MongoDB highlighted lots of new product features at this week's MongoDB World 2015 event in New York, and it also made a point of sharing lots of code with the many developers among the 2,000 or so attendees at the event.
What was more remarkable was just how much time, effort and -- clearly -- money the company is pouring into the development of the business itself. The scope and scale of change was clear during analyst briefings by MongoDB's new top-management team, led by Dev Ittycheria, who joined the company as president & CEO last August. The company has built a state-of-art, integrated sales and marketing machine to help MongoDB evolve from "a compelling alternative into the new default choice," as Ittycheria put it.
On the technology front, MongoDB put a big emphasis here on its acquired WiredTiger storage engine and new ability to scale - an area where competitors including DataStax (the Cassandra developer and support firm) and Couchbase have been vocal critics. MongoDB is clearly trying to put distance between itself and these competitors, and the pluggable storage engine introduced in MongoDB 3.0 is giving the company and its customers more options to deal with scale. For example, Facebook was here demonstrating the use of its RocksDB and a storage engine teamed with Mongo to handle super-high-scale, low-latency, write-intensive applications.
The buzz, the packed sessions and the developer enthusiasm at MongoDB World 2015 were much the same as they were back in 2012. But the top executive ranks have changed, with Ittycheria bringing in new people to drive a scaled-up, more sophisticated approach as a vendor. It's probably too early to say whether the new team has accelerated MongoDB's already strong momentum - though they cited robust pipeline figures -- but it's clear the company is making strides that mature the company, as well as the technology, to meet enterprise-grade demands at scale.
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