MongoDB launches Stitch, a new backend as a service, and brings Atlas to Azure and GCP

MongoDB is hosting its annual developer conference in Chicago this week and no good developer conference would be complete without a few product launches. MongoDB used today’s keynotes to announce an update to its Atlas managed database-as-a-service offering, which now also runs on Microsoft Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform, as well as two completely new products: Stitch, a new backend as a service (BaaS) tool that sits on top of the MongoDB database and helps developers stitch together different third-party services, and Mongo Charts, a new Tableau-like business intelligence service for charting information in MongoDB databases.

In many ways, Stitch marks MongoDB’s first foray outside of its core database services. As MongoDB CTO and co-founder Eliot Horowitz told me, the team realized that most of MongoDB’s users now write applications that use a combination of third-party services. Stitch allows developers to connect to these external services and easily pull the data from their APIs into its eponymous database. Ideally, this means that developers don’t have to build their own security and privacy controls, for example, and that they can focus on building their applications instead of integrating their applications with these services.
Stitch is launching with pre-built integrations with Google, Facebook, AWS, Twilio, Slack, MailGun and PubNow, though as Horowitz stressed, it’s easy enough for developers to integrate Stitch with any other service that offers a REST API.

Stitch is now available in public beta for MongoDB Atlas users. Pricing is currently based on the amount of data transfer developers need. Once Stitch comes out of beta, all MongoDB users will be able to use it under a similar pricing model and the company will also offer an on-premises version.

Atlas, MongoDB’s cloud database as a service, is not getting any new features today, but the company is now making it possible for its users to deploy the service on the Google Cloud…

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