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Open-source MongoDB alternative

1-20 employees
  • B2C
  • Retail
  • B2B
  • Enterprise
  • SaaS
  • DevOps

Company mission

To enable the open source community and developers to reap the benefits of easy to use document databases, while staying away from vendor lock-in, and fauxpen licenses.

Otta's take

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Sam Franklin

CEO of Otta

MongoDB is a life-changing technology for many developers, empowering them to build applications faster than using relational databases. However, the platform is no longer purely open-source, requiring developers to hold a constraining SSPL license. FerretDB was therefore created to be a ‘true’ open-source alternative.

The core of FerretDB’s solution is a stateless proxy, which converts MongoDB protocol queries to SQL, and uses PostgreSQL as a database engine. This will be compatible with MongoDB drivers, and should work as a drop-in replacement to MongoDB in many cases.

The company is building out greater and greater functionality for FerretDB. That will mean an expanded product team as well as close collaboration with the growing community of developers relying on the open-source technology.


  • 20 workdays (4 calendar weeks) of vacation per year
  • Equipment allowance
  • Stock options grant or equivalent
  • 10 holiday days per year

Company values

  • Open-source


Peter Farkas

(CEO & Co-founder)

Spent the majority of career in Open Source, particularly in the database and Big Data fields at companies like Percona and Cloudera. During their time at Percona, they played a key role in building Percona Support, which quickly became a reference point in the industry in terms of service quality and excellence in Enterprise Open Source database software support. Peter holds a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Buckingham.

Alexey Palazhchenko

(CTO & Co-founder)

Spent the last ten years working with Go in different jobs, organizing Go meetups and conferences, and making podcasts. At Percona, they led the development and architecture efforts of Percona Monitoring and Management – a best-of-breed open-source database monitoring solution. Previously worked on many things ranging from operating systems and industrial internet of things appliances to large distributed systems – all in Go.

Peter Zaitsev


Currently CEO of Percona. As a serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where they majored in Computer Science. Peter is a co-author of High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance.