In the most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant report for cloud database management, one of their key points was that when selecting a cloud database platform, the primary metric that matters is the price performance. The core architecture of your business is the critical driver for price performance. This was a central component of our recent TCO-focused webinar.

Many customers come to Couchbase to replace outdated relational databases that were driving up their costs by dragging down the performance, flexibility, and scalability of their applications. Couchbase provides a distributed SQL++ JSON database for global applications that need high-performance read, write, replication, and synchronization of application data from the cloud, through the edge, to offline-first mobile devices. This memory-first architecture provides the foundation for over 30% of the Fortune 100 companies with mission-critical applications.

Multiple databases lead to data sprawl and management challenges

Previously, companies would implement multiple databases to resolve particular application problems and utilize specific features. For example:

    • Geolocation features need a search capability
    • Transactions using a relational database
    • In-memory speed with caching layer
    • User profile store and flexibility requiring a JSON document database
    • Streaming/analytics
Reality: Data Sprawl and Management Challenges

Reality: Data Sprawl and Management Challenges

Cobbling together multiple systems puts a significant burden on the shoulders of developers – with so many moving parts within the system, it creates a more complex architecture. Added complexity manifests itself as a dramatic increase in total ownership cost. In addition, with so many different applications and databases to manage, there are data replication challenges (often with three or more copies of the data), varying data models, and APIs/interfaces you’re dealing with.

When one problem arises within a single system, a ripple effect leads to support tickets needing to be filed with all of them. In turn, debugging costs skyrocket. This phenomenon has created a data sprawl, and Couchbase is the solution to this problem.

Benefits of switching to the Couchbase NoSQL database platform

What’s happening in the NoSQL space is consolidation. We hear similar complaints about high costs from businesses that moved to NoSQL for flexibility but ended up with a database that could have scaled better. 

After switching to Couchbase, both types of customers commonly report that they can lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) by over 50% while getting more features in a single system and limiting complexity.

Couchbase’s NoSQL database enables customers to:

    • Consolidate their data technologies to a single database to save money
    • Maximizing operations per dollar with superior scaling and performance
    • Use the flexibility of JSON to accelerate modernization and time to market
    • Reduce the efforts and costs of their operations
    • High-density storage engine can store 3x more data per node, 10x fewer servers, 4x higher throughput = do more for less

Using SQL as the foundation is intuitive for developers. It enables them to innovate more quickly. With Capella, there is less replication and data sprawl. The database scales more easily, and less time is spent maintaining it. These factors lead to lower operational costs as Couchbase takes care of it all for you.

Customer examples

There are numerous examples of Couchbase customers realizing the value of reduced TCO.

Facet Digital builds blazing-fast apps that maximize return on spend. Couchbase was the only DBaaS that checked all three boxes of cost, performance, and security that the company was looking for. Couchbase Capella helped slash Facet Digital’s development time from hours to minutes and costs – reducing the total cost of ownership by 50%.

Amadeus powers the travel industry’s most reliable customer experiences, boarding over 1.8 billion passengers annually. As the biggest processor of worldwide travel bookings, Amadeus manages a huge daily workload and has no room for service outages. The company uses Couchbase clusters and cross-datacenter replication (XDCR) in all its data centers to ensure high availability, resiliency, and a single source of truth for bookings. Amadeus achieved over 50% TCO savings and returned value on its investment in under 12 months.

Viber gained the scalable performance to process up to 15 billion daily calling and messaging events with Couchbase in a multi-layered AWS architecture. Couchbase updates user profiles in near-real time, delivering a responsive user experience. By replacing MongoDB™ and Redis with a single Couchbase database, Viber reduced the number of servers from 300 to 120 – a 60% reduction with massive cost savings.

To watch a replay of the webinar, click here. To learn more about why customers in every industry choose Couchbase check out our customer case study page or try our 30-day free trial of Couchbase Capella.

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Posted by Matt Spillar - Product Marketing Manager

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