November 19, 2012

Couchbase 2.0

My clients at Couchbase checked in.

The big changes in Couchbase 2.0 versus the previous (1.8.x) version are:

Couchbase 2.0 is upwards-compatible with prior versions of Couchbase (and hence with Memcached), but not with CouchDB.

Technology notes on Couchbase 2.0 include:

Couchbase has built up its customer base by offering just a key-value store — GET, SET, INCREMENT, DECREMENT and the like. In that world, Couchbase makes credible claims about performance, reliability, and manageability — fast, scalable, high-concurrency, always-on, etc. Specific reasons Couchbase offers to believe in its key-value/whole-document performance include:

If you want a key-value store, Couchbase is obviously a/the market-leading alternative.

I gather from Couchbase that Basho/Riak is a solid key-value competitor, perhaps more so than in the past.

What remains to be seen is how Couchbase will fare as a document store. In particular, any update to a Couchbase document replaces the whole document, which is not necessarily the case in other document stores. Similarly, Couchbase’s secondary indexes are newer than some competitors’. And so Couchbase still needs to prove its document-store mettle, in reading and writing alike.


5 Responses to “Couchbase 2.0”

  1. Baxter on November 27th, 2012 5:53 pm

    Thank you for the article. We look forward to the Couchbase Server 2.0 release soon!

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