The innovation engine at Couchbase is in full swing and we’ve made significant updates in the 6.0 beta to the Analytics, Eventing, and Full-Text Search services.

Couchbase Analytics Service is now officially in beta – it’s been 2 years since we first released the first Developer Preview and I can’t be more excited about reaching this critical milestone on the journey to GA later this year.

The Couchbase Data Platform now supports HTAP workloads and allows NoSQL users to run ad-hoc analytical queries leveraging an MPP query engine to reduce the time to insight without impacting application performance.

Couchbase Analytics provides the following key capabilities:

  • Fast ingest: Availability of data for analytical processing in milliseconds
  • NoETL for NoSQL: Process JSON data in its natural form without the need for any transformation or schema design
  • Workload isolation: Run ad-hoc queries without impacting application performance
  • Ad-hoc querying: Allows business users to explore data and perform complex joins and aggregations
  • N1QL for Analytics: First commercial implementation of the SQL++ language for querying schemaless semi-structured JSON data

Why do you care?

Here’s what we have heard from the early adopters –

Unmatched agility and flexibility

  • Reduce time to insight by making operational data available for analytical processing in near real-time
  • Reduce costs by eliminating the need to create a separate infrastructure for analytical data

Unparalleled performance at any scale

  • Run analytical queries at any scale with an MPP engine that scales linearly providing the flexibility to add capacity on-demand
  • Analytical queries are run on dedicated nodes that can run complex, resource-intensive queries and don’t impact the query latency and throughput of operational systems

The easiest platform to use and manage

  • Add Analytics nodes in < 5 clicks and simplify operations with analytical and operational workloads in a single platform
  • Analyze JSON data in its natural form without defining a rigid schema using a rich declarative query language that is really easy for SQL developers to learn

Well, that’s not all that there is in this release. We’ve also made significant enhancements to Couchbase Eventing and Full-Text Search services.

Timers in Couchbase Functions 

Couchbase Eventing Service has been enhanced and now includes the ability to trigger routines at specific timestamps. Timers are constructs by which developers can specify a routine (business logic) to be triggered at a future time. You can find more details here.

Full-Text Search (FTS)

The Full-Text Search service has greatly improved indexing capabilities (codename: Scorch). Indexing time has been cut in half – up to 2x faster indexing is now possible. Similarly, the index space on disk is profoundly reduced – data size has been decreased in the order of 70%.  We’ll share more details when the release is complete, but for now, try out the new feature through the index creation UI or by adjusting the index definition JSON.  This has been available as a Developer Preview feature starting in Couchbase Server 5.5. Upgrade an old index by editing your index and choosing the newer type as shown below.

Take the 6.0 beta for a spin by downloading the latest from our downloads page. Looking forward to the feedback on Couchbase forums.

Posted by Sachin Smotra, Director Product Management, Couchbase

Sachin Smotra’s career spans more than 15 years building software products across various domains including Java Enterprise software, DRM Solutions for mobile games and web conferencing. As Director Product Management at Couchbase, he is a hands-on product leader responsible for Couchbase Mobile, IOT and Analytics product lines including evangelizing the product strategy and vision with customers, partners, developers and analysts. Before joining Couchbase, Sachin was a Senior Manager, Product Management, at Cisco WebEx where he led the product team responsible for transforming the end to end Customer Experience across the WebEx product lifecycle - consideration, purchase, usage and renewals. Prior to his time at Cisco, Sachin worked at different startups in a multitude of roles across engineering, architecture, product management and alliances.

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