Press Release

Couchbase and Elasticsearch Announce Plug-in for Couchbase Server 2.0

February 25, 2013
NoSQL Leader and Real-Time Search and Analytics Company Offer Combined Solution to Build Richer and More Powerful Applications

Mountain View, Calif. – February 25, 2013 – Couchbase, Inc., a leader in NoSQL database technology and the company behind the Couchbase open source project, and Elasticsearch, the company behind the popular real-time search and analytics open source project, today announced the release of Couchbase Server Plug-in for Elasticsearch. With the new plug-in, Couchbase users can incorporate search, relevance-based queries using boosting and faceted analytics, and other capabilities that enable a growing class of applications that require the ability to manage and serve a variety of content or aggregate and use data from third parties such as Facebook and Twitter.


The new plug-in continuously streams data between Couchbase Server 2.0 and Elasticsearch, combining the indexing, querying and real-time analytics of Couchbase with the real-time search capabilities of Elasticsearch for richer more powerful applications. Specific features include:

  • Continuous real-time replication:  The plug-in continuously transfers data to Elasticsearch after data is written to disk on Couchbase. The search index on the Elasticsearch cluster is always kept up to date with the data in Couchbase.
  • Topology aware: The plug-in is cluster-topology aware. If a Couchbase node or Elasticsearch server goes down, or if new servers are added, the updated cluster topology information is obtained and replication continues to the available servers in the destination cluster.
  • Efficient recovery from network failures: The plug-in tracks the state of what data is replicated from Couchbase to Elasticsearch. If data transfer is interrupted due to intermittent network connection failures, it can pick up where it left off. 

Supporting Quotes:

  • “We are excited to extend the capabilities of Couchbase Server 2.0 with our new plug-in for Elasticsearch and the benefits it brings to customers with content-driven applications. Partnering with Elasticsearch greatly complements Couchbase’s easy scalability, consistent high performance, and always-on capabilities, and provides an even more powerful set of features for developers building interactive web and mobile applications.” – Bob Wiederhold, President and CEO of Couchbase
  • “We view search as the simplest way to explore data. We are thrilled to enable Couchbase users to easily hook data from Couchbase to Elasticsearch, and expose the power of unstructured and structured search and analytics capabilities.” – Steven Schuurman, CEO of Elasticsearch
  • “At McGraw Hill Education we are pioneering new ways of teaching and learning with digital technologies using new approaches. NoSQL database technology, and in particular Couchbase, fits well with our vision. As a document database, Couchbase Server 2.0 provides a flexible data model on which we can develop content-rich, highly dynamic applications. The Couchbase Plug-in for Elasticsearch extends this flexibility even further, allowing users to build self-adapting interactive applications using Couchbase and Elasticsearch together.” – Chris Tse, Director of McGraw Hill Education Labs


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About Couchbase Open Source Project

The Couchbase Open Source Project is a leading NoSQL database project, with a vibrant community focused on developing distributed database technology that supports both key-value and document-oriented use cases. All Couchbase technology components are available under the Apache 2.0 License, and may also be obtained as packaged software from Couchbase, Inc. in both enterprise and community editions.

About Elasticsearch

Elasticsearch is on a mission to organize data and make it easily accessible. We deliver the world’s the most advanced open source search and analytics engine available and make real-time data exploration available to anyone. By having a laser focus on achieving the best user experience imaginable, Elasticsearch has become one of the most popular and rapidly growing open source solutions in the market. Today, Elasticsearch is used by thousands of enterprises in virtually every industry. We take good care of our customers and users, providing production support, development support and training worldwide. To learn more, visit


About Couchbase

Couchbase's mission is to be the data platform that revolutionizes digital innovation. To make this possible, Couchbase created the world's first Engagement Database to help deliver ever-richer and ever more personalized customer and employee experiences. Built with the most powerful NoSQL technology, the Couchbase Data Platform was architected on top of an open source foundation for the massively interactive enterprise. Our geo-distributed Engagement Database provides unmatched developer agility and manageability, as well as unparalleled performance at any scale, from any cloud to the edge.

Couchbase has become pervasive in our everyday lives; our customers include industry leaders Amadeus, AT&T, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Carrefour, Cisco, Comcast, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, eBay, Marriott, Neiman Marcus, Tesco, Tommy Hilfiger, United, Verizon, Wells Fargo, as well as hundreds of other household names. For more information, visit


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