Cloud Computing: Cloudant Brings BigCouch Cloud Database to Microsoft Azure

By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2012-08-31 Email Print this article Print
Cloudant is a big data analytics company that has created a customized version of CouchDB called BigCouch that handles scalability and high-performance data distribution. BigCouch is distributed across multiple cloud providers throughout the planet. Cloudant also includes a Web-based control panel through which you can sign up, allocate and manage your distributed cloud databases. The control panel makes use of CouchDB's RESTful interface, allowing you to manage your database through Javascript and Ajax. Additionally, you can write your own apps and host them wherever you choose using the standard CouchDB drivers available for the language you're developing in. Cloudant recently added Azure into the mix of hosting. For this review project, eWEEK Labs' Jeff Cogswell tried out the Azure hosting using the Web-based control panel. He also developed an application in Node.JS, hosted the app on yet another cloud—Rackspace—and in minutes created a worldwide distributed database app. The performance was good and the development required nothing more than standard CouchDB programming.

Cloudant Signup Procedure Is Easy

Cloudant's signup procedure is a simple form that grants you immediate access to your new databases. One of the options is "Lagoon," which is their Azure installation.
Cloudant Signup Procedure Is Easy
Jeff Cogswell is the author of Designing Highly Useable Software ( among other books and is the owner/operator of CogsMedia Training and Consulting.Currently Jeff is a senior editor with Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to joining Ziff, he spent about 15 years as a software engineer, working on Windows and Unix systems, mastering C++, PHP, and ASP.NET development. He has written over a dozen books.

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