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We are providing a recap of some of the exciting sessions and announcements that were made at MongoDB World 2016. If you couldn’t attend MongoDB World 2016 or were stuck in meetings during some key presentations, you can still catch up on some of what you missed.

Ross Mauri, GM of zSystem and LinuxONE at IBM

Mr. Mauri began his keynote voicing his excitement for the digital transformation that is occurring and the trends that are driving it. He sees a tremendous opportunity to leverage mobile, social, analytics, and big data to not just deliver value, but also to shake up entire industries.

IBM, of course, has been around almost forever. They were founded in 1911, and in the last 105 years, they have changed quite a bit. Today, Mr. Mauri explains, IBM is based on 4 main tenets:

1. Cognitive Solutions: Machine learning will change industries, change businesses, and change society. IBM’s goal is to be at the center of that change.

2. Industry Context: Cognitive becomes very useful when it is directed at specific industries. Healthcare, as an example, is an area where IBM is very focused.

3. Cloud Platforms: IBM’s systems are completely cloud enabled for the present and the future.

4. Company Agility: IBM used to be the big blue elephant – big and slow, but with a long memory. IBM has transformed how they work. Agile is not just how IBM develops software, but how the entire organization works.

IBM Is Dedicated to Open Source

IBM has been committed to the open source community for decades. In 2000, IBM helped form Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) in part to enable the enterprise to take advantage of Linux and open software. Ross Mauri was the first Chairman of OSDL.

OSDL has since morphed into The Linux Foundation. While Mr. Mauri has been on board since the beginning, IBM has 60,000 employees currently contributing and participating in over 150 open source projects.

In 2013, IBM took their commitment to the open source community even further. They founded the OpenPOWER Foundation, which opens up the POWER processor architecture to allow organizations to build their own systems based on IBM’s industry-leading CPU.

IBM Power Systems, LinuxONE, and Critical Partners

IBM has broken down their system lineup into two primary categories: Power Systems and LinuxONE.

Power Systems delivers industry-leading servers for cognitive, cloud, and mobile applications. All based on open technology of the POWER8 and eventually POWER9 processors.

LinuxONE is built on IBM zSystems. These servers include the world’s fastest processor, massive I/O throughput, and huge amounts of RAM. The systems are designed to run mission-critical applications and workloads. They offer industry-leading availability, performance, and security. IBM refers to LinuxONE as Linux Without Limits / Linux Without Risks.


Massive Scale-Out and Scale-Up of MongoDB


To test the limits of what MongoDB running on IBM LinuxONE could do, IBM performed a test. They built the demonstration on the trade transactions from the S&P 500.

The IBM LinuxONE server running MongoDB took S&P 500 trade information as it happened, in real-time. The system then went out to gather stock sentiment analysis from Twitter and other social feeds and combined it with news from around the world. The massive amount of data was then analyzed using Spark and other tools.

Their demonstration is impressive. The database scales form 50GB to 2TB seamlessly. 4000x scale-up with constant 5ms response time. Then IBM tried scaling-out the system. They used a MEAN stack workload, running multiple logical MongoDB nodes. The database grew to 4 billion documents and 470,000 reads/writes a sec.

In both the scale-out and scale-up examples, the system was capturing 30 billion web events per day.

Mr. Mauri went on to discuss some unique test cases. One included a company that seeks to bring massive computing power to start-ups. Another is an educational organization that must handle at least 1 million concurrent users on one system running a single instance of MongoDB.


FREE IBM Power Computing Resources

At the end of the presentation, Mr. Mauri invited everyone to take LinuxONE or POWER8 for a test drive—for FREE! And you can run the Linux distribution of your choice too.

You can test drive an IBM LinuxONE for 120 days. The trial includes up to 2 virtual CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 40GB of storage. You can check it out at the IBM LinuxONE Community Cloud here.

You can power up a jumbo POWER8 server on SoftLayer free for 30 days. You get a POWER8 C812L-SSD server loaded with 10 cores, 3.49GHz, 512GB RAM, and 2x960GB SSDs. The free 30-day trial is valued at over $2,000.

To get your free trial, you can visit IBM’s SoftLayer Blog here. The trial ends on September 30, 2016. One important point is that the trial is for a calendar month. Register on or close to the first of the month as possible. If you register on August 20th, for example. Your trial will only last 10 days.


Recap of the MongoDB World 2016 Keynote

You can view an entire recap of Ross Mauri’s 2016 keynote address here. The S&P 500 demonstration is discussed beginning at the 7 minute and 40 second mark.

There is also a slide share presentation from the conference that dives deeper into the technical details of MongoDB on IBM LinuxONE. That was presented by Mohammed Abdirashid and can be seen here.

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Written by Steve Erickson