When we announced the Membase and CouchOne merger, it was thrilling to see the community share our excitement about the merger, and provide such positive feedback about the potential of bringing the CouchDB and Membase NoSQL technologies together.

While great potential is a nice place to start, there is always the hard work involved in realizing that potential. Would we get so bogged down in integrating the two companies that everything would slow to a crawl? We recognized early on that if we weren’t careful, we’d become overly focused on internal issues and stop responding as urgently as we should to the community and customers.

And so, from day one, we have been very intentional about watchdogging where we focus our time. We have been maniacal about prioritizing community and customer needs at all times, to ensure the best possible experience with the open source NoSQL projects we support. We hope it shows, and we hope you’ve experienced firsthand our commitment to these principles as a merged organization.

One of the byproducts of our laser focus on community and customers has been our ability not just to maintain, but also accelerate momentum as a combined NoSQL company. We see that momentum in a couple of ways:

  • Downloads of our binary packages have increased substantially, suggesting a rapidly expanding community around Couchbase (and NoSQL overall).
  • Even with the distraction of a mid-quarter merger announcement, Couchbase added a record number of logos to our customer list and hit record quarterly sales. In fact, first quarter sales of our products and services exceeded our total 2010 sales.
  • An increasing number of customers are moving into production more quickly than ever, with a growing number of nodes per deployment. In addition to the many thousands of nodes running in production using the free Community Edition of our products, there are now over 2,200 nodes running in production using our paid Enterprise Editions.

We take great pride that so many companies have built their businesses on Couchbase technology and count on us to help keep things running.

We are committed to open source technology and look forward to forging a powerhouse NoSQL database company that builds on the strength of the community. Thank you all for contributing to our early success, and for helping us move toward delivering on the great promise of a merged Couchbase in an increasingly vibrant NoSQL market.


Posted by Bob Wiederhold

Bob served as President and CEO of Couchbase from 2010 to 2017. Until an acquisition by IBM in 2008, Bob served as chairman, CEO, and president of Transitive Corporation, the worldwide leader in cross-platform virtualization with over 20 million users. Previously, he was president and CEO of Tality Corporation, the worldwide leader in electronic design services, whose revenues and size grew to almost $200 million and had 1,500 worldwide employees. Bob held several executive general management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation company, which he joined in 1985 as an early stage start-up and helped to grow to more than $1.5 billion during his 13 years at the company. Bob also headed High Level Design Systems, a successful electronic design automation start-up that was acquired by Cadence in 1996.

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