Upstart database MongoDB has reached its 2.6 release armed with technologies that its backing company says represent “a foundation for the next decade of database innovation.”
The 2.6 release of the NoSQL document-oriented database became generally available on Tuesday. With this version, the database’s eponymous steward MongoDB Inc. claimed in a blog post that “with comprehensive core server enhancements, a groundbreaking new automation tool, and critical enterprise features, MongoDB 2.6 is by far our biggest release ever.”
Before delving further into the release, it’s worth pointing out that MongoDB currently has database-wide write locking, which means the entire system can accept only a single write at a time. This is a bad thing, as it means if the database has a very high rate of access, then multiple concurrent writes end up being serialized. The company says it hopes to make “massive improvements to concurrency” in MongoDB 2.8, so admins keen to gain this capability will be waiting for a while longer.
As for the new features: MongoDB 2.6 has made improvements in “three main categories – operations, developer experience and enterprise suitability,” explained the company’s chief technology officer Eliot Horowitz in a chat with El Reg.