10gen drops name to unify with MongoDB
As of this week, 10gen are changing the name of their company to MongoDB Inc. in a bid to decisively unify the open-source database project with the company behind it.
10gen aren’t the first innovators to be superseded in
reputation by their creation – as both Sasha Baron Connell and
David Robert Jones can attest (aka Ali G and David Bowie). And when
what you’ve created has become so wildly successful, it can be a
good idea to run with it.
As of this week,
10gen are altering the name of their company
to MongoDB Inc. in a bid to decisively unify the open-source
database project with the company behind it.
In terms of numbers alone, MongoDB is the most
widely used NoSQL databases on the market, utilised by everyone
from startups to mega corporations to underpin web and mobile
The move comes at a time when businesses are
becoming ever more data driven. With ‘traditional’ client/server
databases ill-suited to cope with the ever larger amounts of
information stemming from this movement, NoSQL is rapidly becoming
the go-to option for forward thinking companies.
MongoDB was originally
launched in 2007 by 10gen as a platform for an open-source cloud,
and proved so popular that the company shifted the bulk of their
focus to the document-database alone.
10gen has gone on to become synonymous with the name MongoDB and
the database technology it provides.
Although it’s not exactly unheard of for
companies to take their names from open source projects, it might
take a while for users to start seeing the well-established 10gen
and MongoDB as a combined entity.
“When we saw the potential for the database we
had built we decided to focus 100 percent on MongoDB,” said
co-founder Dwight Merriman in a statement released this week. “Thus
the company name 10gen and the database name MongoDB were
different. With this change, our goal is to get the names back into
The MongoDB project and its mongodb.org
community website will remain exactly the same following the 10gen
rebrand. 10gen Education, which provides free, online training as
well as public and private in-person courses, has been rebranded
10gen’s corporate website will be converted to
mongodb.com, but any other changes will be largely