2.0 is “big step forward” says CEO

Couchbase Server 2.0 adds document data model

Elliot Bentley

The NoSQL underdog hits back at MongoDB with additional features – but will it be enough to compete?

Before we get carried away on a wave of MongoDB hype, let’s remember that there are other key-value NoSQL databases to choose from.

One high-profile alternative is Couchbase Server, version 2.0 of which was released this week.

A merger of Apache CouchDB and Memcache (to some controversy), Couchbase Server has established itself as a popular choice of NoSQL database thanks to a few high-profile uses, such as in mobile game Draw Something.

Couchbase are likely hoping to up their profile further with the release of Couchbase Server 2.0, which introduces new document-oriented features to complement its existing key-value database. It now includes a JSON-like flexible data model, with distributed indexing and querying and incremental map reduce.

“The release is a big step forward for the Couchbase open source project and, in my opinion, has the potential to shake up the NoSQL landscape,” wrote Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold on the company’s blog.

Seemingly aware of their position as an underdog, Wiederhold went on: “Frankly, for those looking for an alternative to MongoDB because their application requires better scalability, performance, and reliability, we think Couchbase 2.0 is a great fit.”

Couchbase Server 2.0 is available to download now at

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