Office Hours Hangout: Dedicated MongoDB

Last week’s Office Hours Hangout is in the books, but don’t worry, we’ve got a quick recap for you below. Office Hours co-host Drew Cox and I invited Tim Banks, a systems architect from ObjectRocket to chat about several new and exciting features in MongoDB.

Highlights below, and the full video and audio-only podcast version is embedded below.


Getting the most out of your data

You have data. Lots of it, likely. It’s a trend we discussed with Chief Technology Officer John Engates to start the year. Tim noted that, while MongoDB might not be the easiest to manage, ObjectRocket goes out of the way to take the management requirements off of the customers, so that they can focus on working with that data to improve their business.

It’s the people

My favorite quote from Tim goes something like this: “Every bar has four walls and cold beer. What makes people prefer one bar to another is the people who work there — the same applies to technology.”

This is really the core of ObjectRocket. The technology is the same, but it’s the people and their expertise that make the difference. They’ve got the experience to handle not just the usual use cases, but also “the crazy stuff.”

Deciding between dedicated and hosted MongoDB

Tim spent a few minutes discussing the various reasons for choosing dedicated or hosted MongoDB. Real-world considerations he mentioned included high network traffic, the need to add more shards in a very quick manner, unique “one off” setups and security concerns. Because dedicated MongoDB on ObjectRocket is a full stack — from the network switch down — Rackspace is able to offer significant networking improvements, faster on-demand sharding and security compliance.

Final thoughts

Tim was a wonderful guest. We’re very grateful he took an hour out of his day to chat with us. I spent most of the time listening and learning; I think that’s the mark of a good show. We covered quite a bit of additional ground, including WiredTiger, disaster recovery options and some of the many events and meetups ObjectRocket will be attending and sponsoring.

That’s it for this week, but we’ll be back on Thursday Feb. 4 with a look at choosing between self-hosted and as-a-service offerings. Check us out each week live at 1 p.m. Central; our on-demand audio podcasts are available viaiTunes, or your favorite podcasting app.

Alan is a former Racker, who also helped create the Stevie Award winning onboarding program for cloud collaboration suite Central Desktop, working directly with companies and organizations like, Sesame Workshop, and IEEE. When he's not helping customers learn how to build awesome things in the cloud, he can be found performing improv comedy with ComedySportz San Antonio, or volunteering with the Alamo Beard Club.


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