Data Unpacked 007 – Exploring the Managed Database Continuum with Mat Keep from MongoDB

Chris EvansData Unpacked Podcast, Databases, Guest Speakers, MongoDB

In this episode, Chris chats to Mat Keep (Senior Director of Product at MongoDB) about the proliferation of managed database solutions. Specifically, the conversation covers options for MongoDB, including Atlas. Managed databases provide a way for customers to gain rapid access to a development or production platform, paying for usage either on a time or transactional basis. This choice increases value for the customer, while ceding greater management control to the vendor. Whilst the database administrators may not have as many “nerd knobs” to vary, the time to value is hugely increased when database endpoints can be provisioned in a matter of minutes.

Mat explains how MongoDB has developed Atlas, an online portal for databases on-demand. This consumption model enables developers test code and for businesses and organisations, such as the UK’s HMRC, to rapidly put new applications in place.

You can learn more about Atlas and MongoDB at

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  • 00:00:00 – Intros
  • 00:02:34 – Database history goes back many years (including before relational databases)
  • 00:03:07 – Database “as a service” is now a thing – 50% of the market
  • 00:04:42 – On-demand databases have an incredibly short lead time
  • 00:05:37 – 6 month lead time is now 6 minutes
  • 00:06:38 – 750 million applications on the horizon?
  • 00:07:57 – Value for use is higher with SaaS and on-demand database solutions
  • 00:09:20 – The vendor is in the best position to provide product support
  • 00:11:47 – What are the negatives of using SaaS platforms?
  • 00:15:00 – Database migrations are tricky to achieve safely
  • 00:16:16 – MongoDB offers serverless as an option
  • 00:17:42 – MongoDB is available on Arm, Power and mainframe
  • 00:19:53 – Is SaaS used just for development or across the spectrum of adoption?
  • 00:24:34 – How does data encryption work in a SaaS environment?
  • 00:25:48 – Queryable encryption is achieved at the client side
  • 00:31:08 – Deleting encrypted data is just a case of deleting the encryption keys
  • 00:32:33 – How should customers choose where to run database applications?
  • 00:34:17 – There are many aspects to migrations – TCO, skills, regulation
  • 00:38:11 – Culture and people can be a challenge in migration
  • 00:41:08 – Wrap Up

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