Watch Your Back, MongoDB - Couchbase is Coming After Your CustomersAnd Datastax, you may be next.

Sure the headline seems a little dramatic, but we’re not exaggerating at all.

Consider this from the pitch for coverage we got from Couchbase last week:

"Couchbase will announce Server 2.5 to support enterprises as they transition away from experimentation with first-generation NoSQL developer projects, such as MongoDB, to the development and deployment of a true enterprise-class NoSQL product to scale mission-critical applications.” 

For anyone who needs a translation, or at least our take on the statement, here’s the skinny:

Couchbase claims that:

  • Enterprises are transitioning away from “first generation” NoSQL-based solutions (such as MongoDB)
  • MongoDB (and other first generation NoSQL products) has been used by developers for “experimentation”
  • Mongo DB isn’t a “true” enterprise class NoSQL product, it can’t scale for mission-critical applications
  • Couchbase Server 2.5 is the product of choice as enterprises transition from NoSQL experimentation (with products like MongoDB) to getting serious about NoSQL for enterprise-grade mission-critical applications

Did We Get That Right?

We don’t usually receive coverage pitches and press releases seeded with digs at competitors (though Larry Ellison does occasionally make them in front of live audiences), so when we interviewed Couchbase CEO Bob Wiederhold we asked him a pretty blunt question, “Are you saying that you’re going after MongoDB?”

He didn’t back off.

“I am saying that we’re going after MongoDB’s customers,” he said

What is Couchbase Server 2.5, Anyway?

“Couchbase Server 2.5 was built for the enterprise,” said Wiederhold. He explained that the document-oriented database features high availability and rack zone awareness -- it stores master data and replicated data on different server racks insuring that data remains highly available and secure even if a server goes down. Not only that, he added, it’s also easy to scale and administer.

Speed and low latency are also critical in this day and age, according to Wiederhold, and, as such, Couchbase Server 2.5 features Secure Cross Data Center Replication (XDCR).

“When data is not stored on virtual private networks (VPNs), it’s usually sent between networks over wide area network,” Wiederhold explained. “The problem with this is that data can become vulnerable unless it’s encrypted."

Couchbase addresses that problem with SSL transmission between data centers. The new security layer helps enterprises achieve global scale in a secure manner, according to the company.

Is Couchbase Server 2.5 Better for Enterprises than MongoDB?

Couchbase and MongoDB could probably go feature-by-feature and toe-to-toe in answering that question, so we’re not going there.