Whether your data is big or humongous, it has to work in the cloud – MongoDB chair (video)

30 Oct 2013

Dwight Merriman, chair and co-founder, MongoDB. Illustration by Think Visual

The name MongoDB stems from ‘humongous database’, but chair and co-founder Dwight Merriman says there are more sizes and shapes to data than just ‘big’.

The storage and accessibility of big data has impacted the way we interact with technology. If you’ve ever used an app, there was likely some sort of data stored from that interaction.

Cloud has long been a buzzword in tech and, six years ago, the MongoDB project began to address an open problem with the data layer. Traditional databases lacked cloud-friendly properties, such as scalability and ease of operation, and MongoDB set out to devise a system that could run everywhere and function well in a cloud environment.

Tomorrow at the Dublin Web Summit, Merriman will deliver a keynote address on the Cloud Stage, but today he gave us an insight into growing trends he sees in this sector.

The Irish Data Forum on 22 November in Dublin will examine the data revolution and how Ireland can be at its heart.

Illustration by Think Visual

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.