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MongoDB Announces Availability of MongoDB 6.0

The News: MongoDB announces the availability of MongoDB 6.0. For the full announcement from MongoDB, see the MongoDB website.

MongoDB Announces Availability of MongoDB 6.0

Analyst Take: First announced at MongoDB World a few weeks ago, MongoDB has announced version 6.0 of its core database offering.

MongoDB has come a long way from revolutionizing relational databases with a document-based alternative to evolving into a developer data platform that addresses a much wider portion of the data lifecycle. I covered the MongoDB World announcements after attending the event, and my key takeaways from the show were that the company is laser focused on servicing a wider spectrum of use cases and more capabilities of the data lifecycle to address the needs of hundreds of millions of new applications to be developed over the coming years. While I firmly believe that these loftier ambitions are a solid strategic move, this will be a big lift for MongoDB in the quarters ahead. While the company is well placed to make the transition, due to the strong support MongoDB commands in the developer community, MongoDB will need to build on this developer support and build a legion of supporters in the ranks of data scientists to successfully execute the transition.

MongoDB 6.0

Despite its wider strategic ambitions, the company now has a core database product that still needs to evolve. Mongo DB 6.0 is this evolution, with the company establishing a regular cadence of major updates coinciding with the company’s annual conference. The common theme in MongoDB 6.0 is simplification. Rather than forcing customers to deploy a raft of external software and third-party tools, MongoDB has focused on delivering capabilities that enable its customers to develop, iterate, test, and release applications at increased velocity.

MongoDB’s 6.0 release is designed to assist developers to avoid siloed data, complex architectures, time spent on integration, and the need for custom work with tasks such as data pipelines. The key focus areas for MongoDB 6.0 are:

Enhanced support for time series data. Time series data is becoming vital in how modern applications are architected. When collected appropriately, processed, and analyzed, time series data provide a valuable source of actionable insights. First introduced in MongoDB 5.0, time series collections provide a way to handle these workloads without resorting to adding a niche technology and the resulting complexity. In addition, it was critical to overcome obstacles unique to time series data, such as high volume, storage and cost considerations, and gaps in data continuity that appear in edge use cases.

MongoDB has also improved query performance and sort operations in 6.0. A good example is how 6.0 can return the last data point in a series, as opposed to scanning the whole collection, thereby enabling faster reads.

Event-driven architectures. Increasingly, customers are coming to expect real-time, event-driven experiences, and MongoDB has responded.

The MongoDB 6.0 release enhances change streams, adding abilities to elevate streams to the next level. Change streams provide an API to stream changes to a MongoDB database, cluster, or collection, without the high overhead that comes from having to poll an entire system.

Enriched queries. MongoDB’s aggregation capabilities allow users to process multiple documents and return computed results. By combining individual operators into aggregation pipelines, users can build complex data processing pipelines to extract the insights needed. One example amongst the ones outlined in the release notes is $lookup with the company claiming significant performance upgrade, with these extending to as much as a hundredfold in certain scenarios.

Productivity Improvements through Operators. MongoDB 6.0 ushers in a raft of new operators, which are positioned as enabling customers to push more work through the database while spending less time writing code or manipulating data manually. These new MongoDB operators will automate key commands and long sequences of code, freeing up more developer time to focus on other tasks.

Resilient Operations. MongoDB 6.0 introduces initial sync via file copy which, according to the company, is up to 4x faster than other approaches. This feature is available with MongoDB Enterprise Server. MongoDB 6.0 also ushers in improvements to sharding, the mechanism that enables horizontal scalability.

Enhanced Data Security and Operational Efficiency. With MongoDB 6.0, client-side field-level encryption CSFLE now includes support for any KMIP-compliant key management provider. As an emerging standard, KMIP streamlines storage, manipulation, and handling of cryptographic objects.

MongoDB’s support for auditing allows administrators to track system activity ensuring accountability and, while it is important that auditors can inspect audit logs, the content of logs must be protected from unauthorized users due to the sensitive information it may contain. Encryption of the logs will protect the events’ confidentiality and integrity. In addition, if the logs propagate, they stay encrypted.

Queryable Encryption is now available in customer preview. This technology will enable customers to run expressive queries against encrypted data and only decode data when it is made available to the user.

Looking Ahead for MongoDB

Ultimately MongoDB 6.0 is hyper-focused on making applications less complex and faster to build at scale in any environment. The new capabilities are intended to facilitate development and operations, remove data silos, and reduce risk that accompanies the unnecessary use of third party tools. According to the company, this will translate to less custom work, troubleshooting, and complex architectures. It is too early to say whether this vision will become reality, but what I have taken away from my recent interactions with the company is that MongoDB has a clarity of focus on the developer experience that I don’t see in their competitor, and that can be ultimately turn into significant competitive advantage.

Atlas is becoming a juggernaut as customers look to move their databases to the cloud. This MongoDB 6.0 release further enhances this value proposition and provides a raft of updates that will be appreciated by the developers that form the bedrock of MongoDB’s customer base. The addition of enhanced security features in the MongoDB 6.0 will also be a boon for customers as this is also becoming a key decision criterion when evaluating database technologies.

Disclosure: Futurum Research is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

Other insights from Futurum Research:

MongoDB World – MongoDB Going All in on the Cloud and Platform 

Oracle Database API for MongoDB: Running MongoDB Workloads on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

MongoDB Doubles Down on Core Offerings and the Cloud

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Author Information

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.


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