Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Convincing IT to adopt MongoDb

Jason Carter of Nonlinear Creations and I had an interesting conversation at the Toronto Sitecore User Group about a commonly asked question by IT implementing Sitecore 7.5 and xDB.  Through some quick brainstorming we worked through some of the answers. Below is the results of our discussion.

Issues Raised:
  1. Issue: As a .NET shop, our IT staff do not have the know-how to secure, maintain and support this new technology what are our options?

    • Sitecore offers xDB in the cloud.  This hides the MongoDb implementation from you.  They handle licensing, its easy to set up with their wizard and you just pay a subscription.
    • Think about your PVR.  It probably runs linux or some other open source OS but you dont have to worry how it works you plug it in and it saves your shows and you can access them through an API or in most cases a cable that connects to your tv.
  2. Issue: As an open source product, is MongoDb secure?  Look what happened with OpenSSL.

    •  MongoDb is storing analytics collection information.  It is NOT storing creditcards or raw transations.  You are probably already using Google Analytics or other web based analytics.and MongoDb is just as secure.  Any collaborative metrics from CRM or financial transations are summarized in the SQL Server database NOT MongoDb which is only for collection.
    • jQuery/javascript is an open source technology that you use for front end.
    • Html is open source.

If you have other issues with or without reasoning let us know and we can see if we can help.

Thanks Jason for the awesome discussion, we hope to see more of these from you in the future.

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