Bob Wiederhold's blog

October 4, 2011

Welcome to NoSQL, Oracle – we’ve been expecting you.

Oracle’s entry into the NoSQL market, announced yesterday at Oracle OpenWorld, isn’t at all surprising to anyone who believes, like we do, that NoSQL is destined to be a disruptive force in the database market and eventually make up a significant percentage of its sales. In fact Oracle’s entry is another clear indication that powerful trends like Big Data, Big Users, Cloud, and Mobile Computing are driving the adoption of NoSQL and that early adopters in key market segments are already rapidly moving to NoSQL technology.

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August 10, 2011

NoSQL and Couchbase: Picking Up Speed

The past six months have been a whirlwind of activity at Couchbase and the pace just continues to accelerate, not just for Couchbase but for the NoSQL market as a whole. Since the merger of CouchOne and Membase in February, we’ve been hard at work to advance the state of NoSQL technology. To name a few things:

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May 13, 2011

Couchbase Momentum: NoSQL on the Rise

When we announced the Membase and CouchOne merger, it was thrilling to see the community share our excitement about the merger, and provide such positive feedback about the potential of bringing the CouchDB and Membase NoSQL technologies together.

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April 12, 2011

Focused on Building Great NoSQL Software

Today we let our hosting users know that we are transferring our Apache CouchDB hosting service to a new company called Iris Couch. The hosting offering is still in beta but close to being generally available, so it was important that we make some decisions about our ability to build both the world’s best NoSQL software and build a great hosting service. In a small company it’s extremely important to focus on as few things as possible and do them really, really well.

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February 7, 2011

Hello Couchbase!

I am thrilled to be writing this blog post announcing to the world that Membase and CouchOne have merged to become Couchbase!

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October 25, 2010

NoSQL is Growing, Not Slowing

GigaOm is definitely stoking the NoSQL discussion by asking whether scalable SQL databases have taken the momentum out of the NoSQL movement. I interpret recent market events somewhat differently however, and want to offer an alternate perspective.

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October 4, 2010

Membase Recognized by IDC

Winning awards is always fun. Over the years, companies I’ve been part of have won their fair share. But not all awards are created equal. Some definitely carry more weight than others, and I put the IDC Innovative Company to Watch award in this category. The fact that IDC does extensive research on the markets they address, talks regularly to a broad set of vendors and customers, and has a rigorous process for award selection all brings great credibility to the award. The award certainly has great meaning for us and I suspect this is also true for organizations who are thinking through what database to use for their next project. As a small company it’s always a challenge to get the word out about your products and this is particularly true when you’re in a space like NoSQL where there are lots of competing technologies. Membase wasn’t one of the first NoSQL products in the market, so it’s encouraging that our innovative work and early customer success is being recognized so quickly. We’re very proud that while IDC could have given the award to any of the many NoSQL contenders, they chose to give it to us.

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September 14, 2010

Membase and RightScale: Elastic Data Scaling in the Cloud

I am very excited that Membase ServerTemplates are now up and running on the RightScale Cloud Management Platform (see today’s announcement). RightScale customers now have easy access to a leading NoSQL database for the first time, and Membase customers can rest easy that when they’re ready to deploy their applications in the cloud they can take advantage of the leading cloud management platform in the industry. For those who may not be familiar with RightScale ServerTemplates, they’re really cool.

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September 3, 2010

Membase and Open Source 4.0

I read Matt Aslett's (The 451) post on the golden age of open source with interest. In it he describes that we've arrived at the fourth stage of open source, which is ”in short: a return to a focus on collaboration and community, as well as commercial interests."

What we're doing with membase.org definitely falls in line with this description although with a slightly different twist. NorthScale saw the need for a simple, fast, and elastic NoSQL database that we felt wasn’t being met by existing technologies. When it became clear that many prominent companies shared this view and were committed to an open source solution, NorthScale stepped in to shepherd the development of a broad community around the membase.org project. Consistent with Matt Aslett’s description of open source 4.0, the result is a project with an “emphasis on collaboration and community rather than control." While NorthScale has contributed the bulk of the code to the project, our customers Zynga and NHN are co-sponsors of the project who have a strong commitment to its success. This blurring of the line between vendor and customer – the collaboration between two seemingly opposite sides of a transaction – has long set open source apart from the large proprietary vendors who want nothing more than a lock on their customers.

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May 17, 2010

Simply Transformational

It’s great to be posting my first blog as NorthScale’s new chief executive. This is a unique company with a unique opportunity to drive the incredible transformation taking place in the data management space. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. So, what attracted me to NorthScale? And for that matter, why did our investors just pour $10 million into our company coffers? In a word: simplicity. The simplicity of NorthScale’s technology, the simplicity of our market strategy, and our commitment to make it as simple as possible for customers to get from where they are today to where this new wave of technology transformation leads. Drilling down a bit, there are a number of things about NorthScale that get me excited:

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