One of the best things about document databases is that they enable individual developers to build applications that require a database with little to no intervention from the internal IT department. That also turns out to be one of the worst things about document databases. As the number of document databases proliferates across the enterprise, it’s not too long before they start consuming large amounts of direct-attached storage on a server.
To help IT organizations consolidate that storage, MongoDB, the provider of the most widely used document database, and Kaminario have announced that the K2 storage arrays from Kaminario now have a driver for MongoDB databases.
Shai Maskit, director of product and solutions for Kaminario, says this capability will make it possible for IT organizations to more efficiently share access to all-Flash storage arrays.
“There’s a lot of SSD (solid-state disk) and HDD (hard disk drive) capacity directly attached to servers that is being wasted,” says Maskit.
There has also been a massive expansion in the types of relational and NoSQL databases, such as document databases from MongoDB, that IT organizations now have to support across the enterprise. Maskit says the Kaminario storage array gives IT organizations the flexibility needed to scale up or scale out storage as needed. In addition, Kaminario via support for REST application programming interfaces (APIs) makes it possible for multiple types of applications and databases to more easily share access to a common pool of data.
These days, most IT organizations are opting for a Flash First approach to primary storage. The challenge they face is figuring out how to economically make that Flash storage available to as broad a number of applications and databases as possible.