Congratulations to our newest Couchbase Community Champion, Tom Coates who hails from Seattle.


Tell us about yourself and what you do in your daily role?

I’m a Sr. Principal Architect at Nuance Communications (formerly Varolii Corp.) working on their Enterprise Proactive Engagement team. My day is split about 50/50 between system design and coding.

Where are you based and what do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m based in Seattle, WA and spend my free time reading, camping, fishing, and snowboarding.

What made you choose Couchbase?

I chose Couchbase for a number of reasons including scalability and ease of use, but it was the bi-directional XDCR that was the real deciding feature.

What have you accomplished using Couchbase?

We’ve re-architected our entire monolithic platform into a suite of RESTful services that are largely backed by Couchbase. We’re currently capable of an order of magnitude more throughput than our previous platform, with a smaller overall footprint.

What one feature of Couchbase do you use and what should people know about it?

Again, XDCR. I don’t know how often it’s used elsewhere but it’s so reliable and easy to use that it’s almost become an afterthought for us that our data will be in multiple data centers with extremely low latency. This was such a huge problem with other data stores – it’s amazing how simple it is now.

If you could have three wishes for Couchbase what would they be?

  • Automatic high availability of GSIs

  • Rebalancing of GSIs

  • MOIs and standard GSIs on the same cluster

What is your favorite book or author, and why?

Tough one … I’ll go with “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher. A great escapism series that I couldn’t put down; with a flawed hero and a ton of humor.


Posted by Laura Czajkowski, Developer Community Manager, Couchbase

Laura Czajkowski is the Snr. Developer Community Manager at Couchbase overseeing the community. She’s responsible for our monthly developer newsletter.

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