Kurt Mackey

Articles by Kurt Mackey

Kurt Mackey is a founder and CEO of Compose. He previously wrote and managed infrastructure for Ars Technica. Current inventory includes 4 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat, 3 chickens, and 1 venus flytrap.

Compose Is Joining IBM

Today we are excited to announce that Compose is joining IBM. As founders, it was the biggest and most important decision we've ever had to make — much more difficult than we ever would have guessed back when we only dreamed of having a successful co…

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MongoHQ Is Now Compose, & Launching Elasticsearch

As you can probably tell, we've made a big change — our company is now called Compose. We've spent the last 5 years helping customers solve complex data problems, and it's become increasingly common for applications to need multiple database technolo…

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MongoDB Elastic Deployments Now Available in Oregon

We have finally completed Oregon Trail (been trying since 5th grade). We're celebrating by launching Elastic Deployments optimized for use in the AWS us-west-2 datacenter. If you have a production, MongoDB backed application you want to run on the w…

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MongoDB Elastic Deployments Now in Beta on DigitalOcean

Running your application on DigitalOcean? Now you can take advantage of the blazing fast SSDs and autoscaling that you get with MongoHQ’s Elastic Deployments. DigitalOcean is by far our most requested datacenter provider, and we are happy to announc…

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Elastic Deployments Now Available in Australia

G'day Australia! We would like to let you all know that our Elastic Deployments are now available in Sydney. These represent the best in hosted MongoDB - SSD-backed replica sets that autoscale as your data grows, for a flat price of $18USD/GB/mo. We…

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How MongoHQ Uses HipChat to Connect a Distributed Team

This blog post is republished from the HipChat blog, co-authored by Elena Gorman. Since its conception MongoHQ has grown from a 2-person start-up to a 24 person company. The staff is absolutely multi-locational, with people in California, Alabama, Ut…

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How We Scale MongoDB

We recently launched Elastic Deployments for MongoDB, which represent the best method we've found for scaling customers' MongoDB datasets appropriately. The word "appropriate" is, well, appropriate when considering scaling. A 10GB MongoDB dataset has…

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Making Remote Work Work: An Adventure in Time & Space

MongoHQ is a distributed company, with 21 employees scattered across California, Alabama, Utah, Windsor Ontario, Quebec, and London. This isn't rare, by any means, and is becoming more common as technology corporations evolve ... particularly when th…

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There's Always Money in the <del>Banana Stand</del> MongoDB Oplog

... make sure you don't burn it down. Anyone who's ever done much work with databases has experienced the "oh shit" moment where data goes missing, or appears corrupt, and there's really no obvious reason why. We, as a company, are morally opposed to…

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Schema-Less Is (Usually) a Lie

People are fond of categorizing trendy database engines by what they're not ... "schema-less" is just one example. Overly broad, negative definitions are not the most helpful thing in the world (my whiteboard is technically schema-less and NoSQL). "S…

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