All posts by Kirk Kirkconnell, Senior Solutions Engineer, Couchbase

Kirk Kirkconnell was a Senior Solutions Engineer at Couchbase working with customers in multiple capacities to assist them in architecting, deploying, and managing Couchbase. His expertise is in operations, hosting, and support of large-scale application and database infrastructures.

cbping Should Be Your New Friend

If you have used the command line ping utility to check simple network connectivity between hosts, you know how useful it is. Well there is a utility like that for Couchbase now. It is aptly named cbping and it will...

Deferring Index Creation

There is a feature in Couchbase 4.x that can really help with Global Secondary Index creation and many do not know about. It is the ability to queue index creation statements and then parallelize their creation for efficiency and performance....

Often Overlooked Linux OS Tweaks

There are two simple linux OS level settings that people seem to be overlooking setting correctly on their production systems I have seen. These are documented elsewhere, but they keep coming up and seems like they need some quick review...

Three New Couchbase Books in Late 2015

Late in 2015, there were three new or updated books published about Couchbase that you need. The first is Pro Couchbase Server 2nd ed. by Couchbase's own David Ostrovsky and Mohammed Haji, as well as Yaniv Rodenski. It is 349 pages of pure goodness. Published by...

Couchbasics: How Functional and Performance Needs Determine Data Access in Couchbase

There are multiple ways of getting data in and out of Couchbase. Notice that I did not say querying, I said in and out…on purpose. Not all ways of getting data in and out of Couchbase are querying like in...

It’s a Mediocre Idea to Permanently Store Large Objects in a Database

I am asked routinely about storing images, documents, PDFs or other binary objects in Couchbase. As an architect for services and databases, I usually give the same answer, it’s a mediocre idea overall to store objects like this permanently in...

Advanced Object Modeling for High Write Rates with Logging and Event Data – Part 1

Introduction Couchbase is capable of very high write rates, can scale out fast and add nodes easily, but a poor object model can be a hindrance to these qualities. In some databases, if you have very high write rates, you...

Server Utilization: Couchbase vs MongoDB

When I started out using MongoDB in 2012 as the ops and architecture guy, I had a few key problems with how it is architected. As time has passed, I’ve observed others having similar challenges. A fundamental problem is MongoDB...

Why I Use Double Colons as a Key Pattern Delimiter

People ask me all the time why I create Couchbase key patterns with double colons as a delimiter. Well… Not::much::else::uses::double::colons so it is a great delimiter They make for human readable keys Every object in Couchbase needs a unique key per bucket and since...