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.
MongoDB 3.0 with WiredTiger storage engine – brought to you by the architects who originally developed the Berkeley DB – is now available in multiple data centers on the ObjectRocket platform, making it the first database-as-a-service to offer the new pluggable storage engine.
Sitecore is one of the most popular and highly rated providers of Customer Experience Management technology (also known as Web Content Management or WCM). These are the applications that marketers rely on to power their websites. Rackspace Digital provides the Sitecore expertise, support, and an optimized cloud platform that removes all the technical headaches of delivering a great digital experience to their customers. In the past, some organizations with strong in-house .Net skills were OK with a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to Sitecore. However, Sitecore’s newest focus on customer intelligence now requires a MongoDB (NoSQL) component that most .Net teams don’t have the experience to manage and scale.
The ObjectRocket team challenged you. We knew you were full of ideas and we wanted to see them come alive using ObjectRocket. That’s why we started the NoSQL Mobile Application Challenge from August – November last year. You delivered. Here is the story of how we gave away $20,000 and free data stores hosting to the go-getters who created the most unique, easy to use NoSQL mobile applications.
NoSQL technologies like MongoDB are often very simple to configure and deploy. They’re typically free, which makes it easy for users to boot-strap in development and early production. While configuration, development and deployment are relatively straightforward, scaling NoSQL technologies can be anything but. In fact, many users report significant pain at the critical stages where they need to scale. Compounding matters, many users may not have the expertise or access to best practices they need to do it in a smart and economic way. In addition, the technology is so new that building a team of NoSQL database professionals is often prohibitive.
Managing Redis at scale is hard. And ObjectRocket by Rackspace wants to alleviate the pain and headaches developers face managing Redis NoSQL databases. Using the same principles we apply to our fully-managed MongoDB service, our ObjectRocket team now offers full automation, support and management of Redis so developers can focus on their applications and not maintaining their databases.
Chartboost makes a technology platform that helps mobile game developers find new users and monetize games. To do that, the company runs one of the largest MongoDB databases in the world, and writes to a database of one billion objects. At Rackspace::Solve San Francisco, Chartboost Co-Founder and CTO Sean Fannan talked about how Chartboost manages scale and growth.
I spend most of my days hacking on MongoDB environments, so it’s easy for me to get pumped about new features when I hear about them. And there are a few recent MongoDB updates and announcements that have me particularly excited.
We changed the database business in June when we offered free backups to anybody using MongoDB. We share our expansive disk infrastructure with the community to help folks get backed up, so they can sleep easy. It’s not an add-on. It’s not an upcharge.