IBM Cloudant

IBM Cloudant

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IBM Cloudant

Overview

What is IBM Cloudant?

Cloudant is an open source non-relational, distributed database service that requires zero-configuration. It's based on the Apache-backed CouchDB project and the creator of the open source BigCouch project. Cloudant's service provides integrated data management, search, and analytics engine designed for...
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How IBM Cloudant Differs From Its Competitors

IBM Cloudant Time Savings

Yes IBM cloudant provides the time and resources saving because of the auto scaling feature. Its automatically reduces the use of resources according to number of active sessions, if there are too many session then auto scaling uses high amount of cloudant, Otherwise it will be reduced according …
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IBM Cloudant Global Availability

This feature is very useful but our application is available only for the india. So this feature is not providing benifits to us for now. But definitely when we will launch our product globally it will be very helpful feature to reduce the data transfer costing and overall operational cost.
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IBM Cloud Portfolio

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To run a project we need some necessary services like database, cloud servers, continues distributions and data analytics. So these other IBM products provides the extraordinary experience to …
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Decision Factors

I absolutely love Couchdb and Cloudant is based on it so no learning curve. I am an Erlang dev so I know what it offers which is replication, uptime performance, view indexing and map reduce, easy to scale, and I know how the server works to do querying / http requests. Plus it solves document …
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Most Important Attributes

I will say Cloudant/Couchdb is my main go for years alongside using it with Rabbitmq is my normal Erlang stack. Reliability/uptime, easy to scale, easy to design, and simple querying just to name a few.
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Managed Services

IBM has been great. After all this time I can remember only 1 time service was down. We come to expect from any company large or small there might be a day where downtime happens. The way Cloudant replicates you can leverage its advantage based on your strategies.
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

Not having to manually manage sharding, clusters, and other database maintenance operations significantly reduced the manpower requirement for projects that employ Cloudant. It is among a class of databases where it "just works." Predicting costs is also much easier since it is fixed and billed in …
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IBM Cloudant Replication

These replication capabilities are great in theory; However, we have not come across a situation where it has been a requirement. This is less a fault of the software and more related to the nature of our work. Nonetheless, it is great to have the option to replicate data in Cloudant to services …
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IBM Cloudant Global Availability

Our operations, sources of data, and even all of our users are located in one country, in the Southeast Asia region. Being available in all IBM Cloud regions is really great for latency performance and/or compliance. Quite frankly, this is an area of IBM Cloud we found lacking — the availability …
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Decision Factors

In one application, we had to create a chatbot a la "Choose your own adventure" that should scale into thousands of different questions. The library was originally supplied as an XML file, so it just made perfect sense to convert it to a JSON like structure, then upload those documents into a …
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Most Important Attributes

I usually use NoSQL databases when I believe that a document model would work best. These are usually instances where a vast majority of the application operations involve simple inserts or reads of whole documents, or updating of attributes. I found IBM Cloudant sufficient for these instances. …
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Agile Development

I was previously in the camp that looked unfavorably towards the schema-less nature of NoSQL. However, once I got more experience using NoSQL and designing around document based data models, I came to appreciate the flexibility Cloudant's NoSQL model provides. New application capabilities that …
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Managed Services

One of the things I most appreciate about IBM Cloudant is the compute capacity allocation model. I can allocate capacity based on the actual read, write, and query throughput of my application, instead of having to guess the number of CPU cores and memory allocation. And unlike competitors that …
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

We are very impressed with [IBM] Cloudant's flexibility as it allows effective use of map-reduce to aggregate results out of collections defined within IBM Cloudant databases, allowing for millions of records to be aggregated and used effectively for analytics and reporting.
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IBM Cloudant Replication

These replications are very important and useful for protecting data and making it easily accessible. Replication to different locations helps to get high availability and to get quick responses.
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IBM Cloud Portfolio

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It's easy to create a connection/communication between IBM portfolio products and together it brings good value for our clients.
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

We have achieved a great deal of savings on building out scaling capability through using IBM Cloudant. Scaling CouchDB databases can be very effort-intensive and expensive to manage in the long run due to various issues and unknown bugs. IBM Cloudant takes care of the scaling and operational …
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IBM Cloudant Replication

It was extremely beneficial for us to be able to replicate on-prem CouchDB databases to IBM Cloudant as we were initiating our move from using self-hosted CouchDB databases to IBM Cloudant. Since then, we have also been able to manage replication between different IBM Cloudant instances tied to …
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IBM Cloudant Global Availability

We have not faced serious disaster situations with our IBM Cloudant implementations; however, within regular Disaster Recovery test scenarios that we run, it has proven that the high availability of IBM Cloudant across different regions is highly beneficial for our disaster recovery activities. …
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

By being fully managed, as the lead IT team I can relax and focus on other things because I do not have to worry about scaling, maintenance, operations. Even in case of problems, I can get notified - we haven't experienced problems yet.
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IBM Cloudant Replication

The bidirectional replication of local environments from CouchDB to Cloudant is what has improved our operations since we have the self-administration of the Cloudant environment at our disposal and we avoid the problems that come with managing a proprietary platform of that type.
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

Yes, Cloudant operations team manages the underlying systems on our behalf and the support team is very helpful and proactive. They monitoring when the system is reaching some critical metrics. Some operations like automated backups and exports for reporting are still up to our team, though.
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IBM Cloudant Global Availability

No, it's not really part of our setup with Cloudant. They were not really proactive about this.
Cloudant wouldn't really scale to Terabytes level (if you have to change any view, that would be really problematic). For a real life database with many views, 50GB to 100GB seems to be the sweet spot in …
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Developer Efficiency

Clearly, this is one of the most important features of a PaaS like IBM Cloud (where Cloudant is hosted as a platform). It literally saves one DevOps FTE to manage the clusters and the bare metal or Cloud instances. No more worries about disk space and networking.

One thing that is missing though is …
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Integrations

- Applications that are eventually consistent and often offline.
- Replication is the killing feature of Cloudant/CouchDB. We use it extensively in our applications.

What you shouldn't use Cloudant for:
- Reporting, ad-hoc queries (indexing after the fact can be terribly slow)
- Data that frequently …
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Implementation Insights

Our team is quite experienced with the CouchDB/Cloudant technology so the original implementation went really smoothly. As usual with database implementation, the key is to design the data model and related view in the most future proof way so that you can avoid model and view changes.
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Examples of Exceptional Support

At some point, the system needed a further full rebalancing of the data on the nodes due to some issues with some highly conflicted database (which was a user error). Cloudant support helped our team to scale the reindexing by add free-of-charge 3 additional server nodes to the system for the …
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

The scope of our project was never grand enough to to observe the effect of scale. But, with whatever we worked around, it performed seamlessly.
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IBM Cloud Portfolio

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It was a sigh of relief to see everything sync along so seamlessly, made life easier for us software engineers.
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Developer Efficiency

Because IBM cloudant is able to store large amounts of data very efficiently, it’s great to work with in remote locations and downtimes. It performed quite seamlessly across platforms for our needs of data manipulation. We just felt a sense of security using it, even in precarious situations.

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Integrations

Ibm Cloudant provides great features over CouchDb that we earlier used . The ability to get data in a relational schema using the dashboard simply works great for data analysis.
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IBM Cloudant Replication

The blockchain platform works with a CouchDB database. These databases, we can not make any index or improve our queries so we had a problem when we want to make any reports or query the data for analysis or reports. These replication capabilities help us to make these operations and these …
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IBM Cloudant Global Availability

Lucky us we did not have any trouble so far with some disaster problem. Cloudant is very stable, the IBM cloud with other products manage the disaster recovery. It's very important that you have the services in two different regions because if you have more than one instance but only in one region …
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

The ease of use leads to fast implementation. Even with less knowledge, a consultant is able to have a fast start based on the combination of IBM Cloud Pak and integrated IBM Cloudant services.
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IBM Cloudant Replication

We use replication very often if sensor data must be replicated to other platforms, especially in the water management industry (public sector) data separation is essential (security). This requires replication of data over different databases and platforms. The replication functionality in IBM …
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Implementation Insights

Implementation was easy as the menus are pretty straightforward. I was able to quickly setup replication to my CouchDB instance and see the data flowing into Cloudant in a matter of minutes. The system is reliable and I was able to connect to it easily from my Javascript source code.
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

Since it is a Database as a Service offer on IBM Cloud, you do not have to worry about basic infrastructure, provisioning and performance metrics. The user interface could improve but it is not a problem. So basically you can expect the promise of lower TCO to come to life in this case. In general …
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IBM Cloudant Replication

We have used this capability between US and Europe, to improve our overall resilience and also to ensure compliance with local standards, where it worked out well, as expected. We did not have the opportunity to replicate to CouchDB or PouchDB, but it is a nice feature to have if you are concerned …
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IBM Cloudant Global Availability

We did benefit from multiple locations, although at the time we were implementing, support in China wasn't available or mature - so it was a negative in our opinion, and IBM has been improving on this space recently. The App we had was global and we could still have great infrastructure resilience …
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IBM Cloudant Time Savings

We achieved a time saving milestone due to the automation of the maintenance. Due the company policy we implemented an external application for that but Rest API gave us the ability to do that. The support is being reduced to minimal as this app is taking care of routine tasks daily.
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IBM Cloudant Replication

The replication ability, as I mentioned before, was the main reason for choosing IBM Cloudant. IBM Cloud was really quick and effective on it. We performed load and endurance tests to ensure our productive environment and every one was successful. If I would criticize something it's the unilateral …
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Awards

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Popular Features

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  • Security (19)
    9.5
    95%
  • Concurrency (19)
    9.1
    91%
  • Performance (19)
    9.1
    91%
  • Availability (19)
    8.7
    87%

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Pricing

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Standard

$1

Cloud
per month per GB of storage above the included 20 GB

Standard

$75

Cloud
per month 100 reads/second ; 50 writes/second ; 5 global queries/second

Lite

Free

Cloud
20 reads/second ; 10 writes/second ; 5 global queries / second ; 1 GB of storage capacity

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://cloudant.com/product/pricing

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Demos

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Features

NoSQL Databases

NoSQL databases are designed to be used across large distrusted systems. They are notably much more scalable and much faster and handling very large data loads than traditional relational databases.

9.2Avg 8.7
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Product Details

What is IBM Cloudant?

IBM Cloudant is a 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, fully managed IBM Cloud service, Cloudant elastically scales throughput and storage independently. Cloudant is also available as a downloadable on-premises installation, and its API and powerful replication protocol are compatible with an open source ecosystem that includes CouchDB, PouchDB and libraries for the most popular web and mobile development stacks.

IBM Cloudant Features

NoSQL Databases Features

  • Supported: Performance
  • Supported: Availability
  • Supported: Concurrency
  • Supported: Security
  • Supported: Scalability
  • Supported: Data model flexibility
  • Supported: Deployment model flexibility

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IBM Cloudant is a 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, fully managed IBM Cloud service, Cloudant elastically scales throughput and storage independently. Clo...
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IBM Cloudant Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese/Brazil, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional

Frequently Asked Questions

Cloudant is an open source non-relational, distributed database service that requires zero-configuration. It's based on the Apache-backed CouchDB project and the creator of the open source BigCouch project. Cloudant's service provides integrated data management, search, and analytics engine designed for web applications. Cloudant scales your database on the CouchDB framework and provides hosting, administrative tools, analytics and commercial support for CouchDB and BigCouch. Cloudant is often considered part of a new generation of 'NoSQL' databases that don't require fixed table schemas and is challenging the dominance of traditional relational databases (including the popular MySQL).

Amazon DynamoDB, MongoDB, and Couchbase are common alternatives for IBM Cloudant.

Reviewers rate Scalability highest, with a score of 9.6.

The most common users of IBM Cloudant are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews

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IBM Cloudant Experience

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We wanted a highly scalable and flexbile (loosely structured) data base that was fast in response and one that could run on bare metal and/or virtual machines. The fact that it is schema-less makes it easy to get staged and started. In addition analytics for the development environment and prouction environment is augmented with the help of couchDB server analytics.
Romualdo Gobbo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Using a traditional application based on a relational DB schema would have been impossible due to the agnostic nature of our application where all stakeholders can insert documents with own data inside without any support by DB Administrators.

We have defined a specific tag "Custom Fields" where data can be accepted with content and different structures (JSON formatted of course) controlled by the Cloudant engine itself.

The schema-less nature of Cloudant was the winning choice against other traditional solutions where any new data structure has to be pre-defined.
Justin Saul | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We switched to one data source per service, therefore, a lot of the relational data with ad-hoc queries went away. The NoSQL solution allowed us to be more flexible in the way we handled our data. Thus, we were able to go to market faster and iterate quicker than what we would normally achieve in a traditional database. Additionally, Cloudant enabled us to not worry about scaling.
Carlos Eduardo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Yes. Since we have many differents data types and sources, our company was not able to use a traditional database solution. NoSQL on the other hand proved that is very flexible as a solution for many problems, and after our team took the same studies and technical tests, we decided use a NoSQL solution. Another feature that we love in NoSQL is its flexibility. Many types of businesses change fast nowadays, and a database solution that is able to follow these changes is a very important key for achieving success.
Peter Ivie | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I hate having to modify the schema on a large table. It can take a long time and can lock up the entire database during the whole time. Cloudant gives me what I need without imposing restrictions that provide performance benefits that I don't need right now. I can put in whatever data I want and it just takes care of everything.
January 04, 2016

Cloudant, great for ACRA

Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We didn't choose a NoSQL solution over a traditional database: we used both. Our applications need a transactional database for our main business cases, but there were some use cases that required another way to implement in order to achieve results and performance. That's why we decided to use the best of the both approaches.
January 04, 2016

Cloudant DBaaS review

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
There is no absolute answers for which database solution is the best one, only the most suitable. NoSQL provides a relative flexible method to manage the data, for example, comparing to the traditional SQL, adding a new data doesn't require you to pre-define the columns and its types. However, SQL offers a powerful and more friendly relational JOIN method which cannot be realized in NoSQL. The NoSQL solution is widely used in our projects while the normal SQL is still working as another role to process our other data.
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