IBM Cloudant

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IBM Cloudant is a distributed database that is optimized for handling heavy workloads that are typical of large, fast-growing web and mobile apps. Available as an SLA-backed, fully managed IBM Cloud service, Cloudant elastically scales throughput and storage independently. Cloudant is also available as a downloadable on-premises installation, and its API and powerful replication protocol are compatible with an open source ecosystem that includes CouchDB, PouchDB and libraries for the most popular web and mobile development stacks.

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Database management review by Carl L.
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"Instant REST access to your data from anywhere"

What do you like best?

Cloudant allows me to access my data from mobile and web apps without having load database drivers or create CRUD APIs. It can be provisioned and up and running in minutes and modified with ease. You can very easily change the data structures and information captured. The addition over CouchDB of GeoJSON makes visualizing the data on a map very simple. It was very easy to integrate with PouchDB for local storage on mobile devices when network connectivity was unavailable.

What do you dislike?

Since it is NoSQL, a relational background can be a detriment. Moving from SQL queries, tables and columns to documents in a repository can be jarring. It is difficult to set up complex queries into the data without some additional training.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn about NoSQL and carefully consider your use cases. That being said, Cloudant offers a great way to experiment with the data without being tied down to a given structure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloudant allows me to enable data capture at the edge. Getting data from field devices right to the cloud is quick and painless, allowing instant capture and response.

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Database management review by Sal U.
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"Simple to get running"

What do you like best?

Setup is a breeze and no drivers required to access the data. Integration with things like pouchDB for offline storage and sync makes creating offline ready web apps very simple. GeoJSON is a great addition over couchDB, since it has quick default views of data points on a map. Also, love the fact that I can modify the data fields(attributes) in documents without the need to modigy tables.

What do you dislike?

Views and queries can be a bit complex to set up originally. There is a learning curve when coming from a relational db background. Lack of good code, index, query examples on the IBM site. CouchDB is a great resource when starting out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get familiar with NoSQL databases and REST security. It makes the transition very easy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple data capture from web apps with quick deployment. It makes setting up demo apps and PoT efforts a snap with no time lost in provisioning systems or contacting engineering groups to stand up a new database. No DB knowledge required to start creating records (documents) in a data store.

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Database management review by Sunil D.
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"A good product for CouchDB beginners "

What do you like best?

--Cloudant Sync : For now Android and IOS SDKs are available for sync functionalities and more for IOTs and .net are on the way . Cloudant Sync's local db have almost al feature of CouchDBs view model . You can create view indexes and query them on local devices . When device is offline all the data are stored on local DB . When networks come it sync device with cloudant and this is working like a charm for me.

--User Interface : IBM has done a great job creating cloudant UI it is very easy to use and straight forword.

--Cloudant offers all CouchDB functionalities out of th box like Cross-Datacenter replication for both with remote or shared database.

--Cloudant also offer both database model for business where either you can use shared database or can host your custom nodes across the geographic region .

--Supports geo-special indexing and querying ,

What do you dislike?

-- Pricing : Cloudant is free(shared database) for small extend of use but when you create a large amount of key value pair you are easily gonna cross the uses limit after that price you pay is very expansive.

-- Platform Limitation : Although cloudant is independent of platform cloudant sync is only available for android and ios it leaves windows and blackberry platform which also cover some amount of market . also it has less functionalities compare to couchbase lite like sync gateway.

-- Cloudant has a very good dash board for limitation but due to security override it is difficult to use many plugins in this database where as couchbase comes with more plugin support out of the box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are beginer or a startup you can use this product it has more than enough resources to get you live . You can easily go live without any prior couchdb experience but if you are large business than consider other option also my Favorited couchbase

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We uses this initially while migrating from mongo db but later on when we realised that it is becoming too expansive for our customers so lateron we hosted our own couchbase server with multiple nodes and that is cheap compare to cloudant.

It has almost all benefits of couchdb and it offers more uptime for your sever as all maintenance is done by cloudant .

Database management review by Micha v.
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"Excellent technical support but sales people are a crime. "

What do you like best?

We worked very close to the technical team in UK. They have very good ideas and more then open to give the right feedback and help you to the next steps. We had many troubles with combining Cloudant on an Amsterdam server and Microsoft Azure somewhere in West Europe. The technical staff was reacting fast to find out that there was a router problem with at Azure.

What do you dislike?

Our experience is that the sales team from Cloudant is the worst nightmare. They give the wrong advice and try to sell the biggest configuration possible. The only thing that counts is sales, sales and sales and do not care about startups and what the needs are from the client. Also the administration is a mess. Wrong invoices, invoices with a delay from 4 a 5 months is quite normal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

DO research what you really need. Cloudant sales always try to sell the max.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scalable full service cloud solution where you do not have to take care of backups, peaks on your database when you launching a new game.

Database management review by omar h.
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"Effective and Simple"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of getting started with the database, it was one of the most easy to setup cloud database env

What do you dislike?

The documentation, sometimes you are lost between the line of the docs for something you may want to do but can not directly find it

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider replacing traditional DBs with Cloud Based DBs that IBM provides

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Supply chain monitoring and an IOT data dump

Database management review by Executive Sponsor
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"Very impressive choice for JSON database."

What do you like best?

Back by big blue. That says a lot. The interface to modify and update the database was very nice. It had most of the features I would expected from a big service like IBM.

What do you dislike?

THE PRICE! They really didn't seem to do their homework. Competitive products with more features are much cheaper. Seems to only have the base CouchDB engine with 3 additional features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Shop around. There are other CouchDB-ish hosting companies. Make sure the program fits your needs. Features over support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were looking for ways to offload data management to a cloud based service. We were able to see the potential in scaling to millions of transaction per day with very little effort.

Database management review by User
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"Not useful for most usecases"

What do you like best?

It's replicated out of the box, and eventually consistent, has a REST api

What do you dislike?

Very difficult to fit in this product for most usecases. No query editor like the SQL editors, difficult to debug applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make querying easier. Make writing those views (map / reduce) easier and more interactive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of our usecases are transactional, but very small datasets for our microservcies, so we were trying to fit in Cloudant db as that's the only db offered on our catalog with replication, encryption at rest, and other compliance stuff

Database management review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Cloudant Review"

What do you like best?

I used cloudant late in 2014 for our couchDB host provider. It was a great platform for getting us rolling at first, we had a hosted couch solution out of the box with no configuration and security to worry about. THey take care of everything for you and make the ramp up time is minimal. It has all of the features you'd expect from Couch, views, reducers and rest like data queries. Overall it's quick and easy.

What do you dislike?

It's pricing. We ultimately had to dump it because we had a very write heavy application that had a lot of versioning and would write hundreds of thousands of records in a day. If you have an application that needs a store and is not write heavy this is the solution for you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bulk Posts. Get everything in there at once if you can, it gets expensive in a write heavy situation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it for data storage of a web mining application to process info we scraped and transform it.

Database management review by User in Banking
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"IBM Cloudant"

What do you like best?

The most part is that anyone can easily set up and can scale their db. The app I used needed backups in case if the data was lost, so it helped me in getting the backups and create our own manual backup if needed

What do you dislike?

The initial implementation involved a lot of steps and switching between different services was very confusing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

storing relational data in the cloud and reduce the interruptions.

It was very easy to store and access data from multiple locations

Database management review by User
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"Best cloud-based service"

What do you like best?

Cloudant's service provides integrated data management, search, and analytics engine designed for web applications

What do you dislike?

To have a sort of LUW - Logical Unit Work when many documents are involved into a single update process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM Cloudant is a fully managed JSON document store for progressive web and mobile applications that maintain data access and availability at extreme scale.

Database management review by Administrator in Retail
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"Mediocre RDBMS"

What do you like best?

It's efficient and dependable enough to run our employee search, which is really handy for my job,

What do you dislike?

It does not work very well in our Citrix environments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to reallly understand which version is best for you. Also, know what you're buying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's difficult to set up from scratch time wise.

Database management review by User
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"Good technical support"

What do you like best?

Easily set up and anyone can work with it. I really like the fact that is efficient.

What do you dislike?

Price! It is too expensive and you can find competitors with more features and they are much cheaper.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve our data storage problem.

Database management review by Consultant
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"Fast DB but very poor documentaion"

What do you like best?

Easy spinup of service in the BLUeMIx. Easy Data replication setup.

What do you dislike?

Poor docuentation. No online referecnes. No community. NO preper response frmo IBM for questions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Qick indexing with huge data sets

Database management review by Administrator
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"databases made easier"

What do you like best?

it is really easy to use cloudant for both developers and non developers

What do you dislike?

not that powerful and not much capabilities

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

integerating blockchain with cloudnet as its database

Database management review by User
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"High efficiency "

What do you like best?

Very efficient tool

Scalable

Low maintenance cost

What do you dislike?

The modules are too complex and hard to implement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work with a consultant

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Storage issues.

Time and efficiency

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