What is Cloudant?

IBM® Cloudant® is a managed NoSQL JSON database service built to ensure that the flow of data between an application and its database remains uninterrupted and highly performant. Developers are then free to build more, grow more and sleep more.

Cloudant redouce downtime

Reduce downtime and go to market faster

Update apps without downtime and create amazing user experiences that work online and off.

Cloudant move data closer

Move data closer to users

Ensure data flows continually and your apps scale elastically to support users across the globe.

Cloudant focus on development

Focus on development, not database administration

Get hours back in your day as our experts help support your data needs, letting you focus on development.

Cloudant features

Global availablity

Global availability: Improve your app’s performance

Cloudant’s horizontal scaling architecture can handle millions of users and terabytes of data to grow seamlessly alongside your business.

Users are connected to the closest copy of the data, which reduces data access latency caused by cloud network overhead.

Cloudant data flexibility

Data flexibility: JSON data store

Cloudant’s RESTful API makes every document in your database accessible as JSON. It is also compatible with Apache CouchDB™, enabling you to access an abundance of language libraries and tools.

Schema flexibility makes Cloudant an excellent fit for multi-structured data, unstructured data and fast-changing data models.

Cloudant's flexible JSON store includes integrations for data warehousing and Spark for advanced analytics.

Cloudant Mobile Sync

Mobile sync libraries: Develop offline-first apps

Cloudant includes mobile sync libraries for both iOS® and Android™. Offline-first applications built with Cloudant Sync provide a better, faster user experience — both offline and online.

Mobile sync libraries enable your devices to store and access data locally, and then synchronize this data with the cloud when an Internet connection is available.

Cloudant APIs

Advanced APIs: Integrated geospatial operations and search

Enhance web and mobile apps with geospatial operations that go beyond simple bounding boxes.

Seamlessly integrate web and mobile apps with fast, scalable, full-text Lucene indexing and search.

Integrate products with Cloudant

IBM Cloudant + Db2 Warehouse offerings

Db2 Warehouse offerings and Cloudant

Easily synchronize your JSON data in Cloudant with structured data in IBM® Db2 Warehouse offerings™ at the push of a button.

Instantly apply traditional BI and analytics to web and mobile application data stored in the cloud.

IBM Analytics for Apache Spark + Cloudant

Spark and Cloudant

Use high speed Apache Spark for fast in-memory analytics of JSON data, or transform and filter data before it reaches Cloudant.

Understand more about your users — their peak usage times, most active locations, and routes patterns — by combining the power of Spark with your existing Cloudant data.

Redis + Cloudant

Compose and Cloudant

Cache your Cloudant data in an in-memory data store for faster retrieval and performance.

Get started with a Cloudant

Get started with IBM Cloudant

Cloudant DBaaS Shared

Allows for up to 20 GB of free data storage with 100,000 Heavy API calls and 500,000 Light API calls per month

Metered — first $50 complimentary

Cloudant DBaaS Enterprise SMB

A Cloudant cluster on dedicated hardware for small- and medium-sized applications

Per node — starting at $833 USD per node

Cloudant Local

A Cloudant cluster on dedicated hardware for large production applications

Per node

Client success stories


"We found that we were overloading our CouchDB server on a daily basis, because of our relatively large number of users and the complexity of our analytics workloads."

Jonathan Jackson, Founder and CEO, Dimagi

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Hothead Games

"A good data layer is one that you barely notice is there, and working with the big data experts at Cloudant has made that a reality for all our Big Win Sports titles."

Barry Wark, Founder and CEO, Physion

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"With IBM Cloudant Dedicated Cluster, we don’t have to use valuable resources for managing databases, and can instead focus on creating a better data model for our customers’ data."

Joel DeYoung, Director of Technology, Hothead Games

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Cloudant resources


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