Encryption at rest is now available on AWS and Google

We are excited to announce the availability of encryption at rest for mLab Dedicated plans on AWS and Google Cloud Platform. Encryption at rest provides a layer of protection against unauthorized access to sensitive data, especially attacks directed at the physical devices on which the data is stored. This opt-in feature allows users to encrypt […]

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Using MongoDB $indexStats to identify and remove unused indexes

Proper indexing is critical to database performance. A single unindexed query is enough to cause significant performance degradation. It is relatively easy to spot a missing index using mLab’s Slow Query Analyzer, but the tool doesn’t provide an obvious way to identify and remove indexes that aren’t actually being used…

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Recent MongoDB ransom attacks

Many of you have likely heard that an estimated 27,000 MongoDB databases have had their data removed and held at ransom by hackers. We have received many questions about the news and wanted to discuss and share MongoDB security best practices to prevent future incidents. All database deployments hosted at mLab are safe from such […]

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Configuring a MongoDB replica set for analytics

MongoDB replica sets make it easy for developers to ensure high availability for their database deployments. A common replica set configuration is composed of three member nodes: two data-bearing nodes and one arbiter node. With two electable, data-bearing nodes, users are protected from scenarios that cause downtime for single-node deployments, such as maintenance events and […]

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MongoDB tips & tricks: Collection-level access control

As your database or project grows, you may be tasked with configuring access controls to allow different stakeholders access to the database. Rather than create a new user with full database privileges, it may be more appropriate to create a user that only has access to the data or collections they need. This allows users […]

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Counting Down the Parse Migration

On January 28, 2017 Parse will be fully retired. To help with the transition, mLab has published a comprehensive guide to migrating Parse data onto an mLab-hosted MongoDB database. This guide aims to help existing Parse customers by highlighting migration best practices and addressing commonly asked questions that we’ve handled migrating over 8600 applications to […]

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Introducing mLab Private Environments

Today we are excited to announce the private beta of mLab Private Environments. mLab Private Environments are virtual private networks you can provision to house your various database deployments hosted with mLab. These private networks isolate your database from public networks while allowing your application infrastructure secure access to your database deployments. With Private Environments, […]

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How to choose a DBaaS? Check out our piece in DZone

DZone recently asked us to contribute an article on choosing a Database-as-a-Service provider. I was excited to write this because it gave us a chance to summarize some of our experience hosting hundreds of thousands of MongoDB deployments over the past five years. The piece, titled How to Choose a DBaaS, is also part of […]

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MongoLab is now mLab

We have some exciting news to share! Below is the email we sent to our users earlier today: I’m very excited to share some important news with you. Today we are changing our name from MongoLab to mLab in order to better align with our long-term vision. When we started this business five years ago, […]

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Welcoming the Parse community

Last week, Parse announced that it was winding down its service, and it will be fully retired on January 28, 2017.   Parse provided a great mobile backend platform for developers who don’t want to wrangle with the complexities of server-side infrastructure. By encapsulating both the database and the app server into a single cloud […]

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