10gen gets more dough for MongoDB, this time from Intel and Red Hat

10gen, the company behind the popular MongoDB database, has netted an undisclosed amount of new money from blue chip investors Intel(s intc) and Red Hat(s rhat).

10Gen CEO Dwight Merriman would not comment on the amount of this strategic investment other than to say it’s “smaller than the last round.” But, he noted that the very fact that industry powers like Intel (s intc) and Red Hat (s rht) are backing MongoDB means, “NoSQL is not a niche, it’s going to be widely used.”

Regarding Intel’s investment, Merriman said that MongoDB and NoSQL are a big part of many cloud database efforts and that Intel cares very much about cloud infrastructure. With MongoDB’s traction, 10gen makes for a logical investment.

Indeed, MongoDB is used by many developers at established companies like Foursquare and Disney (s dis) and any number of one- and two-person shops. 10gen has more than 500 paying customers — a big chunk of which are large enterprises, Merriman said.  Half of 10gen’s customers are global 2000 customers, he said.

Red Hat, the leader in enterprise Linux, has partnered with 10gen for some time, said Ashesh Badani, general manager of the Cloud Business Unit and OpenShift at Red Hat. Red Hat has been supporting MongoDB in its OpenShift Platform as a Service.

This investment comes two months after another unspecified investment by In-Q-Tel. As Derrick Harris wrote at the time, that money added to the $73 million already raised, which included a $42 million round that closed last May.

It looks like the MongoDB ecosystem is hale and hearty, too. MongoLab, a cloud startup that offers fully managed versions of the MongoDB, recently raised $5 million