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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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Heartbleed security update

As many of you know, a serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library was recently discovered: CVE-2014-0160. This vulnerability is commonly called the “Heartbleed Bug” and is described at http://heartbleed.com. The Heartbleed vulnerability can be exploited by an attacker to gain access to the cryptographic keys used to secure communication between clients and servers […]

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Production MongoDB Replica Sets now available on Windows Azure!

After many months of development and testing we are pleased to announce MongoLab’s first production-ready database plans on the Windows Azure platform with immediate availability in Windows Azure’s East US and West US datacenters. What does this new plan include? A three-node Replica Set cluster (two data-bearing nodes plus one arbiter node) Dedicated mongod processes […]

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Build your own lead capture page with Meteor and MongoDB in minutes

This is a guest blog post written by Niall O’Higgins and Peter Braden at Frozen Ridge, a full-stack web consultancy offering services around databases, node.js, testing & continuous deployment, mobile web and more. They can be contacted at hello@frozenridge.co. Meteor is a framework for building real-time client-server applications in JavaScript. It is build from the ground up to work […]

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MongoLab now supports Google Cloud Platform!

This week at Google I/O we are launching support for MongoLab’s fifth cloud provider – Google Cloud Platform. You can now use MongoLab to provision and manage MongoDB deployments on Google Compute Engine (GCE)! So far we are very impressed with the capabilities of the GCE infrastructure.  In particular: The network is fast. I mean […]

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MongoLab on Windows Azure

Over the past few months we have been working closely with Microsoft to bring MongoLab to the Windows Azure platform, and today we are proud to announce our official Preview launch of MongoLab in Azure’s East US and West US datacenters. Windows Azure is the fourth cloud provider we have added support for, and we […]

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Why is MongoDB wildly popular? It’s a data structure thing.

Updated 11/7/14: Fixed typos “Show me your code and conceal your data structures, and I shall continue to be mystified. Show me your data structures, and I won’t usually need your code; it’ll be obvious.” – Eric Raymond, in The Cathedral and the Bazaar, 1997 Linguistic innovation The fundamental task of programming is telling a computer how to do […]

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Optimize slow MongoDB queries using MongoLab

You’ve launched your application, driven some traffic to it (maybe it’s even “gone viral”!), accumulated a meaningful volume of data and now it feels like some of your queries have become sluggish. What now? Time for query profiling!  MongoLab can help. Step 1: Turn on the profiler To turn on the query profiler log in […]

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MongoDB: it’s not just about big data

MongoDB has a great story around big data and horizontal scalability, but it is also a great general-purpose database and often the right choice even when you don¹t have a lot of data. I gave a talk at a local San Francisco NoSQL meetup about this very topic.  The talk received a ton of good feedback – maybe I’ll […]

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Join us at the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon in San Jose, CA on Saturday, August 6th!

We love attending conferences and meetups, but it’s even more fun when we get the opportunity to sponsor an event like the upcoming AT&T Mobile App Hackathon! AT&T’s Developer Program events are known for their fun projects, great turnouts and awesome prizes – oh yeah, food is also included! This hackathon will take place on […]

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