No matter what anyone tells you, getting started with Big Data isn’t easy.

There are the ever-growing three V’s (Volume, Velocity and Variability) of data to contend with; new style databases that most of us are virgin to; hardware, operating systems and software that need to be purchased, installed, configured and tuned, and all of the trial and error that’s inherent in working with anything new, let alone, humongous. Never mind any anticipated, or unanticipated, needs for agility and scaling …

Hardly anyone gets it right the first time, on time, for any length of time, unless they’re set up to win from the start.

Built for Success

Open Source MongoDB sponsor, 10gen, and global cloud infrastructure provider SoftLayer Technologies understand all of this only too well; that’s why they’ve partnered to deliver MongoDB on-demand. It’s a first of its kind Cloud offering that takes the guesswork out of deploying and managing MongoDB production class systems.

“We help our customers get it exactly right from the start,” says Duke Skarda, chief technology officer of SoftLayer Technologies.

The two companies have worked closely together to engineer optimized hardware and OS configurations, to automate the deployment of multi-data center clusters, and to provide integrated monitoring and support. The resulting SoftLayer MongoDB systems offer a complete solution set through SoftLayer’s portal or API for ease of management, administration and maintenance.

The cloud solution “shortens time to market and accelerates time to launch,” says Jared Rosoff, director of product marketing and technical alliances for 10gen.

SoftLayer’s MongoDB service is sold on a pay-as-you-go basis, which makes it highly attractive for customers who have projects that need to start fast, allow for agility and scaling, and run for fixed periods of time.

Under 10gen’s traditional, annual subscription model, the responsibility for hardware and operating systems belongs to the client which means that both the in-house infrastructure and pool of in-house talent might likely need to be ramped-up and retrained.

And while this may not be a problem for companies who use MongoDB on an ongoing basis, it might not be the best choice for a company that wants to use MongoDB for a short term product promotion or ad campaign that it plans to run on a one time only basis for only a few months. Not only would the management sponsor expose himself to getting poor ROI ratings for infrastructure and talent utilization, but he’d risk getting raked over the coals for paying for an annual subscription which went mostly unused.

The SoftLayer MongoDB service clearly offers a better choice in this case.

But it’s not just money and manpower that SoftLayer’s MongoDB certified offering can save, it’s also the time it takes to get everything working right and to keep it optimized when scaling up or down. The solution comes with built-in expertise and best practices as well as integrated support and pricing, making it truly easy and seamless to use.

Clients get access to both MongoDB’s and SoftLayer’s support teams who work together to solve problems. Unlike with other solutions, the database team can’t point its finger at the hardware or OS teams because they are literally on the same team working with the same goal of supporting MongoDB customers on the cloud.

Built to Scale

Because the SoftLayer MongoDB solution debuts today, there aren’t many enterprises who have already tried it out, but that’s not to say that SoftLayer and Mongo DB haven’t been used in a similar, but less formal fashion, before. In fact, the idea for SoftLayer’s MongoDB solution came when both companies were working together to help common clients get up and ready to build stellar solutions on short notice, according to Skarda.

These instances have, up until now, typically involved social media and gaming start-ups which outgrew the public clouds they originally built their businesses on. In these cases, SoftLayer was able to provide these clients with a single tenant, bare metal cloud infrastructure, server(s) configured according to their specifics needs while leveraging best practices, optimal global functionality and so on.

Putting technology aside, it’s worth noting that these startups didn’t know what their needs would be as they grew, says Skarda, so both a Cloud approach and MongoDB’s scalability and agility present an ideal environment in which to work.

And while it may seem that only start-ups work in such green fields, the truth is that enterprises may benefit even more from what MongoDB and SoftLayer have to offer. After all Big Data, NoSQL databases, like MongoDB, and the Cloud present unchartered waters and unprecedented opportunities for businesses and organizations of all sizes. The SoftLayer MongoDB solution and others like it might provide the jump starts companies of all sizes need to win and to keep winning.