Organizations around the world, no matter if they are large enterprises, medium or small companies, or government entities, all use databases to support strategic applications and store critical data. Usage of NoSQL databases, such as Couchbase, is increasing dramatically, whether deployed as fully managed Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) or self managed. The reasons why enterprises are looking at Couchbase for their strategic initiatives are multiple, for example, flexibility in how to store data, improved performance, and great support for web, mobile and IoT applications with ability to operate at any scale.

However, the Couchbase databases are not operating in silos, therefore synchronizing data in real-time with existing relational databases or other NoSQL databases becomes indispensable. This is what the MOLO17 GlueSync data integration platform brings to the table. GlueSync offers a safe, smooth path to Couchbase for data offloading, caching, analytics, data lake migration or new data-intensive applications. Here are 5 reasons why organizations should consider using GlueSync for their data modernization initiatives.

Reason #1: Bi-directional Synchronization

GlueSync guarantees real-time bi-directional synchronization with conflict resolution between most popular relational databases and Couchbase.

While providing CDC or Change Data Capture (the ability to capture just what has changed on a database since the last check and then send only those updates to the target database), GlueSync allows you to keep critical systems synchronized. Typically, GlueSync starts with replicating data in real-time from a relational database (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, etc.) to Couchbase. However, if data is then added or updated in Couchbase, GlueSync can move the modified data back to the relational database, implementing a true bi-directional replication.

Additionally, the GlueSync engine ensures consistency and keeps your Couchbase Mobile infrastructure conflict-free thanks to its unique design. MOLO17’s deep understanding of Couchbase Mobile and Sync Gateway enabled the development team to design GlueSync around both Mobile and Server use cases handling bi-directional synchronization. The bi-directional feature can easily be enabled or disabled during configuration.

Reason #2: Superior Performance

GlueSync makes use of native Couchbase SDKs and best practices learned from 10+ years of working with Couchbase Server and Couchbase Mobile infrastructure in the field. Leveraging Couchbase Eventing is a unique value proposition when it comes to performing CDC from a Couchbase bucket. The gained benefits of GlueSync’s unique architecture are isolated workload, automatic deployment and lifecycle management, low footprint and multidimensional scaling.

Reason #3: Support for Nested Documents

Data transformation (also called data modeling) is a key part of the data replication process where data is converted from the format of a source database into the desired format of a destination database. This important process is highly requested particularly when it comes to perform replications from a relational database to a NoSQL JSON-based database like Couchbase.

In this case, you might need to map multiple source tables into a single JSON document reflecting your application needs. GlueSync not only supports SQL query statements, but also allows for an advanced data modeling structure letting you define how objects that belong to source tables should be represented in a target JSON document. You have total freedom over how to nest and aggregate JSON dictionaries and arrays.

Reason #4: Deployment, Scalability and Reliability

GlueSync runs on Linux, Unix, Windows and Mac OS. It is distributed as a containerized application with a Kubernetes manifest file that allows GlueSync to run in Kubernetes environments. It can also run in Red Hat OpenShift.

While ensuring transaction consistency and resiliency, GlueSync can scale seamlessly. Thanks to its containerized-first approach, it is capable of spreading the load on multiple threads and across nodes of your infrastructure: GlueSync can move any size of data.

Whether you are used to the Prometheus monitoring system or looking for detailed logging, GlueSync has you covered. Alerting features can be customized via customizable traps as well as via email.

Reason #5: Total Cost of Ownership

When deploying Couchbase, whether in the cloud or on premise, you most likely will need to ingest data in real time from relational databases, other NoSQL databases or other platforms. Failing to integrate your Couchbase platform with existing databases can create difficulty in achieving your goals. A solution that implements real-time data replication and change data capture, like GlueSync, allows you to share data quickly, easily, and automatically.

GlueSync, among the off-the-shelf software products, is the only one that uses the Couchbase Java SDK to interact with Couchbase Capella and Couchbase Server, so the real alternative to using GlueSync is a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. It is important to consider the low total cost of ownership (TCO) of GlueSync versus DIY. Using GlueSync requires a limited investment while providing flexibility, performance, and scalability. Plus, GlueSync can be quickly implemented and deployed, which reduces the cost of the entire integration process.

Leveraging GlueSync avoids the need for costly consulting and custom coding. All these factors allow you to optimize development resources so that your staff can focus on more strategic development projects. GlueSync, once installed and configured, is ready to go, offering accelerated deployment and a faster time to market compared to a real time integration solution developed in-house that will require, between implementation and maintenance, close to one year of one developer’s time.


Posted by Giacomo Lorenzin

Giacomo is Executive Vice President, Head of North America Operations at MOLO17.

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