IBM Cloudant versus the competition
Cloudant wins over Amazon DynamoDB for its pricing model, flexibility and performance.
What is IBM Cloudant?
IBM® Cloudant® is a fully managed, distributed database that is optimized for handling heavy workloads that are typical of large, fast-growing web and mobile apps. Available as an SLA-backed, IBM Cloud® service, Cloudant elastically scales throughput and storage independently. Our expertise helps take away the pain of hardware and software provisioning, patching and upgrades, while offering a 99.99% SLA. Cloudant's API and powerful replication protocol are compatible with Apache CouchDB to pair for hybrid or multicloud architectures.
IBM® Cloudant® is a fully managed, distributed database that is optimized for handling heavy workloads that are typical of large, fast-growing web and mobile apps. Available as an SLA-backed, IBM Cloud® service, Cloudant elastically scales throughput and storage independently. Our expertise helps take away the pain of hardware and software provisioning, patching and upgrades, while offering a 99.99% SLA.
Cloudant's API and powerful replication protocol are compatible with Apache CouchDB to pair for hybrid or multicloud architectures.
Serverless web application and API
In this tutorial, you'll create a serverless web application by hosting static website content on GitHub Pages and implementing the application back end using IBM Cloud Functions.
Mobile application with serverless back end
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use IBM Cloud Functions along with cognitive and data services to build a serverless back end for a mobile application.
Gather, visualize, analyze and detect anomalies in IoT data
This tutorial walks you through setting up an IoT device, gathering data in the IBM Watson IoT® Platform. Explore data, create visualizations and use advanced machine learning services to analyze data and detect anomalies in the historical data.
Instantly deploy an instance, create databases and independently scale throughput capacity and data storage to meet your application requirements.
Cloudant helps support PCI, ISO27001 and SOC 2 Type 2 compliance, as well as HIPAA readiness.
Cloudant is available worldwide and easily distributes data across availability zones, regions and continents for global application performance and disaster recovery requirements.
Zero vendor lock-in
Cloudant is the only fully managed cloud database service with an open-source drop-in replacement in Apache CouchDB. Deploy them in tandem for full hybrid or multicloud architectures.
Store JSON documents with an HTTP API. Enhance your applications with built-in key-value, MapReduce, full-text search and geospatial querying.
This new architecture brings consistency and elimination of in-region conflicts. Users can scale more for less, with global querying and storage that’s as much as four times less expensive.
What does IBM Cloudant manage for me?
Cloudant handles software and hardware provisioning, management and scaling, and support. You'll receive high availability and elastic scaling of the hardware as your provisioned throughput capacity needs change. Learn about the other benefits of database-as-a-service (DBaaS) here.
What is a document data store?
How is Cloudant different than CouchDB?
While Cloudant is API-compatible with CouchDB, the primary difference in functionality between Cloudant and Apache CouchDB is that Cloudant has layered additional open-source technologies for full-text search and geospatial indexing capabilities. IBM has also developed its own monitoring and operations systems to ensure high availability and performance. Furthermore, Cloudant engineers handle all the ongoing database monitoring and infrastructure maintenance, so you can spend more time building your app and less time worrying about your database.
Apache CouchDB is an active open-source project, protecting customers against vendor lock-in as a reliable alternative to document-oriented database vendors. With Cloudant and CouchDB, the migration path in either direction is simple. The two systems share a common replication protocol, which lets developers synchronize copies of their Cloudant data to a remote CouchDB instance — or vice versa — at the push of a button.
Check out these docs for differences between Cloudant and CouchDB API endpoints.
What is offline-first architecture?
Offline-first architecture means building your app without requiring a connection to the internet. Instead of assuming the lack of connectivity is an error condition, the app is designed to provide users the opportunity to interact with your app without connection. Using Cloudant Mobile Sync, mobile apps can collect and read data even if network connectivity is unavailable. When the connection is re-established, the data will be synced with IBM Cloudant.
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