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    KuroBase Extends Couchbase to the Heroku Cloud

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    As a NoSQL database, Couchbase has emerged as an open source option for organizations looking for a platform that supports Web applications that need to scale.

    Now KuroBase wants to make it easier to build and manage those applications on top of a cloud service using Couchbase, a derivative of CouchDB based on a Membase database, and memcached caching software. The company has released tools that make it easier for developers to access Couchbase from the Heroku cloud platform owned by Salesforce.com along with free tools for building applications using the Ruby programming language or the Node.js application development framework. In addition to making Couchbase easier to manage, KuroBase has added support for management tools from New Relic that are delivered via the cloud.

    KuroBase has taken Couchbase and turned it into a database as a service (DBaaS) platform that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Via this latest update, developers can now create application logic on Heroku that accesses a high-performance instance of Couchbase running on AWS.

    Couchbase makes use of Javascript object notation (JSON) and HTTP to create a NoSQL key/value database that is optimized for storing documents. KuroBase CTO and co-founder Ali Hamidi says that Couchbase meets the needs of high-performance Web applications. As one of the first providers of Couchbase as a service, Hamidi says KuroBase is looking to make NoSQL databases more accessible to organizations that don’t have the expertise or internal resources needed to stand up an instance of Couchbase on their own.

    Developers have been embracing NoSQL databases as an alternative to traditional databases because they scale easier and don’t require the skills of a database administrator to maintain. In many instances, developers are simply using the DBAs in their organizations to develop Web applications.

    The degree to which other forms of NoSQL databases will find their way into the enterprise remains to be seen. But at this point, it’s apparent that the number and types of databases finding their way into the enterprise has never been more varied.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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