UPDATED 12:00 EST / DECEMBER 03 2019


MongoDB Atlas adds more features for AWS users

Database company MongoDB Inc. today added more features and more security to its MongoDB Atlas service for Amazon Web Services Inc. users.

MongoDB Atlas is a fully managed cloud version of the company’s popular NoSQL database launched in 2016. It’s meant to eliminate most of the heavy lifting involved in getting the database up and running.

Designed for companies that simply want the database to do what it’s supposed to do, it handles all the complexity involved with deploying, managing and healing database deployments. The company today announced new integrations with MongoDB Atlas and Amazon’s CloudFormation and EventBridge services, which are aimed at making the database easier to use.

AWS CloudFormation is a service that helps users model and set up AWS resources so they can spend less time managing them and more time focusing on their applications. The integration with MongoDB Atlas helps to automate deployments by making it possible to provision, manage, and control Atlas configurations as code. Amazon EventBridge meanwhile, is a serverless event bus that makes it easy to connect applications together using data from third-party apps. With this integration, Atlas can now be added as an event source, with data being routed to additional Amazon services such as AWS Lambda.

On the security side, users are getting access to several new features. Customers will likely appreciate they can now connect to MongoDB Atlas via AWS PrivateLink, which is a private connection to Amazon’s cloud that doesn’t expose data to the public internet. In addition, MongoDB said Atlas is now integrated with AWS’s Single Sign-On service, which means users can log in just once using their security credentials, and later reuse those same credentials to log into other service providers.

MongoDB also said it’s making client-side, field-level encryption, previously available in beta, generally available to all users via the AWS Key Management Service. The feature allows users to selectively encrypt individual document fields with their own security key, thereby separating security from the database itself.

Atlas now supports X.509 client certificates, and with it “passwordless authentication” as well. X.509 certificates use the widely accepted international X.509 public key infrastructure standard to verify that a public key belongs to the user, computer or service identity contained within the certificate. Users will now have the option to issue and download these certificates through the Atlas user interface, the company said.

Finally, MongoDB said it’s adding new features to its Atlas Data Lake service for AWS, which is currently in beta test mode and allows users to query data in any format on Amazon S3 using the MongoDB Query Language. Now, users will be able to leverage the results of queries on Amazon S3 in the Atlas database and vice versa.

In short, the company said, this is a step toward simplifying data movement between the operational database and “offline” storage, making invisible to users and applications what has involved time-consuming and resource-intensive “extract/transform/load” data procedures.

Photo: MongoDB

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