Couchbase expands the deployment options for its next generation database and introduces a hosted database-as-a-service on Amazon Web Services, which developers say will make building enterprise applications faster and easier.
The new offering, Couchbase Capella, is a fully managed and automated cloud database that Couchbase touts as being highly flexible for developers and scale performance for enterprise applications.
Since Capella runs in Couchbase’s own cloud account on AWS and not in a customer’s AWS account, Couchbase offers more convenience, according to Couchbase, by leaving more account management tasks to Couchbase.
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Couchbase Server is a distributed NoSQL database that belongs to a new generation of database systems that challenge the popular relational database products from companies such as Oracle and Microsoft.
“We are very excited about this hosted solution and that our Database-as-a-Service offering is being made much more accessible to a wider range of users,” said Scott Anderson, Couchbase’s senior vice president of product management, in an interview with CRN.
Anderson said the new hosted database is a more convenient – and potentially faster – deployment option for customers because it runs within a Couchbase account on AWS and includes the database server infrastructure and management. Customers are only billed for everything by Couchbase.
“In our hosted model, you buy everything from Couchbase. The database server, the underlying infrastructure, and the administrative functions, ”said Anderson.
Couchbase also announced the availability of a free Capella trial for developers, along with 50GB of storage that will allow them to quickly start developing applications in the cloud database.
“It always starts with the developers,” said Anderson of the focus on meeting the needs of application programmers.
Couchbase Capella is based on Couchbase Server 7, the latest edition of the company’s flagship database, which became generally available on July 29th.
According to the company, the Couchbase Server database combines relational database functions such as SQL query support and distributed ACID transactions with the flexibility of a modern JSON document database.
Couchbase launched Couchbase Cloud, its first Database-as-a-Service offering, in June 2020. In contrast to the new hosted deployment option, Couchbase Cloud runs in a virtual private cloud on AWS and Microsoft Azure within a customer’s AWS or Azure account. Anderson said that some customers prefer this option because it gives them more control over management and offers some performance and cost benefits.
“It’s really about providing delivery options to customers,” said Anderson.
Couchbase also announced that it will rename Couchbase Cloud under the umbrella name Capella.
According to the company, the hosted Couchbase Capella can be provided for multi-cluster, multi-region and multi-cloud operations. The Database-as-a-Service offers flexibility in the data structure for the development of operational, transactional and analysis applications and offers developers multimodal functions such as document, key value, full-text search and analysis.
“When we develop for customers, we need flexibility, high performance, and affordable solutions,” said Scott Bradley, chief engineer at Facet Digital, a Kirkland, Washington-based application strategy, design, and development agency using Couchbase. “Couchbase Capella is a single platform that gives us JSON document agility, in-memory caching speed, text search and analytics, all accessed through the SQL our team already knows,” Bradley said in a statement.
The Couchbase Capella hosted control plane is built on AWS and integrates more than 20 AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Elastic Book Store, AWS Lambda, Amazon GuardDuty, and AWS Shield, Couchbase said. Developers can connect applications to AWS services such as Amazon S3, AWS Fargate, and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service.
Couchbase Capella is sold direct from Couchbase, as well as through cloud marketplaces and the company’s channel partners, including resellers and system integrators.
“Today we have a broad reseller community for Couchbase Server and our mobile solution, and this is an additional offering that allows them to sell and provide services from an advisory and value-added perspective by building new applications or migrating existing ones . “For this service,” said Anderson.
Anderson said that Couchbase Capella hosted editions are being developed for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform and are expected to be available in 2022.