The hybrid cloud database as a service: Cloudant, an IBM company

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What is the Cloudant database as a service (DBaaS)?

This year IBM  acquired a company called Cloudant, whose product offers a fully deployed and available data store for immediate development and highly available production.

Cloudant, an IBM company, eliminates complexity and enables developers of fast-growing web and mobile apps to focus on building their applications without the cost, effort and risk of managing their database’s infrastructure and growth.

It specifically focuses on:

  • NoSQL database as a service (DBaaS)
  • Transactional JSON “document” store for high-velocity web and mobile apps
  • Spreading data across data centers and devices to scale bigger and be more highly available than alternatives
  • Deploying a database in minutes, instead of waiting weeks for a traditional relational database management system

What is Cloudant Sync?

Managing engagement and application data for massive networks of mobile users or remote devices can be a scalability and availability nightmare.

The problem is that most databases require updates to occur in a central “master” database. This can result in performance bottlenecks and also prevent client apps from running if the connection to the master database is unavailable.

Cloudant Sync enables you to push database access to the farthest edge of the network, such as mobile devices, remote facilities, sensors and Internet-enabled goods, so you can scale bigger and enable client apps to continue running while offline.

IBM Cloudant Data Layer Local Edition: Now available

IBM Cloudant Data Layer Local Edition is the on-premises edition of the Cloudant NoSQL DBaaS.

  • It includes all the features and benefits of Cloudant, including Cloudant Search, Cloudant Query, Cloudant GeoSpatial and dashboard operation.
  • Additionally, the Cloudant DBaaS DevOps tooling for easy management includes all the tools used to scale, monitor, secure and manage change for clients.

Cloudant Local

The hybrid database as a service

Connect Cloudant Local, Cloudant DBaaS and Cloudant Sync to create a distributed hybrid data cloud for increased performance, reach, uptime, mobility and cost savings:

  • Start small, grow big.
  • Elastically scale on demand.
  • Clusters can span multiple data centers or to the Cloudant SoftLayer environment.
  • Manage your cloud yourself, or let Cloudant manage it for you.
  • Mix and match cloud providers to optimize geographic reach, service level agreements (SLAs), pricing and regulatory requirements.

This is the path to hybrid cloud that accommodates growing data management needs, not infrastructure needs. Cloudant allows our clients to continuously optimize the data layer for cost, performance, security and reach. Clients can break up their data, distribute it and move it closer to their users.

IBM understands that giant central repositories don’t scale well, but lots and lots of smaller databases do. With Cloudant, these small databases can be local, remote and mobile. Selected data can be protected from leaving the premises for security reasons. Clients no longer have to deploy the dependent middleware to deliver database requests. They can connect applications directly to their database.

Get started with Cloudant today with a no-charge account here. Connect with me in the comments below or on Twitter @Think_Faster if you’re as excited about the new release as I am.

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