NoSQL

Watershed Release Of MongoDB 3.0 Features Dramatic Improvements In Performance And Scalability

On February 3, MongoDB announced the release of MongoDB 3.0, the most significant release of MongoDB in the company’s history. The release features a fundamental rearchitecting of the database marked by the addition of a pluggable storage engine API that allows for additional storage engines. Last year’s acquisition WiredTiger constitutes one of the storage engines that highlight this release by delivering write performance improvements of 7-10x and 60 to 80% improvements in compression. MongoDB 3.0 includes a storage engine designed for read-intensive applications, one for write-intensive applications and an in-memory storage engine. As such, the newly enhanced MongoDB platform allows for the optimization of the database platform for different workloads and use cases while using a unified data model and operations interface.

Charity Majors, Production Engineering Manager at Parse (Facebook), remarked on the significance of the MongoDB 3.0 release as follows:

We at Parse and Facebook are incredibly excited for the 3.0 release of MongoDB. The storage API opens the door for MongoDB to leverage write-optimized storage engines, improved compression and memory usage, and other aspects of cutting edge modern database engines.

As Majors notes, the re-architecting of MongoDB expands the range of use cases that MongoDB can handle by rendering it more suitable for applications that require the writing of data. MongoDB 3.0 also boasts marked improvements in performance and scalability because of its redesigned storage architecture. This release additionally features the introduction of Ops Manager, an application that enables customers to deploy, monitor and update MongoDB deployments. Ops Manager integrates with well known monitoring tools such as AppDynamics, New Relic and Docker and stands to reduce the operational overhead of MongoDB deployments by automating routine tasks into one-click, push button functionality. Overall, MongoDB 3.0 represents a watershed moment in the development of MongoDB as evinced by its ability to embrace a variety of application workloads and use cases alongside a massively improved level of performance and scalability.

Categories: MongoDB, NoSQL

Basho Technologies Raises $25M In Series G Funding And Announces Record Growth In 2014

Basho Technologies, creator of the Riak NoSQL key-value database platform, today announced the finalization of $25M in Series G funding led by existing investor Georgetown Partners. In addition to the funding news, Basho revealed details of record growth including sequential growth of 62 percent and 116 percent in Q3 and Q4 of 2014 respectively. 2014 represented a landmark year for Basho given that it shipped Riak 2.0, Riak CS 1.5 and appointed Adam Wray, former CEO of Tier 3, as CEO. In the same year, Basho replaced Oracle as the database platform for the National Health Service of UK and deepened its relationship with The Weather Company as noted below by Bryson Koehler, executive vice president and CITO for The Weather Company:

The amount of data we collect from satellites, radars, forecast models, users and weather stations worldwide is over 20TB each day and growing quickly. This data helps us deliver the world’s most accurate weather forecast as well as deliver more severe weather alerts than anyone else, so it is absolutely mission critical and has to be available all of the time. Riak Enterprise gives us the flexibility and reliability that we depend on to enable over 100,000 transactions a second with sub 20ms latency on a global basis.

Here, Koehler remarks on the ability of Riak Enterprise to handle “over 100,000 transactions a second” with latencies less than 20 ms. Importantly, The Weather Company’s daily data collection rate of 20 TB a day illustrates the massive volumes of data that Enterprise Riak can aggregate for archival and analytic use cases. As told to Cloud Computing Today in an interview with Basho CEO Adam Wray, Riak also gained traction in verticals such as gaming, healthcare and financial services in 2014 with much of its uptake propelled by trends in the technology industry marked by increased adoption of Big Data, distributed systems and applications in the cloud computing space and the growth of the internet of things vertical. Wray further remarked that Riak stands strongly positioned to reap the benefits of increased stakeholder awareness about the value of key-value stores and concepts such as eventual consistency. Today’s capital raise brings the total funding raised by Basho to $65M. With an extra $25M in the bank and an enviable roster of enterprise customers out of the gate, the NoSQL space should expect Basho to build steadily upon its success in 2014 by gaining even more market traction amongst Fortune 50 customers and staking out its positioning amongst the likes of MongoDB, MarkLogic, Couchbase and DataStax, with a particular focus on sharpening its differentiation in comparison to other key-value store databases such as Couchbase and DataStax.

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MongoDB Adds Significant Operational Efficiencies To MongoDB Management Service

On October 14, MongoDB announced major enhancements to its cloud-based MongoDB Management Service (MMS) for managing MongoDB deployments. The most recent version of MMS introduces significant operational efficiencies that streamline and simplify the deployment and subsequent operational management of MongoDB. For example, MMS now enables users to provision MongoDB deployments with one click and configure the resulting infrastructure with minimal manual intervention and decision-making. Moreover, the recent enhancements consolidate the ability to upgrade and downgrade deployments expeditiously as well as to seamlessly scale out deployments to accommodate customer growth. Notably, this release boasts a deeper integration with Amazon Web Services that gives customers greater control over MongoDB deployments on AWS as illustrated by the screenshot below:

As told to Cloud Computing Today by Kelly Stirman, MongoDB’s Director of Products, MongoDB Management Service users can now deploy Amazon Web Services instances from within the MMS infrastructure itself by using the automation agent functionality depicted above. Previously, MMS customers needed to independently provision AWS instances from within the AWS platform, but they can now leverage the deep integration between MMS and AWS to enjoy greater operational efficiencies specific to the deployment of AWS infrastructures containing MongoDB deployments. That said, MMS remains infrastructure agnostic and can work with any public cloud, on premise environment or hybrid cloud infrastructure although, in the case of non-AWS hosting environments, customers will need to independently configure and deploy the underlying infrastructure outside of MMS. The other notable feature of MMS is that it now operates on a freemium model that allows customers to take advantage of its functionality free of charge for up to 8 servers. The freemium model positions MongoDB to significantly expand the range of customers that opt to try out the functionality of MMS and continue hurtling the company in the direction of a lucrative IPO.

Categories: MongoDB, NoSQL

Basho Releases Enterprise Riak 2.0 With Apache Solr Powered Search And Expanded Support For Distributed Data Types

Basho technologies today announces the release of Riak Enterprise 2.0, the production-grade NoSQL database that competes primarily with Cassandra. Riak Enterprise 2.0 features renovated search functionality by means of the integration of Apache Solr, the open source enterprise search platform. Each Riak node will now contain an instance of Apache Solr that enables enhanced search functionality throughout the Riak platform. This release also features expanded support for distributed data types such as counters, sets, flags and maps that facilitate conflict resolution in an eventually consistent data environment. Use cases for Riak involve datasets that change both with limited frequency and in real-time. The use case marked by a limited rate of change of data includes customers in the insurance and claims industry that leverage Riak to allow their members to locate physician practices or the nearest automobile repair center. Conversely, other use cases for Riak involve data collection from household appliances or devices such as fitness wearables marked by hugely dynamic data streams.

In addition to enhanced search functionality and an expanded range of distributed data types, Riak Enterprise 2.0 features simplified configuration management and more advanced security via more finely grained role-based access functionality. In all, today’s release represents a notable enrichment of a product that, in conjunction with Riak CS, is used by a third of Fortune 50 companies for applications and cloud storage. The release of Riak Enterprise 2.0 builds upon a recent decision by the National Health Service to use Basho’s Enterprise Riak platform to power Spine, the NHS’s electronic medical records platform that stores data for over 20,000 points of medical care across England. As such, Riak Enterprise 2.0 signals the intensification of battles for market share in the key-value NoSQL space, particularly given DataStax’s recent hefty $106M Series E capital raise.

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DataStax Closes $106M In Series E Funding

Last week, DataStax announced the finalization of $106M in Series E funding in a round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The funding raise featured participation from new investors ClearBridge Investments, Cross Creek Advisors, Wasatch Funds, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. Existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Scale Venture Partners also contributed to the funding raise. DataStax has now raised a total of $190M, inclusive of a $45M capital raise in July 2013. The funding raise brings DataStax’s valuation to over $830M and positions it strongly to implement an IPO within the next two years.

DataStax delivers enterprise-grade distributed database platforms based on the open source project Apache Cassandra. Emil Eifrem, founder and CEO of Neo Technology, reflected on the significance of DataStax’s recent funding raise as follows:

The new investment in DataStax highlights the value of data and the operational tools for processing it in realtime. The old NoSQL umbrella term for alternative databases is now clearly fragmenting into a few distinct product categories: document, column-family/key-value and graphs. Significant investments in companies like DataStax ($106M), MongoDB ($150M–the largest round ever for a database company) and Couchbase ($60M) over the last year validates how important alternative databases are for most software today– and for all software tomorrow.

Here, Eifrem positions DataStax within the NoSQL category of “alternative databases” amongst the likes of MongoDB and Couchbase, both of which can also claim the distinction of significant capital raises over the last year. Eifrem notes how the investment in DataStax validates the importance of real-time data processing performed by “alternative databases” that fall into the categories of document, key-value or graph. Because DataStax delivers database technology that can run on low-cost hardware, it poses a significant competitive threat to Oracle, whose database management systems are associated with higher end hardware infrastructures. DataStax’s Chief Customer Officer Matt Pfeil noted that “roughly 80 percent of our opportunities are Oracle replacement” in an interview with Bloomberg that confirmed the market appetite for alternatives to relational database management systems. The bottom line here is that alternative databases are seeing increasing adoption in the enterprise and as such, represent the beginnings of a profound transformation in database management within the enterprise.

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Q&A With Dave McCrory, CTO of Basho Technologies, Regarding Riak, Riak CS and the NoSQL Landscape

Cloud Computing Today recently had the privilege of speaking with Dave McCrory, CTO of Basho Technologies, about the NoSQL space and Basho’s competitive differentiation within the NoSQL landscape. McCrory elaborated on Basho’s Riak “open source, distributed database” by noting its high availability, scalability and ability to handle any type of data as follows:

Cloud Computing Today: How do you envision the NoSQL space? What are your high level impressions of the competitive landscape amongst NoSQL vendors?

Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies): The NoSQL industry has many players for various use cases, but overall it is still young, especially from the enterprise point of view. I’ve been involved in big data for quite some time, and as data continues to grow, the NoSQL industry will grow with it. As the early adopters begin to move to the early majority – we are positioned in that space for crossing that chasm. Looking at how people want to build applications and data we will see, as an industry, in the next few years nearly half of enterprises will embrace NoSQL technologies to deal with the problems that traditional databases cannot deal with. Other NoSQL providers like MongoDB have an amazing presence in the market as it has made it easy for developers to give it a try. From my understanding from the market view, at the same time, it is limited in the actual applications that can be used. With so many companies offering NoSQL solutions for specific use cases and the high demand for data management, I can only see the industry continuing to expand and thrive.

Cloud Computing Today: Where do you see Basho within the larger NoSQL space at present?

Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies): We’re looking to provide the strongest key value solution and object store we can – that’s our priority right now. Although we at Basho are still a fairly young company, I think our technology speaks for itself. Since starting at Basho in the spring, I’ve been able to work with the outstanding Basho engineers and I’m amazed by what they have accomplished. Riak and Riak CS use simplified administrative features and a key/value system which enable anyone with command line experience to build a cluster in less than 15 minutes. I believe that Riak’s simplicity and usability are what separates it from other companies in the NoSQL space.

Some of that usability is our differentiation expressed in terms of high availability, fault tolerance and the ability to scale well beyond many of our competitors.

Cloud Computing Today: What are the key differentiators of Riak? What does Basho have planned for Riak in subsequent releases in the near future?

Dave McCrory (Basho Technologies): Riak’s key differentiators are its ability to offer high availability, massive scale and a variety of data types. Since Riak stores data as binary it is able to handle any type of data, unlike other solutions. Its top features include operational ease at large scales, always-on availability, and the ability to add and remove nodes easily and quickly as needed.

We are unique in that we have built object storage on our foundation and offer both key value and object store from the same platform. We have a thriving community, but our go to market in very focused on the enterprise. That has resulted in almost 200 enterprise customers including a third of the Fortune 50.

We have a lot planned for Basho and Riak in the coming months. We recently launched Riak CS 1.5 which offers additional Amazon S3 compatibility, performance improvement in garbage collection processes, and new, simplified administrative features. We are releasing Riak 2.0 in the fall which will provide enhanced search capability, expanded data types and more customer control over consistency, and we are hosting the annual RICON conference in Las Vegas in October, so you’ll be hearing a lot from Basho the rest of the year!

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Cloudera And MongoDB Partner To Bring Hadoop and NoSQL Together

Cloudera and MongoDB recently announced a strategic partnership designed to allow customers to take advantage of Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution and MongoDB’s NoSQL platform. Details of the partnership remain scant although we do know that both companies are working on enhancing the current version of the MongoDB connector for Hadoop, which is certified to run on Cloudera Enterprise 5. The MongoDB Connector for Hadoop “is a plugin for Hadoop that provides the ability to use MongoDB as an input source and/or an output destination.” In other words, the MongoDB Connector for Hadoop enables Hadoop users to output data to MongoDB and conversely, to receive MongoDB within a Hadoop environment. Cloudera’s Chief Strategy Officer Mike Olsen commented on the partnership by noting:

Volume, variety and velocity all strain traditional operational databases, calling for a fundamental reconsideration of how companies store and process data. A Hadoop-powered enterprise data hub is an alternative center for data storage and analytics, and together with MongoDB, we empower companies to keep all of their data in full fidelity and at minimal cost, in order to power the data needs of all connected applications and IT infrastructure.

One direction for the partnership consists of the delivery of a turnkey Big Data solution with the analytic capabilities to mine both structured and unstructured data. From a product development standpoint, the obvious question concerns how much both vendors will invest in querying, analytic and predictive modeling capabilities that span both Hadoop and NoSQL. That said, the Big Data and cloud landscape has witnessed a proliferation of partnerships that lead to amalgamations of heterogeneous technology components within a larger institutional framework, but rarely result in genuine innovation and breakthrough technologies as noted in IBM’s Acquisition of Cloudant and The Walmart Effect In Tech. All this is to say that while the Cloudera-MongoDB partnership holds tremendous, even disruptive promise for the Big Data industry, partnerships represent a markedly prevalent fashion in contemporary tech based on the principles of collage and montage that sometimes result in innovation and disruptive technology platforms, but all too often deliver varied combinations of elemental technologies that disappoint in proportion to the capital and human talent brought together by the collaboration in question. Cloudera’s Mike Olsen will present further details regarding the partnership in his keynote address at MongoDB World in NYC on June 24.

Categories: Cloudera, Hadoop, MongoDB, NoSQL

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