Added by Erik West on August 29, 2012
MongoDB, a popular distributed database, announced the release of its version 2.2 update on Wednesday.
“MongoDB version 2.20 includes a variety of feature enhancements and performance improvements,” said a statement on the development team’s website.
10gen, the organization that provides the programming for the database, lists use cases for the database that include content management, high volume data feeds, product catalogs, and operational intelligence.
In an introduction to MongoDB, Eliot Horowitz, the CTO and co-founder of 10gen, says, “MongoDB wasn’t designed in a lab. We built MongoDB from our own experiences building large scale, high availability, robust systems.”
The introduction describes the advantages MongoDB provides by changing the data model from relational to document based, that include embedded docs for speed, manageability, agile development with schema-less databases, and easier horizontal scalability.
MongoDB is used by MTV Networks, Craigslist, Foursquare, The New York times, The Guardian, and a variety of enterprises. MongoDB supports programming languages like C, C++, PHP, Python, and C#; MongoDB is available for platforms that include 32 and 64-bit Windows, 32 and 64-bit Linux, and Mac OS X.
10gen began development of MongoDB in October 2007 and was founded by DoubleClick founder and CTO Dwight Merriman, Kevin P. Ryan, and Eliot Horowitz. MongoDB was released as an opensource product in 2009 and the company announced, in March 2010, it would offer commercial support for MongoDB.
The name MongoDB comes from the word hu(mongo)us.