MongoDB launches 3.4 with firm aim at the enterprise

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NoSQL database provider MongoDB has announced the launch of its 3.4 product, promising greater analytics capabilities and additional data models.

Among the new features include multi-model functionality, native graph analytics, as well as a new SQL interface. The company hopes the new release will help it be placed ‘at the centre of enterprises’ digital transformation initiatives’, according to the press material, citing the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence as use cases which require deeper analytical and operational requirements.

Elsewhere, the launch of 3.4 offers a variety of options to simplify application deployments to multiple data centres, from ‘zones’, claimed as the industry’s first fully elastic database partitioning capability designed for multi-region deployments, as well as faster elastic operations which aim to reduce the time balancing data across distributed clusters.

“Developers want to access and store their data in the simplest way possible,” said Eliot Horowitz, MongoDB CTO and co-founder in a statement. “We are continuing to add new capabilities to our query language – like graph and faceted search operators – so developers can use MongoDB for applications that previously required multiple technologies, thereby consolidating their technology footprint.”

“Leaders of nearly every business are under enormous pressure to disrupt, or be disrupted, by the advent of the digital enterprise,” added Dev Ittycheria, MongoDB president and CEO. “Organisations that know how to leverage next-generation software and data technologies to transform their businesses have an intrinsic competitive advantage.”

As is with the way of these things, MongoDB rolled out a number of customers who have tested the new service. Among them include Chinese search engine Baidu, pollsters YouGov, who say they have been “passionate” users of MongoDB since 2010, and real estate portal – We’ll miss you!

If you’ve done a fair amount of development, you’re sure to have used at some point of time during your development career. For others, is a ubiquitous cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that made it easy for developers to work on any programming language without having to download any tool, software kit, or editor. In other words, you can open on your browser, login, and start coding in a programming language of your choice. You even had the choice to share it with other developers and teammates for better collaboration.

Well, all this convenience and ease of use is going to end on November 14! An official release by the company says that it will stop taking on new users, and will refund all payments made to its service after October 16. Anyone with an existing project on will be sent an email link to download their data, and this link will expire within 15 days.

This announcement came as a surprise for its customers, and the cloud IDE community at large, because is a popular platform for developers. Founded in 2012, this company has offices in San Francisco and Singapore. It attracted more than 500 investors, including some big names like Golden Gate Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Lion Rock Capital. It even got a funding to the tune of $6.65 million in March 2014. This company is well-known for the huge jump it got within the first year of its operations – 100,000 users even before its first anniversary. With such an impressive background, and a large and satisfied customer base, it’s not clear why the company decided to shut down its operations. Though the team says that it’ll soon release an open-source version of its cloud IDE, it’s not clear when this release would happen. No timelines have been given in this regard.

Looking back, things have been quiet with since the beginning of this year. The only change was the company’s pricing that was announced in April of this year. Also, this company hired Alex Malinovich, a GitHub alum, as its CEO in July. This strategic change was done with the aim to reach out to more professional developers, along with novices and students. Besides this announcement, there has been no major feature releases for the whole of this year.

Such a long silence followed by this sudden announcement has opened much speculation about what could have gone wrong with the company. Some contend that its strategy to bring in more professional developers did not work out, and the company eventually ran out of money, thereby forcing it to stop operations. A few others believe that it is likely to be acquired by a major player, just like how another cloud IDE, Cloud9 was acquired by Amazon Web Services. None of these speculations have been confirmed by the company yet.

This means, the more than 200,000 developers on this site are going to feel disappointed, as of now. Let’s hope comes up with its new open-source version soon!

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(c), a Singapore and San Francisco-based cloud integrated development environment (IDE) provider, has announced it is to shut down its development platform and cloud IDE on November 14, with customers given until that date before their data is deleted.

The company has stopped new signups, and said that payments made after October 16 will be refunded in full, as well as promising that subscriptions to any Nitrous email list will expire at the end of this month.

While two weeks is a less than ideal timeframe to sort out new data, the company said in a blog post confirming the shutdown that customers who have an active workstation will be able to easily download a backup of their data through an email link.

The company added that a self-hosted and open source version of the Nitrous IDE, called Nitrous Solo – which will allow users to host their own instances on other cloud providers – will be rolled out “in the coming weeks.”

According to Crunchbase,, previously known at, received a total of $7.65 million in funding across two rounds; one of $1m in seed funding in April 2013, alongside $6.65m of series A in March 2014 led by Bessemer Venture Partners. The company launched a professional version of its development platform in April last year, claiming at the time that more than 200,000 people had registered and built apps using the original free version of Nitrous.

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How to thrive in a hybrid cloud world: Data governance and management best practice

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The vast majority of companies who are moving to cloud applications also have a significant current investment in on-premise operational applications and on-premise capabilities around data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics. This means that most of them will be working with a hybrid cloud/on-premise data management environment for the foreseeable future.

Moving at ‘cloud speed’, and setting up a new application in a matter of hours, is a big advantage in terms of business agility, but one cost is that managing data becomes more complicated.

It seems that more often than not, a hybrid architecture isn’t planned – it just happens. The ‘typical’ use-case pattern starts with organisations integrating a cloud application, perhaps for CRM or HR, then, they add cloud database before finally adding a cloud data warehouse and/or analytics capability.

A lot of the time it’s the business that drives this pattern in an effort to solve a particular problem. Most frequently, IT is hugely involved in the effort, but the cloud analytics decision is made by the business side. As a result, IT inherits significant new data management complexity.

Implementing data governance

It can be difficult to retrofit governance into existing systems. Often, the focus is on the initial data migration to the new operational application or analytics, where a simple bulk data loader is employed in the interest of speed and agility. This has several downsides:

  • There is no metadata. Using a data integration tool with metadata support, instead of a bulk loader, will give you an end-to-end view of your data lineage throughout your environment. This will be critical as the complexity grows and you need to make changes, quickly and without errors
  • The opportunity to do a data clean-up while moving the data is lost, and you risk populating a new application with ‘bad data’
  • You miss the opportunity to think about ongoing data security and data governance on a broader scale

Once the new applications have gone live, focus shifts to ensuring data consistency. Moving between cloud and on-premise systems and cloud-to-cloud brings new challenges, and leave fewer resources dedicated to overall data management.

If you don’t want to slow down the business initiatives that are driving the new applications, but still want to prevent that data complexity or chaos, it will pay to have a data management architecture and best practices in place before-hand.

The hybrid data management checklist

Data management in a large organisation is challenging. But this gets even more complex when it’s hybrid. The key is to plan ahead so that you’re not a roadblock to the business. Key considerations for a successful programme should question:

  • Does your software provider offer out-of-the-box, high-performance connectivity to all of the on-premise and cloud sources?
  • Does your software provider have compatibility across their on-premise and cloud data integration capabilities including shared skills, shared code (mappings), shared management tools?
  • Do they support multiple integration patterns: batch, real-time, API integration?
  • Can they smoothly enable you to grow your data management capabilities as you need them covering data quality, data governance, master data management, metadata management, security, B2B?
  • Do they support wizards and template-drive development for ‘citizen integrators’?
  • Do they have metadata management tools for data lineage and business meaning and context. This is critical for reducing errors, enabling self-service, and speeding changes to the environment
  • Do you have a central point of operational management for data?
  • Can you manage quality and governance of data across a hybrid environment?

At the end of the day, the business challenge is to deliver value faster than the competition. The IT challenge comes with meeting the speed and quality requirements of the business while enabling them to accelerate their business agility. It can be done, but it takes careful planning and a good, forward-looking data management architecture.

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