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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).https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Uv/Xp/77N37PEPH17Z-180x180.PNGBest for mobileCloudant is the database for all our mobile applications with offline-first architecture, and it's the best option to keep everything synced and secure. This is the best way to use CouchDB, because Cloudant adds the authorization layer required for a real live app, and also the infinite capacity with the flexibility to grow from $0 to whatever is required according to the amount of users you need to support. Also, we have now using Cloudant as the main database for data capture apps and the source for all our catalogs in order to free resources from our rdbms system. Finally, considering CouchDB is part of Bluemix, you will have the chance to grow, adding on more services for your app.,Authentication improved with the API keys Synchronization with https, which means secure and trustable syncs Scale in a transparent way Free start with the $50 allowance makes Cloudant the best way to start,It would be nice to have a way to import bulk data There must be a better way to check usage. There are a lot of transactions not shown in the actual report There must be a way to reset a db -- a way to set the actual data as the base and eliminate all deleted docs,10,Positive: you can start your app at 0$ cost. After that, you can combine Cloud data with local Couchdb servers for heavy operations as export to RDBMS Negative: moving from lite to standard pricing plan requires to restart your app,CouchDB and Couchbase Server,50,2,Catalog server. All "combos" and list in apps are calling data from a Cloudant/PouchDb Data capture database. Apps for data input, use Cloudant/Pouchdb as the first storage server data segmentation. Some apps access only to the data they need,Data Capture, because Cloudant write operations are faster. After that, we use the /changes feed to get the info back to our RDBMS As a Cache, kind of distributed redis service in order to free up resources in our main rdbms server we combine Cloudant and couchdb/pouchdb in order to minimize the use of cloud services, mainly for /changes feed access,Cloudant partitioned will allow us to consolidate several Dbs in one search indexes is something we are evaluating,8,CouchDB, Apache Web Server, Google Analytics, Node, Oracle Database 12c,Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a minor issue with the implementation,Data rules must be well coordinated between several components to avoid data inconsistency Synchronization rules must be tested "out" because there is nothing like a sandbox,8,Online training Self-taught,8,Yes, Cloudant is easy to understand without trainning. This is the suggested approach to start. The formal trainning will give you the order how to proceed with your project. Anyway, consider not just the formal education. There are a lot of projects and examples how to use Cloudant not just in lab environments that you can use as is and then modify to your needs.,replication data browsing query via http interfase,security settings on database filtered replication rules data events rules,No,9,10Short and sweetIt's our primary store for user-generated and transactional data.,Scalability. Fast ingest rates. Fault tolerance. Great for building data pipelines (_changes streams).,I'd like to have an option of specifying a view (or multiple views) for the _changes stream that will be used to process the documents returned alongside changes (with include_docs=true) Database-specific monitoring dashboards would be great. Ability to tweak job priorities (on dedicated clusters).,10,It allows us to store fairly complex documents atomically and define map-reduce aggregations at a later time without going through the pain of schema migration.,8,Definitely so, moving to the fully-managed service allowed us to focus on developing our core platform without having the engineers distracted by database maintenance. Also, Cloudant team's response times are great, which means that that in the rare occasions where we suffer from a failure, recovery times are short.,Elasticsearch and CouchDB,Elasticsearch, CouchDB,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Vendor Reputation,We wouldn't change a thing.,9,No,Building data pipelines. Map-reduce. Search.,Monitoring the activity of each database (as opposed to the whole cluster). Accessing shared databases via the dashboard (some features need improving). Tracking the progress of indexing jobs could be easier, some kind of a progress bar would be useful.,8If it fits your need, you'll never have problems or complaints.We currently use Cloudant to store call detail records for our faxing platform. The platform itself stores these records, but the API is not easy to query. So we take every single record and store them in Cloudant. This includes not only the basic sender and receiver information, but also per minute costs for each fax. This allows us to easily present incoming and outgoing faxes to our users via our client portal. It's also great for the billing department in that they can quickly query the recordings for profit and cost analysis.,It stores a very large amount of information very efficiently. Granted, we're just storing call detail records, but we're storing 200K records in 50MB. Querying isn't as fancy as SQL-based databases. But if you know what you need and can get it in a view, it is very fast. I'm querying both date and phone number without any issues. The UI for managing your databases is top notch. We can build views and searches, and query those with issues. This lets us refine and perfect our JS functions and queries very easily.,Search Queries. They work when they work, but some of the documentation is a tad confusing and the bookmark system of pagination is not great.,9,I already knew about Cloudant before choosing it as our solution. I've always had issues with MySQL and others choking at 10K records, and I had no desire to be a DBA. So after looking over a few options, I felt that Cloudant fit our needs best. It's mix of JSON documents and view system fit perfectly the kind of data I needed to store and query.,10,Yes. The impact is that I'm not spending all day every day looking at database servers, and adding and scaling database servers. I never worry about system performance, or tuning, or scaling resources. That means a lot to me when I'm not just doing fax data storage, but also developing a client portal, and troubleshooting phone systems. I have enough to manage, and it's nice not to have to manage this.,MongoDB, Redis, Cassandra and Riak,InfluxDB, LogicMonitor, MySQL,5,1,Call Detail Record Storage Billing Data Storage Faxing Data,I use complex keys with Cloudant views to query not just CDRs by phone, but by date as well. Range queries on views are great!,I would really like to integrate it with InfluxDB and some monitoring software to create a more performant and efficient monitoring platform. Many software out there like to use ElasticSearch, but ElasticSearch is very costly resource-wise.,No,Price Product Features Product Usability,I would not change a thing. The core problem arose when querying for fax data would bring down our client portal on every single load. The fax server just refused to cooperate. Then and now, there are few products that would do what I need for little upfront costs. Most would require that I self-host, which I do not have time for.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,Getting queries working correctly. I was new to how views worked so I went down the full text path only to find it didn't quite worked out how I thought. Then I realize that phone numbers are just long number and went that route with ranged keys on views.,10,No,8,No,It does what it says on the box. Stores data, retrieves data, queries data with Map/Reduce and full text search.,Full text search can be really tricky to get working correctly. It works, but then you find it's not quite querying the way you expect it.,Yes, but I don't use it,9Scaling our data layer without headachesCloudant allows us to scale our data layer without worrying about the operations side of things to manage such a big cluster. Cloudant is the main database system for our company. It's totally business critical for our company and our many customers rely on its performance on a daily basis to perform their work.,Scale your data layer without issues. Great support team. Great documentation.,The Dashboard application is really slow and very hard to use to do any hard work. No playground environment to test some very large map/reduce queries (and therefore any changes in the design have to reindex the whole DB). Besides being slow, the Dashboard is actually less usable.,9,Because of replication capabilities, our entire system is architected around this. Cloudant brings the CouchDB interface, but scales it to a new level. Earlier, we used the Heroku provided multi-tenant Cloudant connector, which got discontinued. Now, we have migrated to a dedicated cluster which has brought us the required level of support and scalability.,9,Yes, it allows us not to worry about the data layer, which is really why we choose for the multi-tenant solution, despite its quite aggressive price-tag (for startup standards).,,Heroku, Segment.io, Mixpanel, Logentries, New Relic APM, Atlassian Confluence, JIRA Software, Travis CI,10,,Storing the business transactions performed offline Storing usage metrics Storing content configuration documents Reporting on all of the above.,Distributed replications Waiting on some really cool use cases for DashDB.,More reporting with DashDB. More ad-hoc reporting. Much more storage of data. Automatic archiving of the database (e.g. like Amazon Glacier) would be a killer feature.,No,Product Features Prior Experience with the Product Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor,No, we are happy with the service. The selection process was very simple since we were already using Cloudant through the Heroku connector (which was unexpectedly terminated, to be honest).,Implemented in-house,Change management was a minor issue with the implementation,Designing the documents to be scalable. (Manually) sharding of the document on many databases was a key design decision for us (we shard per "day"), so that we can more replicate back and forth. Designing performing views for large amounts of document (ad-hoc reporting) is very tricky.,9,Yes,9,Yes,Our account contact director Chris Snow is helping us to develop some extensions to Cloudant Sync during his free time.,Editing the docs in the dashboard Writing ad-hoc queries Permissions management,The Dashboard is slow and takes time to load many databases. Writing a new map/reduce view indexes the entire DB for every change. In Couchbase, you have a feature to create a view for a subset of the data, this is very convenient.,9Cloudant, great for ACRAWe decided to use Cloudant to implement an error handling database using ACRA on our Android Applications. First we tested it with a new application; after our first experience we decided to use it across all developments. We needed a repository suited for ACRA to alert on any crashes our applications could experience. We looked for information and Cloudant's name appeared.,Fair cost and possibility to stay on free usage program. High availability. Our databases never ever experienced falls. Fair documentation access. We could find tutorials across the web.,The learning curve could be a little tough if used for first time. UI could be redundant and unintuitive in some cases (at least about 1 year ago). Little integration with other tools,9,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.,10,Yes. In fact Cloudant did all for us. We stored the data and never have to monitor it. The reports are built practically alone. If another approach were used, we needed to do all for ourselves expending more time and resources to achieve the same results. This lately translates into benefits for the company.,Cloudant, as a leader in management and NoSQL DBaaS, gives new programmers in this architecture and infrastructure in general ease of having a non-relational database in the cloud. In my experience, Cloudant is especially useful in situations where it is advisable to have an auxiliary database that must be live exploited for reporting. Recommended success cases are referred to management auditing and logging. For example, you could use libraries like ACRA within mobile applications to redirect all errors and ANR that users might have and display them in real time on a web interface. Implementing this type of architecture has given me better results than Google Play utility. Similarly you can register in Cloudant logging records that are very useful in stages of development and testing, or information access applications: number of installations, upgrades, user loging.,Amazon DynamoDB,Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon Web Services,Creating databases Integrate with external tools (services),Managing users. Replication. We need to get the concept first.,7
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  • Monitoring the activity of each database (as opposed to the whole cluster).
  • Accessing shared databases via the dashboard (some features need improving).
  • Tracking the progress of indexing jobs could be easier, some kind of a progress bar would be useful.
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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. 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.

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