Cloudant's Industry-First Data Layer as a Service Now Global

Big data experts expand global presence to provide developers with a better alternative to scale-it-yourself databases

May 22, 2012, 09:00 ET from Cloudant

BOSTON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloudant today announced the first global data layer as a service, with an expanded data center presence that is fueling customer and corporate growth. The Cloudant data layer gives developers of big data and other data-driven web and mobile applications the world's most powerful solution for storing, distributing, serving, and analyzing application data on a global scale.

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Cloudant's global data layer network now includes strategic data center locations across Europe, Asia, and North America. The global data network strategy delivers unmatched performance, scalability, and availability for big data and other data-driven applications that typically have a highly distributed user base. This private network is also critical to delivering a high quality of service that customers demand while being a key driver to Cloudant's rapid growth as a company.

Currently, there are over 7,000 users of the Cloudant data layer worldwide. Last quarter, the company raised monthly recurring revenue 149 percent quarter-over-quarter and grew its active sales pipeline 412 percent over the same period. Compared to Q4 2011, weekly customer sign-ups to the Cloudant data layer have doubled. To support this growth, the company has expanded its executive team and moved its headquarters from Somerville, Mass., to Boston.

"Since migrating our Social analytics and advertising platform from Postgres to Cloudant last year, our database has grown over 20 times larger, to 25TB, and we haven't had to change a line of code or hire any database operations people to do it," said Ben Straley, CEO of Meteor Solutions. "From an organizational perspective, Cloudant has helped us stay lean and focused on developing new ways to meet customer needs. We're very pleased with the system Cloudant has built and the work they do on our behalf."

New Additions to Cloudant

Cloudant's newest data center in Amsterdam builds on the company's relationship with SoftLayer, a leading provider of global cloud infrastructure, and signals a growing demand for data-driven applications that can scale from thousands to millions of users overnight, and across the world, while providing fast access to large datasets. This scalability improves the overall user experience for applications, with data delivered closer to where users need it, and helps developers elegantly address rapid usage spikes, such as the "App Store effect."

To continue this growth, Cloudant has added experienced leadership to its executive team. In December 2011, the company appointed Derek Schoettle as CEO. Schoettle is a veteran software and Internet industry executive who was most recently a sales VP at analytic database leader Vertica Systems, Inc., and later at HP. Cloudant also added Andy Ellicott as vice president of marketing. He has 20 years of experience bringing pioneering data management and application development technology companies to market, including Vertica, VoltDB, Kalido, Bowstreet, Object Design/eXcelon, and Easel. Another Vertica veteran, Andy Palmer, joined the Cloudant Board of Directors in February 2012. Palmer has led two IPOs in the past 20 years and was co-founder and founding CEO of Vertica, a company he led through its acquisition by HP.

"Organizations large and small are realizing that managing the data layer with their own resources can be technically complex, time intensive, and costly," said Schoettle. "This problem increases exponentially when you want to scale availability of that data globally. The expansion of the Cloudant data layer solves this problem and opens a new world of possibilities for developers to create the most dynamic Web applications possible."

About Cloudant

Cloudant provides developers of big data and other data-driven 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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