The key to modern business is scale. All business is now e-business and the need to go from tracking thousands of accounts to millions has become the new leading edge of commerce. The ability to store and collate customer and internal data has never been more important, and MongoDB is designed to address this need in a revolutionary way.
MongoDB changes the way traditional databases collate and retrieve data. For more than 30 years, database management and storage has been done by relational tables, rows of columns that hold cells of information in a two-dimensional grid. While this is useful for quick retrieval of queries and highly efficient storage space, this method becomes clumsy and time consuming when translating these relational forms for use with modern object based programs.
Instead, the MongoDB records store information in documents, rather than in a two-dimensional table. This allows information relevant to each record to be stored and accessed, updated and modified without having to edit or recode the entire table’s structure. Thus, documents can contain information that is relevant to each record without effecting any other record within the database.
Using MongoDB is an excellent way to manage client profiles and user accounts, storing relevant data such as addresses and contact information. It can be used as a content management system, storing collections of varied content as a document rather than held in tables. These document records can be used to create form data from the information contained within it, adding or removing fields without compromising the record. Messages of various lengths can be stored without loss, not being limited to field size or format. Sequential log data and location data can be added to document records without having to add or delete columns and fields.
MongoDB fills a very specific need in the next generation of e-commerce. Scale must be met with innovation, and MongoDB ensures that competitive edge.