What is Cloudant?

Cloudant’s distributed database as a service (DBaaS) allows developers of fast-growing web and mobile apps to focus on building and improving their products, instead of worrying about scaling and managing databases on their own.
Cloudant is a tool in the NoSQL Database as a Service category of a tech stack.

Who uses Cloudant?

11 companies reportedly use Cloudant in their tech stacks, including Flurry, Heroku, and Postmark.

16 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Cloudant.

Cloudant Integrations

Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud Servers, Joyent Cloud, Heroku, and CloudBees are some of the popular tools that integrate with Cloudant. Here's a list of all 11 tools that integrate with Cloudant.

Why developers like Cloudant?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Cloudant
Cloudant Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Cloudant in their tech stack.

Josh Dzielak
Josh Dzielak
Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode · | 4 upvotes · 3.3K views

As a side project, I was building a note taking app that needed to synchronize between the client and the server so that it would work offline. At first I used Firebase to store the data on the server and wrote my own code to cache Firebase data in local storage and synchronize it. This was brittle and not performant. I figured that someone else must have solved this in a better way so I went looking for a better solution.

I needed a tool where I could write the data once and it would write to client and server, and when clients came back on line they would automatically catch the client up. I also needed conflict resolution. I was thrilled to discover Pouchdb and its server-side counterpart CouchDB. Together, they met nearly all of my requirements and were very easy to implement - I was able to remove a ton of custom code and have found the synchronization to be very robust. Pouchdb 7 has improved mobile support too, so I can run the app on iOS or Android browsers.

My Couchdb instance is actually a Cloudant instance running on IBM Bluemix. For my fairly low level of API usage, it's been totally free, and it has a decent GUI for managing users and replications.

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Cloudant's Features

  • Managed- Cloudant's big data experts monitor your data 24/7 to ensure its high availability and safety.
  • Distributed Multi-Master Database- All read and write transactions can be synced across Cloudant's global data network without global locks, providing true high availability of your data.
  • Geo-load Balancing- To keep latency low, our geo-load balancing infrastructure routes requests to the copies of the data that are geographically closest to the requestor.
  • Mobile Sync- Cloudant not only syncs between data centers around the world, but also between data centers and mobile devices.
  • Incremental MapReduce- Unlike Hadoop, Cloudant’s Incremental MapReduce keeps indexes up-to-date with new transactions and updates without requiring a full reindexing of your data.
  • Integrated Lucene Search- High-performance full-text indexing and search, without the difficulty and cost of managing text and operational data in separate databases.

Cloudant Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Cloudant?
Apache CouchDB is a database that uses JSON for documents, JavaScript for MapReduce indexes, and regular HTTP for its API. CouchDB is a database that completely embraces the web. Store your data with JSON documents. Access your documents and query your indexes with your web browser, via HTTP. Index, combine, and transform your documents with JavaScript.
Elasticsearch is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine capable of storing data and searching it in near real time. Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash are the Elastic Stack (sometimes called the ELK Stack).
Developed as an alternative to traditionally inflexible SQL databases, the Couchbase NoSQL database is built on an open source foundation and architected to help developers solve real-world problems and meet high scalability demands.
MongoDB stores data in JSON-like documents that can vary in structure, offering a dynamic, flexible schema. MongoDB was also designed for high availability and scalability, with built-in replication and auto-sharding.
Amazon DynamoDB
All data items are stored on Solid State Drives (SSDs), and are replicated across 3 Availability Zones for high availability and durability. With DynamoDB, you can offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a highly available distributed database cluster, while paying a low price for only what you use.
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Cloudant's Stats

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Cloudant's Followers
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