"One of the key elements that helps to enable open source
software applications to gain broader enterprise usage is the
availability of commercial support options. In the case of the open
source MongoDB NoSQL database, that commercial support is now
coming from project backer 10gen.
"The NoSQL movement is an emerging market of databases that are
positioned as alternatives to traditional relational databases
(RDBMS) . With the new official commercial support for MongoDB,
10gen is looking to help grow the open source MongoDB community --
and strengthen its position against competitors like MySQL and
Oracle -- by providing support and training.
"At the helm of 10gen is CEO and Co-Founder Dwight Merriman,
himself no stranger to the needs of highly scalable databases.
Merriam was the co-founder of the DoubleClick online ad network
(now owned by Google) and helped to create its ad-serving
""One thing we noticed at DoubleClick is that traditional
database tools didn't have the scaling and performance
characteristics we wanted," Merriman told InternetNews.com." What
we've been doing at 10gen -- and 10gen started the MongoDB project
-- is basically trying to build a database that is horizontally
scalable that also makes software development easier for the
use-cases for which it is suited."