Cloudant Launches NoSQL Data Layer Service for Windows Azure

Provides .NET and other developers with distributed NoSQL database service for faster application user experience at cloud scale

Jun 06, 2012, 17:00 ET from Cloudant

BOSTON, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloudant today announced that the Cloudant Data Layer, the company's distributed NoSQL database service, is now available on Windows Azure as part of a Microsoft initiative to provide developers with access to a range of cloud technologies from various providers to best serve new, fast-growing Web and mobile applications running on Windows Azure.

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Cloudant's strategic relationship with Microsoft continues Cloudant's own work to bring its database-as-a-service product to public cloud providers and cloud application platforms. Cloudant's NoSQL database services are now available to Windows Azure customers. Cloudant will also be integrating its service into the Windows Azure Marketplace.

"Windows Azure gives developers flexible ways to manage their data and make it quickly available to a new breed of data-driven Web and mobile applications," said Jean Paoli, President of Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. "Developers using Windows Azure don't have to worry about growing their applications to massive scale because Windows Azure scales automatically. Cloudant's NoSQL database service on Windows Azure offers developers a great option for offloading data store operations so that they can focus on coding the next big app."

The Cloudant Data Layer is a managed NoSQL database service for developers of fast-growing Web and mobile apps. With an Apache CouchDB-compatible, RESTful JSON API, built-in MapReduce, data replication and synch, and full-text search, Cloudant enables fast development and distributes data across the global network of Windows Azure data centers for fault-tolerant, low-latency access to users everywhere. Cloudant is operated and scaled by the big data experts at Cloudant, so that users can stay focused on new development, not database administration.

"Applications deliver a much better user experience if their data is deployed closer to users, versus halfway across the world," said Derek Schoettle, CEO of Cloudant. "Cloudant's ability to distribute data to Windows Azure datacenters around the world means we can move dynamic database data as close as possible to the network edge — even to individual mobile devices. As a result, applications on Windows Azure can grow faster and support new usage models such as disconnected computing with mobile replication and sync."

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About Cloudant

Cloudant provides developers of fast-growing Web and mobile applications with the world's first globally distributed "data layer as a service" for loading, storing, analyzing, and distributing application data. The Cloudant Data Layer is a managed service that helps developers to eliminate the delays, costs, and distractions inherent in working with databases and their administrators, while providing unmatched scalability, availability, and performance. This capability accelerates time-to-market and time-to-innovation, because it frees developers from the mechanics of data management so they can focus exclusively on creating great applications. Cloudant is privately held and backed by top-tier investors including Avalon Ventures and Y Combinator. For more information, visit

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