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MongoDB creators launch cloud backup service

Elliot Bentley

Parent company of open-source NoSQL database to provide automated backups as competition heats up.

10gen, the company behind
MongoDB, have announced an automated backup system for users of the
popular NoSQL database.

A monthly pay-as-you-go service, MongoDB
Backup Solution
saves a snapshot of the current database every
six hours and sends it to 10gen’s servers for safekeeping. Pricing
is based on the volume of data being backed up, but restores are
free, meaning that snapshots can be used to quickly seed new
environments with exact copies – say, for development or analytics.
Snapshots as far back as 24 hours can be accessed in case of

In terms of overhead, 10gen claim that running the
backup process results in “minimal impact to clusters”. Perhaps
aware of the security risks of storing remote copies of important
data, they have included SSL encryption and two-factor
authentication when requesting restores.

According to CTO Eliot Horowitz, 10gen’s solution is
“nothing special” in terms of technology, but was designed to be
more convenient than manually backing up MongoDB instances. He told
: “Anyone could do it – it is no lock-in, there’s no
magic feature we added to make it work, it’s just using the
replication internals in a different way.”

10gen have been experimenting with new ways of
wringing revenue from their open source product as the company
continues to grow. In March, they
introduced an enterprise edition
of MongoDB with additional
security and monitoring features, supplementing their consulting,
training and monitoring businesses.

However, they are no longer just competing with rival
NoSQL databases such as Cassandra and CouchDB. As MongoDB grows in
popularity, startups such as MongoLab and ObjectRocket have begun
offering “MongoDB-as-a-Service”, providing their own backup and
support services.

While currently in “limited release”, a
production-ready version of MongoDB Backup Solution should be
available by the summer.

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