Rackspace supercharges MongoDB service

Rackspace is using its ObjectRocket acquisition to offer fully tuned MongoDB data stores

Rackspace is now offering hosted versions of the MongoDB data store, using MongoDB management technologies it acquired from its purchase of ObjectRocket in February. It also has contracted with 10gen, the company shepherding the open source MongoDB, to provide advanced support for the service.

ObjectRocket created a platform specifically for running MongoDB in hosted, or cloud, services, said Matt Asay, 10gen's vice president of corporate strategy. The new service will be "one really good way to pave the path to a successful MongoDB experience," he said.

Although both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure provide directions for installing and running MongoDB on their clouds, Rackspace is hoping that the ObjectRocket's technologies will provide a more streamlined process of deploying and managing the data store.

The ObjectRocket platform takes care of a lot of configuration and tuning issues that could flummox an administrator trying to run MongoDB in the cloud for the first time, such as choosing the optimum amount of RAM to allocate, Asay said. It also provides controls for automatically scaling a single server copy to a multi-node cluster deployment, and has tuned the underlying software stack to work specifically with MongoDB.

Before being purchased by Rackspace, ObjectRocket offered MongoDB as a hosted service from its own data centers, tweaking its servers for maximum responsiveness. Rackspace will now offer ObjectRocket-based MongoDB on its own larger, more robust, infrastructure.

On the support side, Rackspace will offer first and second line support, and has contracted 10gen to take on third-tier support, to help resolve particularly thorny customer issues. Also, 10gen will train Rackspace support personnel on MongoDB, Asay said.

MongoDB is one of a one of a number of NoSQL data stores that have appeared in recent years as alternatives to SQL database management systems. MongoDB provides a way to access data through the developer-friendly JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) protocol. It offers a dynamic schema, which makes it easy to add or remove new columns, and comes with auto-sharding for easy scalability.

Rackspace is not alone in offering customized hosted instances of MongoDB. Hosting provider SoftLayer, recently purchased by IBM, also worked with 10gen to offer the data store. 10gen itself also offers to store backup copies of the data store online.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags development platformsMongoDBManaged Servicescloud computinginternetInfrastructure servicesrackspace

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?