Where Is MongoDB Taking Its Giant Ideas?
Q&A: At its annual conference, MongoDB delivered a new Database as a Service offering and a new Apache Spark Connector, but the company is far from done.With a theme of "Giant Ideas," MongoDB is breaking new ground as a hot NoSQL database. This week at its MongoDB World conference, the company declared that its database enables developers to launch their giant ideas and create big things. As part of that, Mongo DB announced Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering, as well as a new MongoDB Connector for Apache Spark. That connector enables developers and data scientists to gain insights from live, operational and streaming data. However, the company continues to gain momentum in the database world and is growing and picking up new customers—many of which have come from traditional SQL databases like Oracle and Microsoft's SQL Server. Many of its user organizations are .NET shops. "The whole raison d'etre of MongoDB is to unleash developer productivity," Dev Ittycheria, MongoDB's president and CEO, said during his keynote at the show. In an interview from MongoDB World, Kelly Stirman, vice president of strategy at MongoDB, talks to eWEEK about what "giant ideas" got the company to this point and where it's going from here. What's the hot new thing coming from MongoDB for this event? We announced a bunch of things, but I think the thing that's most interesting is Atlas, this new database as a service. An analogy I've been using is when you think about transportation, you can own your car and you have to deal with insurance and keeping fuel in the car and a whole lot of other issues. But you could also have something like Uber where you don't need to own a car and you can just click a button and a car shows up and they drive you where you need to go. You don't have to worry about navigating or anything; you just sit back and focus on what matters to you.
So we've had products that matter to people that have owned their own car for years now—that make it easier and safer and all that good stuff. But this is a new product that is more like Uber where you just let us take care of things for you and you just pay by the hour for exactly how much you use. Some people prefer this–think of developers trying to get their idea off the ground and they just want somebody to take care of the infrastructure for them. That's this service.