MongoDB Set to Become the 'New Default' Database

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-06-01 Print this article Print
MongoDB tops other NoSQL databases

Elaborating on his claim in an interview with eWEEK, Ittycheria said: "MongoDB has matured over the last four or five years. It has matured in terms of product, in terms of customers, in terms of financial health and growth. So now we've evolved from being a very interesting, cool technology to being the new default. It's already happened in the startup world. Name me one startup that's betting on Oracle as their back end database. That's why I think we're positioned to be the new default."

Moreover, Ittycheria said he firmly believes the database landscape is going to change. "Right now it's dominated by one big mega-vendor with Microsoft a close second," he said. "And I think if you fast forward five to 10 years from now you'll see not one mega vendor dominate but two legacy companies like Oracle and Microsoft in the top space and then two new breed companies out there—with one as the leader and the other as a close second, similar to the legacy world. There won't be 100 database companies five to seven years from now."

Ittycheria said he decided to join MongoDB for three primary reasons: the market, the product and the team behind the technology. He also noted that being able to build a disruptive IT company in New York City also intrigued him. Although MongoDB maintains dual headquarters in New York and in Silicon Valley with its West Coast headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Ittycheria said the vibe of the New York IT community and the huge customer base of end user organizations on the East Coast calls for the presence in the area.

Ben Golub, CEO of Docker, a key MongoDB partner, said the combination of MongoDB and Docker offers developers "massive amounts of disruption" as both companies are massively disruptive, what with MongoDB enabling pluggable storage engines and Docker's container technology decoupling the concerns of developing, producing and distributing apps.

"If Mongo's goal is to help you scale the internet, we want to help you program it," Golub said. He added that he believes the companies that win in the new IT world will be the ones that embrace openness, separation of concerns, flexibility and simplicity.

Speaking from a hardware perspective, James Myers, director of SSID Solutions Architecture at Intel, said he sees a lot of opportunity in the ecosystem. "Big data is huge and the predictive analysis market is really heating up," he said. "So it's an exciting time to see the hardware technology advance so you can do things you couldn't do before."

Tom Schenk, chief data officer for the city of Chicago's Department of Innovation and Technology, said the explosion of data is enabling his team to handle new and different queries that were impossible before. "People are asking more sophisticated questions," he said. "Things people are asking are more easily doable now where they weren’t before."

Schenk added that the developments in MongoDB have also enabled the city of Chicago to introduce some new use cases, such as poring through Twitter data to gain insights. "We're using data to improve the quality of life for Chicago residents," he said.


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