MongoDB Strengthens IBM Partnership, Adds Mainframe Support

Database developer MongoDB deepened its partnership with IBM by announcing support for Big Blue's mainframe systems.

MongoDB Strengthens IBM Partnership

MongoDB today announced it has extended its partnership with IBM by announcing plans to offer support for MongoDB's products on IBM z Systems mainframe computers.

The announcement comes as IBM has launched LinuxONE, a new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions based on the z Systems mainframe that is designed for enterprise-grade Linux applications. MongoDB said its new support for IBM mainframes reflects the strong momentum for mission critical deployments of the MongoDB database.

"MongoDB has become the world's fastest growing database by enabling organizations to effectively capitalize on the power of modern applications and data to gain a competitive advantage," said Dev Ittycheria, president and CEO of MongoDB, in a statement. "For years, the world's largest companies have run critical applications on IBM mainframes. Our move to support IBM z Systems is a testament to our commitment to our users and customers to make MongoDB available on all major platforms. With this announcement, organizations can now build and run modern, mission-critical applications on proven mainframe technologies."

MongoDB is working closely with IBM to optimize MongoDB Enterprise Server for Linux on z Systems and the new LinuxONE Systems. As part of the agreement, MongoDB's global support and engineering organization will continue to collaborate with IBM to ensure business continuity for the companies' joint customers running MongoDB on IBM z Systems.

"We are constantly looking for best-of-class open source technologies to deploy on IBM z Systems," said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM z Systems. "Now, organizations can combine the innovative features of MongoDB with the unmatched performance of the z Systems mainframe to create solutions with new levels of speed, scale and flexibility."

Also today, at LinuxCon in Seattle, IBM introduced two Linux mainframe servers—called LinuxONE—designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

LinuxONE is a new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions, providing two distinct Linux systems for large enterprises and mid-size businesses. LinuxONE Emperor is based on the IBM z13 mainframe. The system is capable of analyzing transactions in "real time" and can be used to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. It can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or thousands of containers. LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe, but in a smaller package.

"Fifteen years ago IBM surprised the industry by putting Linux on the mainframe, and today more than a third of IBM mainframe clients are running Linux,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems, in a statement. "We are deepening our commitment to the open community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads. Building on the success of Linux on the mainframe, we continue to push the limits beyond the capabilities of commodity servers that are not designed for security and performance at extreme scale."

Rob Enderle, founder of the Enderle Group and a long-time IBM watcher, said LinuxONE is a full press effort by IBM and likely one of the most significant moves by the company this decade.