MongoDB Atlas Adds New Developer Capabilities

MongoDB has announced new capabilities for MongoDB Atlas that enable developers to migrate their data from any location to the company’s database service with no downtime.

Initially launched in June 2016, MongoDB Atlas is an elastic, on-demand cloud service that includes infrastructure and turnkey management.

New updates to MongoDB’s database-as-a-service also grant developers free access to the platform for learning, prototyping, and testing their cloud-based applications.  

Engineered by the same team that builds the MongoDB NoSQL database platform, MongoDB Atlas, incorporates best practices developed from real-world use cases at thousands of customer deployments from startups to the Fortune 100.

By making it free to get started and adding a way to migrate over existing workloads, the company says it is allowing more organizations to benefit from what it has learned over the past 8 years. 

With this release, MongoDB Atlas now offers users a free cluster with 512MB of storage for learning, prototyping, and development. The nodes in a free tier deployment are distributed to ensure high availability and users will also have their data secured by default with authorization via SCRAM-SHA-1, TLS/SSL encryption for data traveling over networks, and encrypted storage volumes for data at rest. Free tier clusters will run the latest version of the database, MongoDB 3.4, while operational tasks such as upgrades and healing will be managed in the background.  

For users who are already running MongoDB, the new mongomirror utility enables them to pull data from their pre-existing deployments and push it into MongoDB Atlas for a simplified live migration process with minimal downtime. The mongomirror Atlas migration utility will work with any pre-existing MongoDB replica set running MongoDB 3.0 or higher.

A hosted version of this live migration tool will also be offered in the future in MongoDB Atlas.  

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