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MongoDB launches 'Stitch' backend as a service tool to simplify app development

Tom Macaulay | June 23, 2017
Cloud database service MongoDB Atlas has also been rolled out across all major cloud platforms.

The latest manifestation of this goal also bears a name that reflects its primary purpose: to sew a variety of third party services into a single application, and combine different development tools in the same simple interface.

The initial pre-built integrations include Facebook, AWS, Twilio, Slack, MailGun and PubNub. Developers can also add further cloud or microservices using the Stitch HTTP service.

They can keep data safe and protect privacy by writing granular access rules around security, which is much less error-prone than customising code in the middleware layer.

Stich has launched as a public beta for MongoDB Atlas, and is slated to be available for all MongoDB users in both cloud and on-premise version by the end of the year. Pricing will be based on usage.

MongoDB has become a popular choice of database for developers of web and mobile applications for providing high performance at a fraction of the cost of market leader Oracle's MySQL. The enhanced ease of use promised by Stitch adds another competitive advantage.


New cloud

Last year the company announced MongoDB Atlas, a cloud-hosted database service initially only available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). More than 25,000 have signed up to the service to build their applications in the cloud since then, from online dating website eHarmony to biotech product developer Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The growing demand for Atlas from non-AWS customers and enterprises with multi-cloud strategies is behind the second major launch made at MongoDB World.

"As of this morning, you can now deploy Atlas clusters on any public cloud of your choice," announced Horowitz.

This means customers now have a choice of running that the product on both Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure, as well as the previous AWS option.

"By extending availability of MongoDB Atlas across AWS and now to Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, we're ensuring that MongoDB users everywhere can easily leverage the database with the cloud services they want, all without worrying about the operational overhead of running the database according to best practices," said Azam.

The service is available in an elastic pricing model that is metered on hourly usage, and as a free version for developers to protoype applications.

A new business intelligence (BI) tool called Mongo Charts was also revealed at the event. The analytics tool that lets users quickly create detailed graphs and dashboards from their MongoDB data. It is expected to be available this autumn.


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