Press Release

NorthScale (now Couchbase) Updates Market-Leading Memcached Distribution, Adds Debian Package to Download Options

April 27, 2010
Company Also Announces Certification for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 27, 2010 – NorthScale, Inc., the leading provider of elastic data infrastructure software, today announced an update to NorthScale Memcached Server that adds support for the Debian package format, simplifying the download and implementation of the software for Debian-based systems such as Ubuntu. In addition, the company has tested and certified NorthScale Memcached Server on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and now officially supports that platform, which was announced today by Canonical. NorthScale Memcached Server is the preferred distribution of the open source memcached data caching technology, built and supported by the leaders of that open source project. Memcached enables organizations to alleviate database load, increase application performance, and reduce data management costs for their web-based applications.


With today’s announcement, NorthScale Memcached Server is now available via easily downloadable software packages for Windows, Red Hat Linux, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions supporting the .rpm and .deb package formats. Downloads are available at


"The availability of NorthScale Memcached Server as a packaged distribution for both Linux and Windows makes it extremely easy to obtain, install, and implement the most widely deployed distribution of memcached," said James Phillips, co-founder and chief strategy officer of NorthScale. "With NorthScale, in less than five minutes, customers begin to enjoy the scalability, performance, and cost-saving benefits of memcached for web applications and cloud environments."


"Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is not only receiving enthusiastic ISV support, but from enterprises as well as Web and cloud deployments," said Matt Asay, COO of Canonical. "We are delighted NorthScale Memcached Server is now certified and available for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, making its benefits available to our millions of users worldwide."


About NorthScale

NorthScale, Inc., the elastic data infrastructure software company, is in production behind some of the world’s busiest web applications, including popular social games by Zynga, played by millions of users daily. It provides a shared data management platform for NHN, Korea’s largest web application operator with nearly 70 million unique users. Equally at home serving small web applications, NorthScale operates the memcached service behind the Heroku Cloud Platform, where hundreds of applications benefit from the secure multi-tenant capabilities of NorthScale servers. Founded in 2009 by leaders of the memcached open source project and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., NorthScale is a privately held company funded by Accel Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.


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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