IBM, 10gen Partner to Push MongoDB for Mobile, Web Development

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-06-05 Print this article Print

By joining the MongoDB community, IBM pledges, as it has done in other communities, to collaborate on an open standards governance model to ensure MongoDB will be developed in the spirit of the open source world. To help propel the MongoDB community, IBM will contribute its expertise in security and international languages to ensure the standard can be used in any geography.

"We will start with the MongoDB wire protocol and query language and expand from there," Asay said.

IBM will standardize on BSON (Binary JSON), the MongoDB wire protocol and the MongoDB query language in two key application technologies: the elastic, in-memory WebSphere eXtreme Scale data grid platform and the DB2 database platform. 10gen will work with IBM, and other interested parties, to develop these standards. Customers can begin to use these new features later this summer by pairing eXtreme Scale with MongoDB, and by running their MongoDB applications on DB2 directly.

A partner to both 10gen and IBM, as well as a leading provider of open source solutions, Red Hat views this news as positive for the open source community. "IBM has been a critical contributor to the adoption and success of open source technologies, including playing a big role in the growth of Linux," said Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat, in a statement. "We share IBM's excitement about the emergence of MongoDB in mobile and Web applications, and we're excited to see IBM join the MongoDB community."

As the first new technology platform for business to emerge since the World Wide Web, mobile computing represents one of the greatest opportunities for organizations to expand their business. Based on nearly 1,000 customer engagements, 10 mobile-related acquisitions in the last four years, a team of thousands of mobile experts and 270 patents in wireless innovations, IBM MobileFirst offers an array of products that help businesses connect, secure, manage and develop mobile networks, infrastructures and applications.

IBM's move to get behind MongoDB is just the beginning of a series of moves Big Blue will be making in the coming months to further demonstrate its commitment to working with open source communities and extending IBM's reach for key technologies, Angel Diaz, vice president of IBM software standards and cloud, told eWEEK. He mentioned IBM's strong support for the OpenStack open infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) project, and the Chef open source configuration management DevOps tool, as examples of technologies in which IBM has invested in a big way.

Back to the 10gen relationship and MongoDB, Asay added, "This is a big deal. Implicitly, IBM is announcing that NoSQL has come of age and is ready for enterprise prime time. Explicitly, IBM is getting behind MongoDB as an industry standard, and will lend its considerable heft to contribute both code and community guidance to the MongoDB community.

Moreover, Asay said he believes that over the next year the industry will coalesce around a few—very few—NoSQL platforms, and IBM's move highlights that MongoDB has a leadership position among NoSQL databases, something that is confirmed by a variety of other indices.

"IBM has a long history with establishing and helping to improve industry standards, from SQL in 1970 to OpenStack much more recently," Asay said. "We look forward to working with IBM to expand even further MongoDB's popularity with developers and the CIOs who love them."


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