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Shared Cluster plans now available in Google’s Belgium region

We’re excited to announce that we are now offering Shared Cluster plans in Google Cloud Platform’s Belgium (europe-west1) region. Google users who host their applications in Belgium can now provision low-latency, budget-friendly production MongoDB databases in the same region. Visit mLab’s create deployment wizard if you’d like to create a new Shared Cluster database. For […]

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mLab is now available in all AWS regions

We’re excited to announce that we now support all fourteen Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) regions. Most notably, we have recently added support for the Frankfurt, Mumbai, and Seoul regions. Our users can now deploy both their database and application infrastructure to any AWS region and achieve the lowest latency and best […]

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MongoDB connection pooling for Express applications

Express is the most popular Node.js web framework and the fourth most depended-upon package on the NPM registry. As a result of its popularity, there are an abundance of tutorials and examples for getting started with new Express apps – we too have created a “getting started” MEAN stack tutorial for the Heroku DevCenter. However, […]

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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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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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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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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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