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). 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,First, the strong synchronization engine. There is nothing like that in relational world. Second, the flexible data model is perfect when you need to have a base framework for several apps. Finally, the incredible scalability of NoSQL is a no brainer, considering you can start from no budget and grow to any size.,Yes. The database is no longer a point of concern, something that just works and grows with my needs. The storage management is mostly automatic, the authentication is as simple as creating a new API key. Of course you have to deal with scripts for synchronization and some index definitions in order to use the Cloudant query, but that is just the first time.,Cloudant is excellent for mobile applications specially in those environments where the connectivity is uncertain.Cloudant has a synchronization engine capable of keep track of all the changes in remote devices under uncertain network conditions what is the key for mobile applications.For example, you can have an application capable to work with no network connection at all, or always up to date in regular network conditions.For the development point of view, Cloudant can work with some IBM apis to have a database in the local device and keep all the sync required. The easiest and open option for me is to use PouchDB which is an open source project of a database in javascript that can sync with Cloudant or any other CouchDB based synchronization engine. Under this schema, you can access to open technologies like Apache Cordova, NativeScript or any other Javascript based framework to develop your mobile app. Lets talk about a sales app in the mobile capable to access the product catalog even in no coverage areas like basements or country, capturing sales that are transmitted once the agent returns to a coverage area. All these with a minimal coding and options like filtered replication to allow data partition. In a mobile world, even with 4g or faster technologies, the network is uncertain and that’s why we need to elements: a local database, a synchronization engine. Cloudant has both options and is open enough to accept local databases alternatives like PouchDB in order to help you to implement a “Offline First” Application in order to provide the fastest user experience (with fasters queries to a local database) and data always up to date (with the synchronization engine),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,CouchDB, Apache Web Server, Google Analytics, Node, Oracle Database 12c,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,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,9,10
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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.
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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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