High Performance With Distributed Caching: Choosing the Right Solution

3 ways Couchbase outperforms other caching solutions

You've started with a cache, but it won't end there


The requirements of a good caching layer are simplicity and low latency. But serving up data faster from your relational database is only one step toward creating a sustainable and comprehensive solution. Couchbase grows with you to handle more than just caching.


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Source of truth

Once you’re caching your JSON data with Couchbase, you can then start to manage your data in new ways without having to use other database products. As your source of truth solution, Couchbase delivers the extremely high levels of durability and reliability required to serve up critical data from multiple sources to your applications. You can use Couchbase to centralize and query your datasets at the same time it’s serving as your cache.

System of record

Maintaining disparate systems for caching, source of truth, and system of record is not a sustainable strategy as your needs grow. Couchbase can readily serve as the authoritative operational datastore you need because it provides the high level of performance and stability your systems of record require. Key features include SQL-like queries, text searches, and deep SQL++ analytics across a range of internal sources.

Core caching features for developing high-performance applications that scale

Develop with agility


Redis Memcached Oracle Coherence
JSON support
Sub-document access
Real-time analytics
Perform at any scale


Redis Memcached Oracle Coherence
Secondary indexing
Multi-dimensional scaling for workload isolation
Manage with ease


Redis Memcached Oracle Coherence
Cross datacenter replication (XDCR)
Container/cloud native
High-availability replication and failover

Why enterprises choose Couchbase for their caching solutions

LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, has 630M+ members and uses Couchbase for website reliability monitoring. They cache over 8M real-time metrics (12TB+ of data), loading 16M entries into Couchbase every 5 minutes. All in-memory storage in the LinkedIn datacenter is done by Couchbase.

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Concur, a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions (SaaS application), replaced an expensive and hard-to-scale homegrown cache with Couchbase. The result was dramatically faster, more flexible, and easier scalability, plus a 20% performance improvement. Couchbase supports 1B ops per day.

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eBay, the world’s largest online auction marketplace, deploys Couchbase for multiple use cases (as cache and database). In one case, Couchbase is used to cache authentication tokens (100M+ per day) to ensure session validity. Couchbase delivers 300K+ reads/sec and 25K writes/sec on a single server.

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