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Open Source MongoDB Gets Commercial Support

Mar 30, 2010, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"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 system.

""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."

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