NoSQL Companies Membase and CouchOne Join Forces to Form Couchbase

Membase (formerly NorthScale) and CouchOne have joined forces to create Couchbase, a provider of an end-to-end family of NoSQL database products. The merger will enable a lineup of data management capabilities built with Apache CouchDB document database technology, memcached distributed caching technology and the Membase data flow and cluster management system.

The Couchbase product family, scheduled for release over the coming months, includes offerings optimized for the data center, desktop and mobile device. In addition to a consistent developer API across products, the Couchbase family will feature automatic end-to-end synchronization - supporting cross-data center replication and mobile-to-cloud database synchronization.

CouchOne, co-founded by CouchDB creator Damien Katz, provides database solutions powered by the Apache CouchDB database project. Known for its ease of use and reliability, CouchDB is an open source document database with more than 10 million desktop deployments worldwide, as well as large-scale implementations at the BBC, Apple, and CERN.

Membase, the company behind Membase open source technology, provides a distributed key-value database with integrated memcached caching technology. Membase enables dynamic cluster elasticity and sustained low-latency, high-throughput data operations. Organizations including Zynga, AOL and ShareThis use Membase to lower data management costs while improving the scalability and performance of their demanding interactive web applications.

"To me, the most exciting thing about the Couchbase merger is that we are able to more quickly give users of both technologies the features they've been clamoring for. CouchDB users will acquire the high performance, high scale, simple-fast-elastic capabilities of Membase, while Membase users will acquire CouchDB's indexing features (map/reduce view, Lucene, R-Tree GeoCouch), replication, reliability and a clear path to mobile integration," says Katz.

Couchbase is a privately held company funded by Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund, North Bridge Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures. For more information, go to

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Posted February 12, 2014