open source

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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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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August 30, 2010

NorthScale Membase Server Beta 3 is Here!

I am excited to announce that NorthScale Membase Server 1.6 Beta3 is now available and ready for download. This beta release adds a lot of new functionality and reflects most of what you’ll find in the final product. Highlights include:

  • Windows support
  • Multi-tenancy – allows multiple buckets on a single cluster including bucket quotas
  • “Cluster Overview” as a new monitoring dashboard
  • And lots of small improvements and bug fixes, of course!

Let’s take a look at these features in a bit more detail: Windows support is by far one of the most frequently requested features, and we are very pleased to offer it with this beta release. Beta3 provides 32-bit Windows support, with 64-bit support on the way (Note: The 32bit binary runs just fine on Windows 64-bit but is subject to the 32-bit memory limits). The Windows version provides the same feature set as our Linux version.

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July 21, 2010

Another membase milestone reached – beta 2 ships!

Another membase milestone was reached today – beta 2 was released and is available for download! Several cool features have been added, including support for datasets whose size exceeds the size of aggregate cluster main memory (i.e. supporting disk > RAM); very sexy, and useful, real-time and historical stat displays; and support for deploying moxi, the membase proxy, on a client-side machine. Looking back over the last three weeks, community reaction to membase has exceeded our collective expectations. We knew we were addressing an unmet need, but it is always a good feeling to hear it confirmed. We’ve had hundreds of downloads of membase beta 1 over the last three weeks and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: - “Membase appears to be the reliable, sharding and persistent memcached-alike we’ve all
    been waiting for…” - “Membase is fast! like memcached fast. very low latency under load and good throughput…” - “Oh this is so hot, so very, very, hot…” But while it is nice to hear the good stuff, I tend to prefer hearing about the things people don’t like or the things users having trouble with.

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July 10, 2010

What exactly is membase?

It has been just over couple weeks since the launch of membase.org, along with NorthScale's partners at Zynga and NHN.  In that time, we've been steadily increasing the postings on the wiki and responding to questions on the mailing list, the XMPP Chat and the IRC channel.  When questions come up, they tend to be about about how membase compares to other Open Source projects, what kind of client one would use or what the pieces are when deployed.

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April 5, 2010

memcached client and server source from NorthScale

I guess most people don't know this, but I'm the only member of the technical team in NorthScale located in Europe. I live just outside Trondheim in Norway, so it's pretty far from everything.

So why did I join NorthScale? A lot of my friends in Trondheim have been asking me that question. To them it sounds strange that I want to work from home for a company located 9 timezones away. I've known Dustin Sallings and Steve Yen a couple of years through their work on memcached in the community, and I was excited to hear what they where up to. I've worked closely with Matt Ingenthron and Eric Lambert from my time in Sun, so I knew that they already had a talented team.

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April 5, 2010

NorthScale and Open Source contributions

Though a number of core developers in the memcached project know, the casual memcached user may not be aware that over the last few months NorthScale released a bevy of memcached client and server contributions. NorthScale is continuing to work with the other project contributors and leaders to get these contributions in shape for inclusion into the various core projects.

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March 25, 2010

When it comes to database technology, NorthScale is pro-choice

On Monday, analyst Matt Aslett posted How will pro-SQL respond to NoSQL? on The 451 Group’s “Too Much Information” blog. Good read. The gist of the post was: There are a bunch of individuals and companies running around claiming that their particular flavor of SQL database technology, memcached, or “NoSQL” database technology is “best.” The title implies that there is a “pro-SQL” camp and a NoSQL camp at odds with each other, battling for some prize. He concludes very practically: This should not be an “us versus them” kind of thing. We couldn’t agree more. NorthScale is neither pro-SQL nor NoSQL, we’re pro-choice.

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