MONGODB has just launched version 3.0 of the popular NoSQL database.
The 3.0 release introduces Ops Manager, a tool designed to make the deployment and management of the database much more intuitive.
The INQUIRER spoke to Kelly Stirman, MongoDB director of products, who said: "This is a major release for us, the biggest we've ever done. There are significant upgrades to performance, along with the new Ops Manager offering."
Speaking about the upgrade to performance, Stirman explained: "This is a fundamental rearchitecture of the database. For the first time, you can choose the source engine which best suits your need."
Customers can choose one of three options: an upgraded version of the existing MMAPv1; WiredTiger, the company purchased by MongoDB at the end of last year; and an in-memory database using onboard RAM.
"Reading and writing data is about 100,000 times faster than writing data to disc, so there are huge advantages to a RAM-based system," said Stirman.
"[The WiredTiger option] dramatically improves the performance for applications. Most users should see between a 7x and 10x improvement in throughput."
WiredTiger also offers data compression. "MongoDB has never offered compression before. The default will yield between 50 percent and 80 percent reduction in storage," he said.
Speaking about the new Ops Manager service, Stirman said: "People have always had a great experience downloading MongoDB on their laptop and saving and loading data, but there has been some criticism over the years that, for large deployments, the work in maintaining the system has been more than people saw as appropriate."
Ops Manager allows users and administrators to install, upgrade and manage the system from a single interface, reducing the time required to perform operations in some cases from hours to minutes, MongoDB claims.
"It is the age of convenience. Much of what we look for in products is about making life easier, and that's what we've done here," Stirman said.
Existing customers will have a simple upgrade path with minimal downtime, while new users can be up and running very quickly.
The new version of MongoDB is in final testing and is due for release to customers in March.
MySQL fork MariaDB also recently announced contributions from Google to its latest version. µ
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