NoSQL Companies CouchOne, Membase Merge to Form Couchbase

The merger will offer customers an end-to-end family of database products, officials hope.

Membase and CouchOne have joined forces to form Couchbase-a marriage in the NoSQL movement the companies hope will spawn an end-to-end family of database products.

The Couchbase product family is slated to be rolled out during the coming months and will span from the desktop to the data center. On the road map so far are the following: Elastic Couchbase (formerly Membase Server), which will combine Membase, memcached and CouchDB technology for high-performance caching, elastic clustering and document database features; Couchbase, a nonclustered, lightweight version of Couchbase aimed at developers; and Mobile Couchbase, which will be focused initially on the iOS platform. The company also has plans for Hosted Couchbase, which is meant to provide a "cloud sync point" for applications using Mobile Couchbase.

"The two technologies and companies mesh perfectly," said Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Couchbase. "CouchOne, and its developer-centric CouchDB database and dynamic community, is the most broadly deployed open-source document solution available today. Membase, the leader in production-ready, high-performance data stores, is used by the world's busiest Web applications, including Zynga, because of its simple, fast, elastic architecture."

According to Wiederhold, CouchDB users will get the high-performance, high-scale and easy-fast-elastic capabilities of Membase to go along with the power and simplicity of CouchDB. In the near term, Membase users will get more capabilities, including indexing and query support and list and set operations. Further down the road, customers will be able to extend Web apps to mobile devices with local storage and transparent sync to the Membase cluster powering those apps, he said.

Wiederhold was formerly CEO of Membase. CouchOne CEO Damien Katz will take over as Couchbase CTO.

"Membase and CouchOne were already two of the leading NoSQL database providers, and the combination of Membase's high performance clustering and caching technology with CouchDB's document data model appears to be a good fit," said Matt Aslett, a senior analyst with The 451 Group, in a statement. "The two companies are also complementary in terms of their approach to developers and operational adoption, and Couchbase should be able to hit the ground running with their combined technologies, teams and development plans."