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MongoDB Atlas Database As a Service

Author: Esayas Aloto | 3 min read | August 9, 2016

On June 28, 2016, MongoDB, Inc. announced its most anticipated cloud entrance at the annual developers conference held in New York City. Mongo DB Atlas is a database-as-a-service platform available for all database developers and users all around the world.

MongoDB, Inc., one of the leading database software vendors in the IT market, also announced its latest MongoDB Connector for Apache Spark, which is now available for production use. MongoDB Atlas comes after a strong five-year effort to develop software that is capable of running MongoDB in the cloud.

To address a pressing client demand (identified through a recent survey), MongoDB Atlas will be available for all the major cloud computing platforms, starting with Amazon Web Services (AWS) initially, and then also moving on to Google Cloud Platform.

Focus on your database application, not on the database software

With the use of MongoDB Atlas, software developers will no longer need to worry about operational management tasks related to their database environment, such as hardware management, configurations, upgrades, backups, and recovery. Atlas is managed by the best database engineers at MongoDB who take care of all operational tasks, so that the developers can focus on their database design and application development only.

As the CTO and the co-founder of MongoDB,Eliot Horowitz proudly speaks about MongoDB and its cloud computing admission:

“The day we founded MongoDB, we envisioned a world where developers could focus on what’s most important, turning their giant ideas into innovative applications — MongoDB Atlas embodies just that…”

Horowitz is confident that the database developers can ensure that their database applications running on MongoDB Atlas will be highly available and secure, with seamless scalability and almost zero downtime. Customers can ensure that they are always working on the latest MongoDB updates, without any service downtime.


MongoDB Atlas comes with comprehensive support for most of the fundamental features of a robust cloud computing application, including:

  • With an architectural design, which is self-healing and highly fault-tolerant, MongoDB Atlas is capable of delivering high availability. It continuously backs up databases of its customers, which provides capability of point-in-time recovery, ensuring always-on availability.
  • MongoDB Atlas is highly secured with several security layers. This robust security system is built in as a default feature. Features include end-to-end data encryption, extensive access control, and network isolation.
  • MongoDB Atlas ensures high performance with low latency and high throughput, which enables it to cater to highly demanding workloads of any scale. This is one of the key advantages of offering database-as-a-service, compared to traditional enterprise level database software, as it ensures about 80% of cost reduction. You only pay for the capacity you use. The hardware automatically scales with your needs.
  • Atlas is designed based on the feedback of a customer survey performed with more than 2,000 database users in the MongoDB community. This ensures that it caters to the choice and needs of real-world customers.

If you are already a MongoDB user or interested in exploring it, follow the MongoDB Atlas link to the documentation portal for Atlas. It covers such matters as security settings, setting up a cluster, connecting to a cluster, scaling a cluster, monitoring, alerts, backing up data, scheduling backups, and setting a retention regimen for cloud backups.

To learn more about MongoDB, contact Datavail today. With more than 600 database administrators worldwide, Datavail is the largest database services provider in North America. As a reliable provider of 24×7 managed services for applications, BI/Analytics, and databases, Datavail can support your organization, regardless of the build you’ve selected

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