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Industry Software, Cloud Databases
Founded 2011
  • Will Shulman
  • Todd Dampier
  • Jared Cottrell
  • Angela Kung Shulman
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Area served
Products MongoDB-as-a-Service

MongoLab is a fully-managed cloud database service featuring highly-available MongoDB databases, automated backups, web-based tools, 24/7 monitoring, and expert support. MongoLab runs on all the major cloud providers, including Amazon, Google, Joyent, Rackspace and Windows Azure, and has partnered with all of the major Platform-as-a-Service providers to enable seamless integration with the application tier.

MongoLab is a product of ObjectLabs Corporation, a San Francisco-based cloud infrastructure company that was founded in late 2010 by former Merced Systems (acquired by NICE Systems) co-founder Will Shulman along with his colleagues Todd Dampier, Jared Cottrell, and Angela Kung Shulman. ObjectLabs was established to build software for software developers and IT professionals. MongoLab, its first creation, was developed under the belief that if MongoDB had existed even just 10 years prior, the vast majority of data used to drive modern web applications would be stored in MongoDB and not a relational database.

In May 2011, MongoLab secured $3 million in first-round funding from Foundry Group, Baseline Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Freestyle Capital and David Cohen. Later that year, MongoLab released its highly-available replica set cluster deployments and within a year of its first-round funding, MongoLab was selected by Under the Radar![1] as one of the industry’s most compelling startups to provide cutting-edge solutions. In October 2012, MongoLab received a follow-on investment of $5 million and shortly thereafter, MongoLab was named by Network World[2] as one of the 10 most useful cloud databases along with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud SQL, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and others.


MongoLab services 15 datacenters across the world

MongoLab's MongoDB-as-a-Service comes with the following key features and benefits.

Provisioning and scaling on-demand[edit]

Users can provision and scale single-node or multi-node cluster deployments on any of the five major cloud providers (Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Joyent, Rackspace, Google Cloud Platform) through MongoLab's web interface.


MongoLab automatically takes free system-level backups for all of the MongoDB deployments that it hosts. In addition, users can schedule backups with custom schedules into custom cloud storage containers (Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, etc.)

Continuous monitoring & alerting[edit]

MongoLab provides tools that monitor the health and performance of every server and cluster. In addition, MongoLab's plans integrate with MMS Monitoring, which collects and graphs historical key database and hosts metrics.

High availability[edit]

In addition to single-node databases, MongoLab offers multi-node, multi-zone Replica Set clusters with automatic failover for production applications with demanding uptime requirements.

Web-based management tools[edit]

MongoLab admin tools give users insight into their data and control over their database. Users can:

  • save and execute common searches with tabular data views and edit any document with a single click
  • view logs in real-time and retrieve previous days' logs as needed
  • monitor real-time performance graphs
  • optimize queries and indexes after examining slow query reports and MongoLab's index recommendations

Expert support[edit]

In addition to MongoLab's standard email support, higher-end production plan customers get premium support. This includes a 24x7 emergency support email as well as Commercial Support with one-hour SLA from MongoDB, Inc. MongoLab's partnership with MongoDB, Inc. provides users with priority access to MongoDB engineers and emergency patches.


MongoLab's partner ecosystem includes all of the major Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service providers as well as MongoDB, Inc.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Partners[edit]

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Partners[edit]

Database Partner[edit]

Open-source Initiative[edit]

MongoLab provides many of the in-house tools it uses to power MongoLab as open-source MongoDB tools at

Examples of a couple of these tools:

  • mongoctl[3] is a tool for managing MongoDB servers and clusters
  • Dex [4], the Index Bot, is a MongoDB performance tuning tool
  • flip-flop [5] is a MongoDB Replica Set demonstration and experimentation service

Further Reading[edit]


  1. ^ [1] MongoLab Presents at Under the Radar
  2. ^ [2] 10 of the most useful cloud databases
  3. ^ [[3]] mongoctl
  4. ^ [[4]] dex
  5. ^ [[5]] flip-flop

External Links[edit]

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