Expanding ObjectRocket for MongoDB to AWS and GCP

Originally published in October 2020, at ObjectRocket.com/blog

The ObjectRocket Database-as-a-Service team proudly announced in 2020 Q4 that we’ve expanded support for our hosted MongoDB® offering into AWS® and GCP® clouds. This launch is extra special to us because when ObjectRocket Database-as-a-Service launched in 2012, it launched with MongoDB. MongoDB will always have a special place in our hearts and minds, so bringing this service to AWS, GCP, and soon Azure is a notable and significant expansion of the ObjectRocket platform.


What’s new?

​ The simple answer is everything! Roughly a year ago, we began our transition to an all-new Kubernetes®-based hosting platform, and with our MongoDB service, we started from scratch as well. We fully rebuilt the product on a Kubernetes operator of our own design, enabling several new features and paving the way for our next wave of enhancements. ​

Standard features

​ As with our existing MongoDB service, each cluster is available with: ​

  • Dedicated containers and MongoDB instances: The MongoDB instance is dedicated to you and never shared with other users.
  • Three-node replica sets: You always get three identical nodes in a replica set configuration, with automated failover for high-availability.
  • Automated compactions: Our platform automates the compaction of your data to ensure you’re optimally using your provisioned space.
  • Robust security: With every instance, you get TLS encryption, Access Control Lists, user authentication, isolated network namespaces, and encryption at rest.
  • Metrics dashboards: Access to instance metrics dashboards is available on all instances.
  • Automated backups with two-week retention: Backups are always included with your instance and operate automatically.
  • ObjectRocket support: It wouldn’t be ObjectRocket without access to 24x7 monitoring and support, backed by our team of engineers. ​

… With some new twists

​ You get all of the preceding features, but there are a few new capabilities if you look another layer down: ​

  • Client certificate authentication: Though password authentication is still available, we’ve added the ability to authenticate with client certificates to provide an extra layer of security for accessing your instance.
  • New DNS seed list connection strings: Our new instances use the mongodb+srv connection string format, which points to a DNS seed list. This new format provides additional resiliency, flexibility if the underlying instances change, and enables some new capabilities in the future.
  • More flexibility in compactions: Rather than a weekly window for compactions with a separate stepdown window, we now allow you to set cron-style compaction schedules. ​

Next stop: Sharding

​ An extremely important part of our existing product is our sharded clusters, and we want to bring that same feature to our new platform. Though we launched with replica sets only, we’ve already laid the groundwork and hope to release sharded clusters as an extension of that product very soon. ​ When we do launch sharded clusters, you can expect the same ease of use, flexibility, and support that we’ve always offered. ​


​ We’re now offering MongoDB versions 3.6, 4.0, and 4.2 clusters in AWS and GCP through our Private DBaaS offering. Rather than using shared infrastructure, Private DBaaS allows you to get a completely dedicated DBaaS cluster in almost any AWS or GCP region that you can use to host any and all of our hosted database services. Stay tuned for future updates on availability. If you have any questions about MongoDB product, our experts would be happy to help you. ​ You can find additional information on our web site, public documentation, or API docs.

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James Hong

James has always been interested in anything and everything technology since he was 5 years old. Started out with just exploring the internet and tinkering with computers during the dial-up era to learning programming in junior high and eventually graduating from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s in Computer Science. James is currently a Product Manager at ObjectRocket creating exciting new features for Redis and Elasticsearch.

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