Save time and money by eliminating some dev ops from your stack.
February 21, 2018

Save time and money by eliminating some dev ops from your stack.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Compose

We use IBM compose for our MongoDB database management for two products. One is an in-house tool and CRM and the other is a SaaS platform that we have developed. Compose takes the burden off of a small development team and has kept us from having to manage backups and data redundancies on our own. This allows us to focus more on development.

Pros

  • Compose has a great user interface and is easy to use overall.
  • Compose is fast to set up and make changes to overall architecture.
  • Compose's pricing is competitive.
  • Their support is quick and usually quite helpful.

Cons

  • The Data Browser in the MongoDB instances could be more flexible.
  • The Data Browser does not simplify complex queries or navigation of data.
  • It is easier to use the MongoDB shell and ssh into the data to make changes.
  • We haven't been able to measure specific numbers with any A/B testing
  • Compose has definitely saved me time as a developer of our web apps.
  • Compose has allowed us to get off the ground faster than if I had to set up and maintain the data myself.
I tried MLab and was not a fan of how the UI worked on their control panel. It felt outdated and cumbersome. They offered less backup solutions for the price point as well. In fact, you had to contact them with a ticket if you wanted access to a daily backup. Anything over that was an additional fee for backups. I was just overall not pleased with their price and service that they offered.

I also checked into MongoDB's own Atlas service at the time. It had some great features like automated backups and a better data browser than compose (along with integration with other MongoDB cloud products), but was out of our price range entirely. They have since introduced lower price points, however those tiers do not offer automatic backups.
If you don't want to spend time on dev ops or have the knowledge of how to maintain and service MongoDB in a production environment, I would suggest using a service like compose. Our time is very valuable as a small company and their service saves us plenty of time.

IBM Cloud Databases Feature Ratings

Automatic software patching
7
Database scalability
7
Automated backups
9
Database security provisions
8
Monitoring and metrics
5
Automatic host deployment
10

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