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Database Month! 10gen CTO Eliot Horowitz, MongoDB: Scalable & Agile Document DB

MongoDB: The Scalable and Agile Document Database

presented by:
Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder of 10gen (MongoDB)

A Database Month event:

The database landscape is evolving as new, scalable data stores emerge. Key value stores, large tabular stores, and document-oriented databases offer a compelling alternative to the traditional relational database. By changing the data model and removing joins, this new class of non-relational or "NoSQL" solutions gain the ability to scale horizontally. In addition, NoSQL solutions offer interesting alternatives to the traditional relational data model.

MongoDB - from "humongous" - is an open source, document-oriented database designed with scalability and flexibility in mind. The architecture of MongoDB is as interesting as its applications - blending ideas from RDBMSes, key/value stores, and large distributed systems like BigTable, in addition to employing some unique innovations of its own. In this talk we'll describe and discuss MongoDB's data format - BSON, the insert path, the query optimizer, auto-sharding, replication, and more.

Eliot Horowitz is CTO of 10gen, the company that sponsors the open source MongoDB project. Eliot is one of the core MongoDB kernel committers. Eliot is also the co-founder and chief scientist of ShopWiki. In January 2005, he began developing the crawling and data extraction algorithm that is the core of ShopWiki's innovative technology. Eliot has quickly become one of Silicon Alley's up and coming entrepreneurs, having been selected as one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under Age 25 in 2006. Prior to ShopWiki, Eliot was a software developer in the R&D group at DoubleClick. Eliot received a B.S. in Computer Science from Brown University.

Event video will be broadcast live over the GoChat VideoChat! on

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Power-Networking at 6:30pm
Presentation starts at 6:45pm

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  • Eric David B.

    Event video in HD at:

    July 11, 2012

  • Anni

    Extremely informative and well-presented talk by Elliot Horowitz. Very decent of Elliot to show up given his horrid code!

    January 25, 2012

  • Britt

    Very informative session. Great appreciation to Eliot particularly given that he was under the weather. Learned a ton about Mongo and he certainly demonstrated his knowledge and passion about the product.

    January 21, 2012

  • Alan S.

    Eliot's talk was information-packed. I learned about what makes MongoDB unique. I also won a copy of "The Little MongoDB Book," a nice bonus.

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Knowledgeable guy.

    January 20, 2012

  • Vitaliy F.

    Presentation was good but nothing new learned about MongoDB.

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation, great speaker, great venue!

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative. Covered MongoDb features, raison d'etre and its relevance to today's web-oriented computing needs.

    January 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Relevant. Great overview. High level speaker. Good venue.

    January 20, 2012

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