MongoDB launches management service with multiple infrastructure options

MongoDB is putting a software as a service spin on its management tools that should make deployments easier for enterprise customers.

MongoDB, an open source database challenger to the likes of Oracle, on Tuesday rolled out its MongoDB Management Service, which puts a software as a service spin to the company's business model while closing key product gaps for enterprise customers.

The MongoDB Management Service (MMS) is designed to make the operating system easier to manage on multiple infrastructures---cloud, data center and even laptop. Kelly Stirman, director of products at MongoDB, acknowledged that the company's database had a reputation for being hard to manage at scale. MMS is designed to change that equation, lower operational costs and make MongoDB easier to deploy.

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"The baseline capabilities put as at parity with leaders in this space, but where we're innovating is the cloud service on the infrastructure of your choice," said Stirman. The aim with MMS is to allow MongoDB customers to focus on app development instead of operations.

MMS includes the following:

  • Deployment options with a click on multiple infrastructure options. 
  • Integration with Amazon Web Services. 
  • Upgrade and capacity tools without downtime. 
  • Continuous backups and point-in-time recovery tools.

From a business model perspective, MongoDB is adding another revenue stream with MMS. Like other open source software players, MongoDB sells support and training, but a cloud model could add sales from customers who wouldn't have paid for higher tier services anyway. MMS is free for the first 8 servers and then $50 a month per server. Optional backup storage is $2.50/GB per month. Optional support and service level agreements are optional at $450 a month per server, or $5,000 a year per server.

"We think this is an interesting approach to an open source model," said Stirman. "We're trying to give the freedom of deploying MongoDB anywhere you want."

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As for the customer base, large companies are likely to stick with MongoDB's traditional enterprise subscriptions. The SaaS option will target startups, smaller companies and those businesses that are cloud first.

MongoDB has about 1,000 customers including a third of the Fortune 100. The company has launched online education initiatives to broaden its already-strong ecosystem community. Later this year, MongoDB will roll out a new version of its database that aims to improve the user interface as well as make management easier.