Directorial debut for MongoDB

MongoDB-as-a-service for private rolled out by ScaleGrid, in MongoDirector

Chris Mayer

With MongoDB claiming its spot as most talked about NoSQL database, new solutions seem to appear daily. Meet one of them managing the joint.

Of all the NoSQL databases emerging at the moment, there appears
to be one constant discussion taking place – are you using MongoDB?

It appears to be the open source, document-oriented NoSQL database
solution of choice, mainly due to its high performance nature, its
dynamism  and its similarities to the JSON data structure (in
BSON). Despite being written in C++, it is attracting attention
from developers of different creeds. Its enterprise level features
have helped a fair bit in its charge up the rankings to leading
NoSQL database, with it being the ideal datastore for highly
scalable environments. Just a look at the latest in-demand
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you that 10gen’s flagship product has infiltrated the enterprise
well and truly.

Quite often, an enterprise can find the switch from SQL to NoSQL
daunting and needs a helping hand. Due to this, many
MongoDB-related products are arriving just as quickly as MongoDB
converts The latest of which to launch as a public beta is
MongoDirector from Seattle start-up ScaleGrid. MongoDirector
offers an end-to-end lifecycle manager for MongoDB to guide
newcomers along.

It provides a ‘single pane of glass’ to manage MongoDB deployments,
meaning the user can follow a less complex automated MongoDB
lifecycle, and more importantly to the coffers, reduce operational
costs and long lead times. This latest release supports
provisioning, cloning, monitoring, restore and backup of either
standalone or clustered MongoDB deployments.

It is only available to two private cloud hubs: VMware’s vCenter
and Citrix’s Cloudplatform, powered by Apache Cloudstack, but
public cloud provisioning support includes AWS EC2, Rackspace and
Joyent, with migration across apparently simple.

“Database-as-a-Service has become one of the standard services
organizations are looking to consume on the cloud, however the
complexity in deployment, configuration and management of this
service is still a barrier to adoption in the enterprise private
clouds,” said Peder Ulander, Vice President of Product Marketing,
Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix. “ScaleGrid provides a simple and
easy way for our customers to deploy and manage MongoDB on their
CloudPlatform deployments.”

Interestingly enough, the two founders of ScaleGrid, Dharshan
Rangegowda and Ankit Bhatia, initially wanted a product surrounding
SQL but quickly spotted the gap for a MongoDB-as-a-service through
chatting to fellow developers.
Speaking to CloudStack
, Dharshan said: “We were at a local
Seattle big data series earlier this year. Most of the attendees
were from startups that were using public or private cloud
solutions. When we saw the level of interest around MongoDB, we
knew we needed a solution.”

With one complex problem solved, it’s more than likely that more
MongoDB-centric solutions will emerge in the coming months. Check
out the MongoDirector Presentation below:


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