Mr. Kamal Brar, Vice President, APAC, MongoDB shares his views with Technuter.com:
MongoDB is a leading NoSQL database designed to support and run large applications with various data types. We empower organizations to be more agile and scalable. Our platform enables development of new types of applications, better customer experience, faster time to market and lower costs for organizations of all sizes.
MongoDB is an agile NoSQL database that allows schemas to vary across documents and to change quickly as applications evolve, while still providing the functionality developers expect from relational databases, such as secondary indexes, a full query language and strong consistency.
MongoDB is built for scalability, performance and high availability. We allow for scaling from single server deployments to large, complex multi-data center architectures with enterprise-grade reliability and operational flexibility.
What are latest industry trends in enterprise database technologies?
The database market is changing quickly. Customers want agile data frameworks and to do that, you need to move away from legacy relational models. That is where developers are looking at options on how to address and how to store the data in different databases from what they have used in the past. It would be fair to say that a lot of applications in relational data stores are based on existing core applications, which require these relational models but the new data being generated is non-relational data and actually doesn’t require these models. That is where we are seeing a shift as relational databases cannot handle dynamic data or retrieve it quickly for consumption. A few examples include applications that deal with large amount of geographic data, machine to machine generated data or other unstructured data sets that need agile frameworks. In addition, customers are realising that there are more innovative ways to solve the problem than they have previously had access too.
MongoDB has the fastest-growing community in Big Data, with a large user base and a meteoric trajectory. Recently, major enhancements were announced by MongoDB around its popular cloud service, MongoDB Management Service (MMS). MMS dramatically simplifies operations for MongoDB deployments of any size, reducing operational overhead by 95 percent for many operations.
Could you please tell us about database technology called NoSQL?
NoSQL encompasses a wide variety of different database technologies and were developed in response to a rise in the volume of data stored about users, objects and products, the frequency in which this data is accessed, and performance and processing needs. Relational databases, on the other hand, were not designed to cope with the scale and agility challenges that face modern applications, nor were they built to take advantage of the cheap storage and processing power available today.
Many NoSQL databases are also open-source, meaning that they can be downloaded, implemented and scaled at little cost. Because development cycles are faster, organizations can also innovate more quickly and deliver superior customer experience at a lower cost. With multiple data modules available in the market, selecting the right database for your application and goals is important.
What is the USP of ‘MongoDB’ in contrast of other enterprise database technology provider in India?
MongoDB is enhancing the use and adaption of disruptive database technology for enterprises that was not even understood just a few years ago: technology adoption was driven by developers. MongoDB has taken a developer first approach with its open source product that is easy to use, agile, and enables developers to get into production quickly. Such databases are named NoSQL because they sacrifice full relational querying capabilities of regular relational databases in favor of the ability to quickly ingest large amounts of data, which can be easily stored across multiple servers.
MongoDB’s document-oriented data model makes it exceptionally easy to add or change fields, among other things. So if a developer needs to quickly evolve an application, MongoDB’s flexible data model facilitates this. In addition, the MongoDB platform is easy to learn, highly scalable and cost effective.
What are the major Industry verticals targeted by MongoDB?
MongoDB is widely accepted as the fastest growing database technology across various industry verticals including financial services, public sector, health care, telecommunications, software companies and retail. We have seen tremendous interest in our product offerings from India. Our user community in India is growing fast and we are also seeing a fantastic uptake of the technology through the open source community and also through customers looking at enterprise-based solutions. In recent months, we have signed clients like Snapdeal.com, Happiest Minds and Hike messenger in India.
What is ‘MongoDB’ doing differently to increase its market share in India?
We are bullish about the Indian market and see significant opportunities in the financial, banking, insurance and public sector verticals. In India, the sheer size of the population poses a lot of unique challenges to many organisations. Open source technologies and MongoDB offer a compelling solution to a lot of those challenges. MongoDB’s dynamic schema and object-oriented structure make it a great fit for real-time analytics and dashboarding along with content management, user data management and more.
Do you plan any significant market expansion in near future?
We are actively making efforts to drive the community adoption for MongoDB in India. We have around 1800 members across Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi. We see the community thriving and we host MongoDB community days in these regions. That developer community is a big part of our focus in this region and it is extremely important to us. While most of the members of the community are involved in the open source development, there are alsomany members who are decision makersin their organizations and have the authority to take a pilot project built on MongoDB and make it a tool that creates real value for their company. Our experience has been that focusing on developer adoption first is the most effective way of expanding quickly. So this is clearly a very important part of our plans in India.