Couchbase: The data storage alternative to MongoDB

In the '80s, with the rise of relational databases, other databases emerged to store different types of data. These are called NoSQL databases and are used to store documents such as JSON files. One of the most famous and widely used of these databases is Couchbase.

What is Couchbase?

Couchbase is a high-performance, open-source NoSQL database used to store data in RAM as well as on disk. It was developed by Couchbase Inc. and is used by many companies for their mission-critical applications.

Couchbase is a document-oriented database that stores data as JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) documents, a simple, human-readable data format. This makes it easier for developers to read and manipulate data. What’s more, Couchbase uses a distributed architecture, enabling server clusters to be scaled horizontally to handle larger workloads.

What can I do with Counchbase?

One of Couchbase’s key features is the ability to store data in random access memory (RAM), enabling extremely fast response times for read and write requests. This is particularly useful for applications requiring very low latency, such as real-time, online gaming and mobile applications.

Couchbase is also optimized for the cloud, and can easily be deployed on cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure. This enables businesses to benefit from a highly scalable and resilient infrastructure for their mission-critical applications.

In terms of usage, Couchbase is used by many companies in different sectors, including financial services, healthcare, gaming, social networking, telecommunications and many others. Among the many companies using Couchbase are American Express, which uses it to store real-time transaction data, and Verizon, which uses it to manage its streaming content applications.

In addition to performance and scalability, Couchbase also offers high availability. Data is replicated across multiple nodes in the cluster, guaranteeing redundancy in the event of failure or breakdown of one of the nodes. This minimizes downtime and guarantees continuity of service for end-users.

Couchbase offers advanced security features to protect the data stored in the database. These include encryption of data in transit and at rest, user authentication, role and authorization management, and monitoring of database activity to detect suspicious behavior.

Finally, Couchbase offers an easy-to-use API for developers. The API is based on CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations and enables developers to easily manipulate JSON documents stored in the database. The Couchbase database supports several programming languages, including Java, Node.js, Python, C#, Go, Ruby, PHP and many others.

In conclusion, Couchbase is an open-source, high-performance and scalable NoSQL database, offering advanced security features and an easy-to-use API for developers. With its ability to store data in RAM for very low latency, high availability and ease of deployment on Cloud platforms, Couchbase is an ideal choice for companies looking for a flexible and powerful database solution for their mission-critical applications.

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Source: Datascientest