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Likelihood to Recommend

CouchDB

Great for REST API development, if you want a small, fast server that will send and receive JSON structures, CouchDB is hard to beat. Not great for enterprise-level relational database querying (no kidding). While by definition, document-oriented databases are not relational, porting or migrating from relational, and using CouchDB as a backend is probably not a wise move as it's reliable, but It may not always be highly available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant is generally a good tool for a NonSQL, document oriented Database as a Service. It is very scalable and reliable, and managed services through IBM seems to be working well. You can consider as almost no lock-in since it is based on CouchDB API structures and you can migrate to any other provider in the future if needed. If you need real Global Availability, like Asia / China you may need to look for alternatives.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

NoSQL Databases

CouchDB
7.9
IBM Cloudant
7.7
Performance
CouchDB
8.0
IBM Cloudant
7.8
Availability
CouchDB
8.5
IBM Cloudant
8.2
Concurrency
CouchDB
8.5
IBM Cloudant
7.6
Security
CouchDB
6.0
IBM Cloudant
7.9
Scalability
CouchDB
8.0
IBM Cloudant
7.3
Data model flexibility
CouchDB
7.0
IBM Cloudant
7.2
Deployment model flexibility
CouchDB
9.0
IBM Cloudant
7.7

Pros

CouchDB

  • It can replicate and sync with web browsers via PouchDB. This lets you keep a synced copy of your database on the client-side, which offers much faster data access than continuous HTTP requests would allow, and enables offline usage.
  • Simple Map/Reduce support. The M/R system lets you process terabytes of documents in parallel, save the results, and only need to reprocess documents that have changed on subsequent updates. While not as powerful as Hadoop, it is an easy to use query system that's hard to screw up.
  • Sharding and Clustering support. As of CouchDB 2.0, it supports clustering and sharding of documents between instances without needing a load balancer to determine where requests should go.
  • Master to Master replication lets you clone, continuously backup, and listen for changes through the replication protocol, even over unreliable WAN links.
Sean Lang | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

  • For us, performance and scalability is the key, and Cloudant DB backed by CouchDB is scalable and performant.
  • IBM Cloudant dB is very easy to provision for sandbox, development, QA as well as production.
  • Support for Java for CouchDB app server analytics enables a greater control for over developers.
  • Schema free oriented very easy to program and build applications on it.
  • We love it!!
Naresh Jasotani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CouchDB

  • NoSQL DB can become a challenge for seasoned RDBMS users.
  • The map-reduce paradigm can be very demanding for first-time users.
  • JSON format documents with Key-Value pairs are somewhat verbose and consume more storage.
Johanes Siregar | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

  • It was only after we went with the cloud-based solution that IBM rolled out an on-premise version.
  • We found that a 3rd-party ODBC driver was required for a few applications that needed to pull data out of Cloudant.
  • The sales process was difficult because the salesperson we used was not as versed on Cloudant as I had hoped.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CouchDB

CouchDB 9.0
Based on 9 answers
Because our current solution S3 is working great and CouchDB was a nightmare. The worst is that at first, it seemed fine until we filled it with tons of data and then started to create views and actually delete.
Josh Stapp | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 7.3
Based on 1 answer
the flexibility of NoSQL allow us to modify and upgrade our apps very fast and in a convenient way. Having the solution hosted by IBM is also giving us the chance to focus on features and the improvement of our apps. It's one thing less to be worried about
victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CouchDB

CouchDB 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Couchdb is very simple to use and the features are also reduced but well implemented. In order to use it the way its designed, the ui is adequate and easy. Of course, there are some other task that can't be performed through the admin ui but the minimalistic design allows you to use external libraries to develop custom scripts
victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 7.7
Based on 5 answers
It's mostly just a straight forward API to a data store. I knock one off for the full text search thing, but I don't need it much anyways. Also, the dashboard UI they give is pretty nice to use. It provides syntax-highlighting for writing views and queries are easy to test. I wish other DBs had a UI like this.
Bryan Redeagle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

CouchDB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.2
Based on 2 answers
it is a highly available solution in the IBM cloud portfolio and hence we have never had any issues with the data base being available - we also do continuous replication to be on the safer side just in case some thing goes awry. We also perform twice a year disaster recovery tests.
Shiv Shivakumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

CouchDB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.2
Based on 2 answers
very easy to get started and is very developer friendly given that it uses couchDB analytics. It is a cloud based solution and hence there is no hardware investment in a server and staging the server to get started and the associated delays/bureaucracy involved to get started. Good documentation is also available.
Shiv Shivakumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CouchDB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.6
Based on 6 answers
Very happy by the commitment given by the team which has been really good over the last 7 years of usage.
Nicolas Peeters | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

CouchDB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 7.3
Based on 1 answer
online resources are good enough to understand but there is nothing like testing. In our case, we discovered some not documented behavior that we take in count now. Also, the experience in NodeJs is critical. Also, take in count that most of the "good practices" with cloudant are not in online courses but in blogs and pages from independent developers
victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

CouchDB

CouchDB 9.0
Based on 2 answers
it support is minimal also hw requirements. Also for development, we can have databases replicated everywhere and the replication is automagical. once you set up the security and the rules for replication, you are ready to go. The absence of a model let you build your app the way you want it
victor pease solano | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.2
Based on 8 answers
  • Test the architecture on CouchDB helped us to address initial design flaws.
  • The migration to Cloudant as such was very painless.
  • We have migrate our replication system to Cloudant Android Sync for mobile devices.
  • We have regular informal contact with the Cloudant leadership to discuss our use cases and implementation strategies.
Nicolas Peeters | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CouchDB

It has been 5+ years since we chose CouchDB. We looked an MongoDB, Cassandra, and probably some others. At the end of the day, the performance, power potential, and simplicity of CouchDB made it a simple choice for our needs. No one should use just because we did. As I said early, make sure you understand your problems, and find the right solution.Some random reading that might be useful:http://www.julianbrowne.com/article/viewer/brewers-cap-theoremhttps://www.couchbase.com/nosql-resources/why-nosql\https://www.infoq.com/articles/cap-twelve-years-later-how-the-rules-have-changed
Dave Lundberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

It's easier to use than Dynamo, more open than Firebase, and has better documentation that CouchDB... it might not be fair to compare Modulus, Modulus obviously suffers from some scalability issues and might not be in the same class... but its a hosted DB service we had some experience with in the past....
Wes Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

CouchDB

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant 8.6
Based on 21 answers
As a DB-as-a-Service, Cloudant has freed us from this kind of problem. Using the IBM Bluemix dashboard you can control how many transaction are executed in milliseconds and this is for now our rating of scalability between 200-24 milliseconds for one http POST (insert document), well under the project rate that was defined by an order of magnitude.
Romualdo Gobbo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CouchDB

  • It has saved us hours and hours of coding.
  • It is has taught us a new way to look at things.
  • It has taught us patience as the first few weeks with CouchDB were not pleasant. It was not easy to pick up like MongoDB.
LeVar Berry | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Cloudant

  • Saving in-terms of cost of procuring and maintaining hardware, which will be realized over the next 5 years.
  • Positive ROI in terms of the number of FTEs involved in maintaining our databases; our DBAs can now focus on other important and business critical applications.
  • Best ROI in terms of our organization's vision - they are no longer anxious / nervous to move to the cloud. We are already on the CLOUD.
Naresh Jasotani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CouchDB

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM Cloudant

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CouchDB
9.0
IBM Cloudant
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

CouchDB
9.0
IBM Cloudant
7.3

Usability

CouchDB
8.0
IBM Cloudant
7.7

Reliability and Availability

CouchDB
IBM Cloudant
8.2

Performance

CouchDB
IBM Cloudant
8.2

Support Rating

CouchDB
IBM Cloudant
8.6

Online Training

CouchDB
IBM Cloudant
7.3

Implementation Rating

CouchDB
9.0
IBM Cloudant
8.2

Scalability

CouchDB
IBM Cloudant
8.6

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