Digitalocean introduces managed MongoDB service

Interesting news from DO:

Have not really looked into the details about what their value proposition might be against Mongo’s own Atlas. But competition is certainly beneficial for us all.

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This is quite interesting, Mongo changed their license agreement a few years back to prevent this (at least on their community edition) - pretty much because of AWS’ DocumentDB. Nice to see some alternatives are still being allowed through - pretty competitive pricing too from what I can see.

According to the blog post, DO’s service is “built in partnership with and certified by MongoDB Inc.” So I guess it all comes down to whether or not you’re willing to share revenue with MongoDB Inc or not. DO is and AWS was not.

Although, if I recall correctly, one issue that Mongo cited when explaining their license change was that AWS was using their product to build out DocumentDB, but did not contribute their own new code back upstream to Mongo. So perhaps this was a reason as well.


That’s why I’m surprised their pricing is so competitive, if they’re kicking some back up to Mongo, where Atlas (presumably) does not have to.

Question is, does it provide Oplog?

1 GB with 2 replica costs 45 USD while 2GB on Atlas costs 60 USD. It is true, in DigitalOcean you get an option for 1GB but I do not see how the pricing is competitive.

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I guess it depends on how much the 2 gb on do is

The main difference between MongoDB and DO is that with MongoDB you also pay for data transfer and storage!. Example:

10 GB
2 GB
2 vCPUs

looks like it will cost you $57.6/month, but that amount will at the very least double.

So that will probably make DO about 30% cheaper