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MongoDB Gears-Up to Take on the Giants

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Some database vendors shout from the rooftops that they’re the biggest and the best. Others let the customers, stats and analysts do the talking for them.

MongoDB fits the latter profile.

Just eight years old, it's the fourth most popular database in the world. It’s growing faster than Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server,according to DB Engines, the de facto source for information on relational and NoSQL database management systems (DBMS).

Gartner put the young vendor into the Leaders Quadrant in its most recent MQ for Operational DBMS, validating not only its vision but also its ability to execute as well.

In other words, MongoDB is not only embraced by developers but it’s also ready for primetime.

Stepping Up to the Plate

And while that was true before, the NoSQL database startup just raised the ante with the release of MongoDB 3.2.

Analyst Holger Mueller of Constellation Research told CMSWire the move is “proof positive thatMongoDB can create and sustain (since 3.0) a product development approach and pace that makes them a long term partner for enterprises looking to build next generation applications.”

But enough with the accolades — here’s the news: MongoDB has now broadened its reach to three new sets of users, namely business analysts, data scientists, and database analysts.

Broadening its Reach

“We’ve had a great story for developers, we’ve won their hearts and minds,” said Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy and product marketing at MongoDB told CMSWire.

“We’ve now made it accessible to executives via connectors to Tableau, Spotfire, Cognos, Business Objects…” He could have gone on.

In other words, professionals who are used to working with legacy databases can now work with MongoDB in much the same way via the newly introduced MongoDB for Connector for BI. The learning curve that once made it difficult has now been eliminated.

MongoDB is also releasing a new product, Compass, which brings the kind of graphical tools that DBAs and development teams have come to rely on in relational databases available.

Until now, MongoDB pros have had to forgo visibility for flexibility, but no more. Now they can quickly and securely explore their databases, visually construct queries, inspect records and make decisions about their deployments.

Learning Opportunities

Encrypt This

With 40 percent of Fortune 100 companies already using MongoDB, it’s considered by most to be a secure database. But in a world of data breaches, you can’t take anything for granted. IT managers in highly regulated industries are extremely cautious. “And with good reason,” said Stirman.

To quiet their concerns MongoDB 3.2 has two new storage engines:

  • An encrypted storage engine so that Enterprises in regulated industries can secure critical data for trusted access , including end-to-end encryption of data in flight and at rest, along with robust access controls and auditing for forensic analysis.
  • An in-memory storage engine so that users don’t have to choose between performance, functionality and data safety. It provides for highly predictable throughput and low latency for applications such as fraud detection, ad tech and user profile management. This engine supports all MongoDB features, and complements other storage engines in mixed deployments to ensure data durability.

How About an IPO?

MongoDB 3.2 is a humongous release that benefits its users, its developer communities, and, of course the company itself.

The previous 3.0 release was downloaded as many as 20,000 time per day according to Stirman. There are 300,000 users and the company now employs 500 professionals.

Time for an IPO? Stirman wouldn’t comment.

While analysts like Mueller don’t make those kinds of predictions, he did say that MongoDB seems to be well on its way to a bright future.

“It has grown from a successful startup to a software vendor that can become a long term partner of enterprises who look for continued investment on all fronts of the product, good housekeeping as well as lowering costs to operate and speed to implement the product.”

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