Clients across a variety of industries, including gaming, financial services, mobile device manufacturers, on-line learning, retail and health care are already using Cloudant technology.
"IBM is leading the charge in helping its clients take advantage of Big Data, Cloud and mobile", stated Sean Poulley, vice president, Databases & Data Warehousing, IBM. "Cloudant sits squarely at the nexus of these three key transformational areas and enables clients to rapidly deliver an entirely new level of innovative, engaging and data-rich apps to the marketplace."
Organisations are being challenged to quickly create engaging and data-rich mobile and web apps. Mobile device usage is proliferating rapidly worldwide, creating a surging demand for apps and an increased volume of structured and unstructured geographically encoded and globally distributed data. Five petabytes of data are created every day by mobile phone subscribers around the world. To meet this growing demand, data must be always available and easily accessed by massive volumes and networks of users and devices.
Cloudant, an active participant and contributor to the open source database community Apache CouchDB, delivers high availability, elastic scalability and innovative mobile device synchronization. Cloudant's JSON Cloud-based data service allows mobile and web developers to quickly and easily store and access the explosion of mobile data using an application programming interface (API) that is significantly easier to use than alternatives. Increasingly, developers have embraced NoSQL databases because of their flexibility, and JSON has become the predominant NoSQL database technology for mobile and web app developers.
"IBM has a rich history in the field of data management, and one that will truly differentiate Cloudant's technology in the marketplace", stated Cloudant CTO and Co-Founder Adam Kocoloski. "Joining IBM allows Cloudant to innovate faster than ever before, and IBM's track record in open source software gives us complete confidence in our ongoing collaboration with the Apache CouchDB project. Cloudant could not have found a better home than IBM."
Cloudant complements IBM's Big Data and Analytics portfolio beyond traditional data management by providing a database-as-a-service that enables clients to simplify and accelerate the development of engaging and scalable mobile and web apps. Cloudant also is integral to IBM's MobileFirst solutions. It enables developers who use Worklight, IBM's mobile app development software, to quickly create flexible, reliable and scalable apps that include a variety of structured and unstructured data.
Delivered as a managed Cloud service, Cloudant technology ensures that app developers no longer need to be experts in database management, while database administrators (DBA) can focus on higher value tasks beyond day-to-day administration.
The acquisition of Cloudant will also strengthen IBM's Cloud solutions by providing developers with the tools and resources to build, test, deploy and scale Cloud apps on a variety of hosting layers. Cloudant runs on the IBM SoftLayer platform today and extends IBM's recent investment in the SoftLayer Cloud infrastructure. As a global service sold in 140 countries, SoftLayer provides an easy Cloud "on-ramp" to help clients quickly deploy mobile capabilities with the security, privacy and reliability of private Clouds and the economy, flexibility and speed of a public Cloud.
"Cloudant's decision to join IBM highlights that the next wave of enterprise technology innovation has moved beyond infrastructure and is now happening at the data layer", stated Cloudant CEO Derek Schoettle. "Our relationship with IBM and SoftLayer has evolved significantly in recent years, with more connected devices generating data at an unprecedented rate. Cloudant's NoSQL expertise, combined with IBM's enterprise reliability and resources, adds data layer services to the IBM portfolio that others can't match."
Cloudant's DBaaS extensively leverages the availability, elasticity and reach of the Cloud to create a global data delivery network enabling applications to scale larger and remain available to users wherever they are located. In addition, the Cloudant managed Cloud service: