IBM is advancing both its Mobile First and open-source strategies through a partnership with 10Gen, the company behind open-source NoSQL database MongoDB. Under the agreement, unveiled last week, both companies will work together on a new standard for mobile enterprise applications.
"If you look what's happening in the industry, especially around app development, there's a lot around mobility, a lot around big-data, analytics, and social, and one of the biggest challenges developers have today is the time to value -- how quickly they can develop apps, how quickly they can get those apps into production," Angel Diaz, vice president of IBM Software Standards, told me. IBM is the sole sponsor of Internet Evolution.
Added Matt Asay, vice president of corporate strategy at 10Gen: "I look at what IBM has done for Linux, is doing for OpenStack, and look at the possibilities of what IBM's enterprise expertise could do for MongoDB. No one understands the CIO better than IBM. I'm talking about actual code-level expertise in things like security and understanding enterprises' code-level needs. We're not looking necessarily for marketing help. This is a code-level partnership where we're working at the code level to improve MongoDB, such that an enterprise can get more of what they need. We've had a lot of ent adoption, but we're looking at this to be the standard for the next 20, 30 years."
By enabling developers to use IBM Eclipse tools with its Worklight Studio to integrate MongoDB APIs via MongoDB's query language, developers can more easily query the JSON documents already popular for storing web documents. In addition, IBM will provide the MongoDB community with security and localization expertise, Diaz said.
IBM will standardize on BSON, the MongoDB wire protocol, and the MongoDB query language in the elastic, in-memory WebSphere eXtreme Scale data grid platform and the DB2 database platform, IBM said. 10Gen will work with IBM and others to develop these standards. Customers can begin to use these new features in the third quarter of 2013 by pairing eXtreme Scale with MongoDB, and by running their MongoDB apps on DB2 directly, the partners said.
At a time when big-data analytics are corporate game-changers, more organizations are looking for ways to pull together the information they're gathering and storing in web and mobile apps via tools like MongoDB with existing databases, such as IBM DB2. SoftLayer -- which IBM announced it plans to acquire -- also has a strong relationship with MongoDB, pointed out GigaOm's Derrick Harris.
The partnership pulls together several underlying IBM initiatives: To enable simplified creation of mobile, enterprise apps via its IBM MobileFirst strategy, and to continue its embrace of open-source. It should expand MongoDB's reach into both large and midsized organizations across a spectrum of industries, said Asay. Since the announcement, several companies have already approached 10Gen, he added.
— Alison Diana , ThinkerNet Editor, Internet Evolution