Today is, without question, one of the most exciting days of my career – in the top 3 for sure. It is difficult to imagine a marriage of technologies and cultures more right than the merger of Membase and CouchOne. Couchbase, the resulting company and product family, combines the industry’s leading caching and clustering technologies (powering 18 of the world’s top 20 websites and tens of thousands of others) with the most reliable and full-featured document database (with millions of installations worldwide). The result is, by a very wide margin, the fastest, safest and most comprehensive NoSQL database available.

But this wasn’t our idea – it was yours! The twitterverse and blogosphere is peppered with comments like


“Membase absolutely rocks, just missing query”

and (I’m not making this up kids!)

“Can someone please combine Membase and Couch?”

OK, you got it. Please send more good ideas! : )

The remarkable fit transcends technology alone. The cultural fit between teams is hand in glove. We are maniacally focused on building amazing technology and products that delight our users. We’re intensely competitive. And we value, more than anything else, the trust we’ve earned from customers who are managing their mission critical data with our systems. The last two months of joint integration planning have made it clear to me that we’ve assembled a rare and very talented group of people.

For Membase users, the future is very bright. Membase will continue as our flagship product offering. And without sacrificing the simple, fast, elastic experience you’ve come to know and love from Membase, you’ll soon gain the ability to index and query the data you’ve stored, leverage real-time map-reduce, deploy across data centers, and to benefit from a comprehensive product family spanning device to desktop to datacenter.

And completely unique in the industry, you’ll be able to synchronize subsets of your server-side data to transiently-connected mobile handsets running native apps. Imagine a web application serving millions of users. Membase provides high-performance, concurrent access to data by the web application. Now imagine a native iPhone application providing a mobile version of that application. Mobile Couchbase will offer core data management services for that application, while on- or offline. CouchSync technology will automatically maintain synchronization of the data between systems. Effortlessly.

There’s plenty of information available, and we’ll obviously have much more to say as our plans unfold. But suffice it to say, 2011 is going to be a hell of a year for NoSQL and Couchbase.

Couchbase – Two great tastes that taste great together!


Posted by James Phillips

James Phillips is a co-founder, CEO, CSO at Couchbase. James Phillips has more than 20 years of software industry experience. James started his career writing software for the Apple II and TRS-80 microcomputer platforms.

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