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Amazon Web Services Declares War on MongoDB Using the Same Technology

Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of AWS DocumentDB, a database hosted in its cloud infrastructure, fully compatible with MongoDB, and that the company would have taken two years to develop from scratch.

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Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of AWS DocumentDB, a database hosted in its cloud infrastructure, fully compatible with MongoDB, and that the company would have taken two years to develop from scratch.

Under all the technologies that we use every day, from the most popular entertainment services to electronic administration platforms, there is an element that happens as essential for its proper functioning. They are the databases, a hidden market at first sight but a billionaire and essential in the digital era and in which numerous battles have taken place in recent times.

And is that, taking advantage of the migration of many companies to the cloud, the hegemonic dominator of the skies -Amazon Web Services- is declaring war on the former owners and masters of the databases. First put in the peephole Oracle – which in addition to its own BBDD also controls MySQL and other open source proposals – and now the target seems to be MongoDB.

This NoSQL database, especially document-oriented, is currently the most widely used in the world, with the permission of Cassandra. Free and open source, MongoDB also offers a managed version as a service -Atlas, launched in 2017- that has more than 6,000 paying customers.

And that business is what Amazon Web Services pursues with the launch of AWS DocumentDB, a database hosted in its cloud infrastructure and that the company would have taken two years to develop from scratch. Surprisingly this fact is surprising, since the company itself confirms that the system is fully compatible with MongoDB and even uses the open source API MongoDB 3.6, under the Apache 2.0 license.

Therefore, more than a technical improvement (although since AWS ensure that its version simplifies, orders and improves the scalability of the system), it seems to be a pure ‘copy and paste’ of MongoDB whose purpose is twofold. On the one hand, steal customers from the database managed by this project. The other is to protect AWS clients (and the multinational in turn) from the license changes that MongoDB is introducing in the market, with which it seeks to prevent Amazon or Microsoft Azure from using their databases without giving appropriate compensation.

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