Bob Wiederhold's blog

September 13, 2013

Couchbase ‘JSON Anywhere’ Mobile Strategy - First NoSQL database for mobile

Today we made another big announcement that has the potential to shake up the NoSQL landscape.  Our JSON Anywhere mobile strategy allows us to leapfrog the competition with significant new data management capabilities targeted specifically at mobile app developers.

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August 28, 2013

$25m Round of Financing and 400% Growth for Couchbase

Earlier today, Couchbase announced blowout first half results and a new $25m round of financing. When we delivered the Couchbase 2.0 release last December we had high hopes for its success but the incredible positive reaction from the community and customers have gone far beyond our expectations.

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June 25, 2013

Oracle is no match for today's apps

On Thursday Oracle announced another bad quarter. Oracle blamed sales execution for the miss last quarter, this time it blamed the economy. I’m not so sure. The accelerating shift away from relational databases to new technologies like NoSQL and Hadoop is likely having an increasing effect and contributing, at least in part, to the disappointing sales results.

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March 21, 2013

Notice Anything Different?

Today we began using our new company logo and updated the look and feel of our website. You can do a quick comparison of the logo change below.  We hope you like it. 

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February 8, 2013

Why MySQL 5.6 is no real threat to NoSQL

Over the past couple of days a number of people have asked my opinion of the latest MySQL 5.6 release. For those who haven’t seen the news, Oracle announced its first major MySQL release in two years. Since NoSQL has grown rapidly in key markets where MySQL has historically been strong, I guess it’s not surprising that Oracle focused a lot of attention on addressing weaknesses that have made NoSQL such a big success.

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December 12, 2012

Key-value or document database? Couchbase 2.0 bridges the gap.

Early this morning, Couchbase 2.0 was officially released. The release is a big step forward for the Couchbase open source project and, in my opinion, has the potential to shake up the NoSQL landscape. You can read all about the new features and capabilities in other blog posts but I’d like to focus here on why I think this release is significant.

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March 27, 2012

How Couchbase helped OMGPOP break all the records with Draw Something

Every now and then you get the opportunity to prove yourself on a big stage. Four weeks ago we got the chance. Couchbase user, OMGPOP, had launched Draw Something – a Pictionary-like game that was going viral. Capitalizing on what would end up being an unprecedented growth opportunity, they absolutely had to scale their database. There were two non-negotiables: performance had to be sustained and the game could never be taken off line, even as the number of users and games rapidly accelerated.

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January 6, 2012

Reinforcing Couchbase’s Commitment to Open Source and CouchDB

There has been a lot of reaction to Damien Katz’s “The Future of CouchDB” blog post including some questions raised about Couchbase’s direction. I will leave it to Damien to address the questions about his personal views and motivations but I want to address some of the questions directed at Couchbase.

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December 13, 2011

Couchbase 2011 Year in Review

The end of a year is always a good time to reflect on the year gone by, assess what has gone well and what hasn’t, and chart your course for the New Year. This morning we issued a press release recapping some of our accomplishments for the year, but I’d like to provide more commentary on what we’ve learned in the past year and take the opportunity to paint a clear picture of what our customers and users can expect from us in 2012.

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October 18, 2011

Couchbase, Docomo and Zynga: Strategic Relationships Make a Difference to the Community

Today we announced another strategic customer relationship.  This one is with NTT Docomo, the largest mobile service provider in Japan. It’s always nice to announce big customer relationships, but sometimes it’s not obvious to the wider Couchbase community what its importance is to them.  I think these relationships are a crucial ingredient to building great products, and in turn the entire community benefits.

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