Cloudant to Contribute Big Data Capabilities to Apache CouchDB Project

Apache CouchDB committers and community members gather at Couch Summit in Boston to define vision for future of CouchDB

May 09, 2012, 13:00 ET from Cloudant

BOSTON, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloudant, the global data layer as a service built on CouchDB, today announced the results of the CouchDB Summit held April 9 – 10, 2012, in Boston, Mass. At the meeting, Apache CouchDB project committers and members of the CouchDB community agreed to focus their efforts to enhance the database by unifying software development projects within the open source community. The goal is to create a standardized release of Apache CouchDB that integrates advancements made in various forked software projects built on CouchDB. Summit attendees also proposed to adopt a more frequent update calendar for the Apache CouchDB project.

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New development projects proposed at the summit are already underway. Chief among them are efforts to merge the scalability and availability features of the Cloudant-developed open source version of CouchDB, BigCouch, into future Apache CouchDB releases. This work will be completed over the next 9 to 12 months.

Cloudant's BigCouch is the result of three years of development to build and refine a fault-tolerant, horizontally scalable clustering framework on top of CouchDB. The framework handles routing and coordination of distributed database interactions and queries, helping to make CouchDB more scalable and resilient for "big data" applications. BigCouch has helped power the Cloudant Data Layer, a managed service used by Web and mobile application developers that executes billions of daily transactions for thousands of databases distributed across a global network of data centers.

"We believe it's in the best interest for the CouchDB community and for Cloudant to contribute the BigCouch scalability features back into the Apache CouchDB project," said Adam Kocoloski, CTO at Cloudant. "We made good progress at the CouchDB Summit last month discussing how to merge the projects cleanly and ensure a smooth migration path in the future for those who use CouchDB today."

Summit attendees also proposed making the CouchDB codebase more modular so project and community members could more easily build new features. Potential new features suggested included different indexing methods, additional HTTP functionality, and more complex authentication. Other CouchDB feature suggestions and the rest of the CouchDB Summit minutes can be viewed online at

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