database-as-a-service platform has to offer. Once you are ready to go to production and require advanced features such as sharding or backups, you can explore the option to upgrade to one of the paid tiers. Pricing will vary depending on the size and resources required by your application. A serverless offering is also available for an even more flexible pricing option.
If you prefer to install, configure, and manage your instances of MongoDB, you can also download the community version. A commercial Enterprise Advanced license is available for on-premise usage to benefit from all of the features MongoDB offers by contacting our sales teams.
MongoDB Ops Manager is a tool to help your operation team manage your MongoDB instances. Ops Manager is available as part of the MongoDB Enterprise Advanced subscription. It can be found on the MongoDB download page.
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