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MongoDB on Windows Azure

Jul 19 • Posted 2 years ago

This post originally appeared on the Microsoft Interoperability Blog.  

Do you need to build a high-availability web application or service? One that can scale out quickly in response to fluctuating demand? Need to do complex queries against schema-free collections of rich objects? If you answer yes to any of those questions, MongoDB on Windows Azure is an approach you’ll want to look at closely.

People have been using MongoDB on Windows Azure for some time (for example), but recently the setup, deployment, and development experience has been streamlined by the release of the MongoDB Installer for Windows Azure. It’s now easier than ever to get started with MongoDB on Windows Azure!

MongoDB

MongoDB is a very popular NoSQL database that stores data in collections of BSON (binary JSON) objects. It is very easy to learn if you have JavaScript (or Node.js) experience, featuring a JavaScript interpreter shell for administrating databases, JSON syntax for data updates and queries, and JavaScript-based map/reduce operations on the server. It is also known for a simple but flexible replication architecture based on replica sets, as well as sharding capabilities for load balancing and high availability. MongoDB is used in many high-volume web sites including Craigslist, FourSquare, Shutterfly, The New York Times, MTV, and others.

If you’re new to MongoDB, the best way to get started is to jump right in and start playing with it. Follow the instructions for your operating system from the list of Quickstart guides on MongoDB.org, and within a couple of minutes you’ll have a live MongoDB installation ready to use on your local machine. Then you can go through the MongoDB.org tutorial to learn the basics of creating databases and collections, inserting and updating documents, querying your data, and other common operations.

MongoDB Installer for Windows Azure

The MongoDB Installer for Windows Azure is a command-line tool (Windows PowerShell script) that automates the provisioning and deployment of MongoDB replica sets on Windows Azure virtual machines. You just need to specify a few options such as the number of nodes and the DNS prefix, and the installer will provision virtual machines, deploy MongoDB to them, and configure a replica set.

Once you have a replica set deployed, you’re ready to build your application or service. The tutorial How to deploy a PHP application using MongoDB on Windows Azure takes you through the steps involved for a simple demo app, including the details of configuring and deploying your application as a cloud service in Windows Azure. If you’re a PHP developer who is new to MongoDB, you may want to also check out the MongoDB tutorial
on php.net
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Developer Choice

MongoDB is also supported by a wide array of programming languages, as you can see on the Drivers page of MongoDB.org. The example above is PHP-based, but if you’re a Node.js developer you can find a the tutorialNode.js Web Application with Storage on MongoDB over on the Developer Center, and for .NET developers looking to take advantage of MongoDB (either on Windows Azure or Windows), be sure to register for the free July 19 webinar that will cover the latest features of the MongoDB .NET driver in detail.

The team at Microsoft Open Technologies is looking forward to working closely with 10gen to continue to improve the MongoDB developer experience on Windows Azure going forward. We’ll keep you updated here as that collaboration continues!

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