MongoDB adds paid support for its free software

By offering users of its free software the same support it offers users of its paid software, MongoDB is actually making a pretty bold statement. As competitors encroach on its turf and IPO demands ramp up, the company is doubling down on its open source foundation.

Even Palantir can’t ignore the cult of simplicity

Palantir has a customer base that pays for results, but the company nonetheless attributes puts a lot of effort into user experience. In June, it re-architected its database simplicity in mind; on Thursday, it acquired a startup doing drag-and-drop mobile app development.

MongoDB rolls out major upgrades to its popular NoSQL database

MongoDB has released version 2.6 of its eponymous NoSQL database, complete with some significant new capabilities around monitoring and management, search, indexing, performance and pipelines. The company (formerly known as 10gen) pretty clearly has the most widely used NoSQL database — especially among web developers — so now the push is to make it more palatable for large enterprises and other users who’ll actually pay for it. MongoDB looks like the one NoSQL startup poised for an IPO at some point, and a more-mature product could help shore up revenue to get investors excited.

Teradata says Hadoop is good for business — but for how long?

Teradata announced a new set of features and products on Monday that should improve its position as a go-to analytics vendor even in an age of Hadoop. But as open sources technologies evolve, Teradata might face a challenge to attract new users.

Twitter details its Manhattan real-time database

Twitter has released some details on its Manhattan database system, which was built to power a wide variety of applications that existing technologies can no longer handle. Twitter handles thousands of tweets per second, which means speed and scale are critical.