The past six months have been a whirlwind of activity at Couchbase and the pace just continues to accelerate, not just for Couchbase but for the NoSQL market as a whole. Since the merger of CouchOne and Membase in February, we’ve been hard at work to advance the state of NoSQL technology. To name a few things:

  • We made big performance improvements to CouchDB
  • We’ve issued several developer preview releases of our version of mobile Couch
  • We’ve added significant cluster management capabilities to Membase
  • We’ve just released the Developer Preview of Couchbase – the release that combines CouchDB and Membase into a single product

At our inaugural CouchConf user conference in San Francisco last month, it was incredible to feel the energy and enthusiasm of the Couch community and hear about the applications being built with these products. Based on the attendance at CouchConf, the number of case studies being generated, and the rapidly accelerating growth of our business, it is clear the Couch community is expanding very quickly and the momentum is building.

People outside the community have certainly noticed too, in particular venture capitalists. They recognize that NoSQL is not a fringe technology, but an industry that is growing fast and beginning to disrupt the relational database market. And they’ve noticed that leaders are emerging from the pack of NoSQL solution providers.

You may find talk about venture capitalists and news of company financings uninteresting; that’s quite understandable. After all, what does this have to do with the community and the products you use?  However, if nothing else, you can view major funding from top venture capitalists (like the round Couchbase just received) as an important vote of confidence. It is a vote of confidence that they believe the NoSQL industry is going to be big and that Couchbase and the Couch community will be leaders. Most importantly, it provides Couchbase with funds to accelerate the pace of product development, bring more Couch events and speakers to your local region, and generally expand the community throughout the world.

Couch momentum is building and people are taking notice. Thanks for helping build a great community. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.


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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