MongoDB distances itself from NoSQL alternatives
Although NoSQL databases like Cassandra (originally developed and used by Facebook) or CouchDB get a lot of media attention, MongoDB appears to be the product to catch in this hot market. As evidence, worldwide Google searches for various NoSQL product names shows the marked increase in MongoDB and Mongo searches since January 2011. Google searches for MongoDB and Mongo exceeded searches for CouchDB, Couchbase, Membase, Cassandra, and HBase combined. According to Indeed.com, open positions seeking MongoDB or Mongo skills have outpaced other leading NoSQL products. MongoDB and Mongo now represent the most sought-after NoSQL skills among companies hiring on Indeed.com. Finally, recently announced PaaS offerings from Red Hat and VMware featured MongoDB at the data services layer of their respective offerings.
Schireson shared some stats on 10Gen's commercial business growth into the enterprise with MongoDB: Six months ago, the majority of 10Gen customers were startups; today the majority are traditional enterprise customers. In fact, 10Gen counts five Fortune 100 companies among its 200-plus paying customers. With more than 100,000 downloads per month and developer attendance to MongoDB conferences increasing 400 percent to nearly 2,000 across San Francisco, New York, and Beijing, MongoDB traction continues to increase.
However, many enterprises are waiting for their peers to go first into the world of NoSQL. I don't think they need to wait any longer -- and some aren't waiting. Although companies needing to manage terabytes of data across commodity servers, such as Facebook, Foursquare, and Shutterfly, have been early adopters of NoSQL databases, traditional enterprises such as Disney and Intuit are also joining the NoSQL customer list.
And Craigslist has adopted MongoDB to handle its multi-billion-document deployment, as Jeremy Zawodny, author of the popular "High Performance MySQL" book, explained at a recent conference. When Zawodny, a MySQL performance guru, gets behind MongoDB, it's time for enterprises interested in NoSQL to consider MongoDB.
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