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MongoDB creator 10gen has decided to embrace the popular database it created and is officially changing its name to MongoDB, Inc. By sheer numbers, MongoDB is by all accounts the most widely used NoSQL database around, used to underpin many web and mobile applications from startups to very large enterprises.
Dwight Merriman, company co-founder and current chairman explained the decision in a statement:
“In 2007, 10gen began work on an open-source cloud computing stack. That was the birth of MongoDB, as the data layer of that platform. When we saw the potential for the database we had built we decided to focus 100 percent on MongoDB. Thus the company name 10gen and the database name MongoDB were different. With this change, our goal is to get the names back into alignment.”
Naming companies after open source projects, or vice versa, is nothing new, of course — especially when the technology is created and primarily developed by the company in question. MySQL, Gluster and fellow NoSQL startup Couchbase come to mind as examples. Still, it will be a little weird this late in the game to hear “MongoDB” and not know whether someone is talking about the company or the open source database.
That could mean a slight uptick in developer confusion to go along with a slight uptick in business. But, in the grand scheme of things, it’s really just a name change. Everything else appears to remain the same.