How is MongoDB different from SQL database solutions?
Flexible data structure. It organises data in schemaless documents that can have dynamic structures instead of the restrictive static structures (i.e. tables) used in SQL databases. This ability to quickly adapt to changing data structure requirements supports agile growth strategies, for instance rolling out new features.
Scalability. MongoDB can accommodate growing traffic by sharding, i.e. adding more servers to a NoSQL database. This is also called horizontal scaling which creates more capacity than vertical scaling (increasing an SQL database server’s RAM or CPU).
Performance. NoSQL databases require less processing and thus produce faster query results. That’s because, unlike SQL databases, they don’t need to combine data from multiple tables to resolve a query; everything is already in one document.
These characteristics make MongoDB a good option for applications that need to manage large amounts of unstructured data from multiple servers. This includes big data applications, content management systems, and fast-growing e-commerce platforms.
Founded in 2007, MongoDB has a huge community of developers. According to Statista it is the most popular NoSQL database solution in 2021.
CobbleWeb started using MongoDB instead of MySQL as a database solution for its marketplace clients for a number of reasons:
Our client FanPass, for instance, used a search engine built with MySQL to filter and return queries for sport and other social events. When their marketplace grew rapidly and a higher number of users started looking for more events with multiple filters the search feature crashed. The solution was to switch to MongoDB which could handle the high number of filtered queries.
We applied the same approach to Care Connect’s healthcare job marketplace, which utilised more than twenty search filters. MongoDB was also the better option to handle the various queries in their analytics dashboard.
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