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Couchbase Blows Past Competition in NoSQL Performance Benchmark

Couchbase, Inc., provider of the most complete NoSQL database, today announced preliminary results of an independent NoSQL benchmark by Thumbtack Technology, Inc., an industry leader in NoSQL consulting services, with engagements across industries from ad tech to financial services.

The scalability and performance benchmark followed the industry benchmark standards developed by the Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark (YCSB) and found that when measured against common workloads on some of the most common use cases, Couchbase consistently outperformed the competition.

“Couchbase Server is quickly becoming the de facto standard for an enterprise class, scalable NoSQL database that can reliably support mission critical applications and a wide variety of use cases,” said Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Couchbase. “It is also becoming obvious that MongoDB is simply not architected for managing mission critical enterprise deployments at scale. This is why companies like Viber are replacing Mongo with Couchbase, and companies like PayPal choose Couchbase over the competition, as the next generation architecture for their business.”

Benchmark results

Couchbase’s design translates into the unmatched performance, which was demonstrated by the Thumbtack Technology benchmark:

  • Couchbase Server read-intensive throughput was 6x more than MongoDB
  • Couchbase Server read-intensive throughput was 7x more than DataStax Enterprise
  • Couchbase Server balanced read / write throughput was 7x more than MongoDB
  • Couchbase Server balanced read / write throughput was 2x more than DataStax Enterprise

“Thumbtack works with organizations around the world to build and deploy scalable solutions. We have implemented almost all the leading NoSQL vendors – including the three tested in this benchmark,” said Ben Engber, Thumbtack Technologies. “Our intention with this benchmark is to provide a current set of metrics for database performance that is easy for others to verify and duplicate. We believe this study does that quite well, and as a result, we are confident in our results that Couchbase Server 2.5 outperforms the competition on all measures.”

About the benchmark

The new benchmark, conducted by Thumbtack Technology, was done with the goal of comparing several popular NoSQL databases in simple and common use cases. The company has led production implementations at client sites for all versions of the databases tested and worked directly with each vendor to ensure optimal configuration for each of the tests.

Thumbtack Technology ran two classic use case scenarios. The first emulated a typical application of 95% reads and 5% writes and the second emulated peak write loads, with 50% reads and 50% writes. Thumbtack Technology provided the testing parameters to ensure that anyone wanting to replicate the tests is able to do so. These include:

  • Tested database versions: Couchbase 2.5, DataStax 2.0.7 and MongoDB 2.6.1
  • Use of the Yahoo! Cloud Serving Benchmark
  • Keeping 90% of the dataset in RAM to achieve the highest performance
  • Running each database on dedicated hardware backed by SSD storage

More details will be available in the full July report.

Couchbase’s Architecture

Couchbase Server was designed from a simple, yet bold vision: build the first general purpose NoSQL database. That bold vision meant that the architecture had to support a large variety of use cases and a future laden with exponentially growing scalability performance and usability requirements. The Server currently organically consolidates the caching tier and the database tier. This gives Couchbase performance characteristics of a cache and the durability of a database. These foundational principles make the server easy to manage, perform at high speeds, scale horizontally and provide the highest availability.

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About Couchbase

Couchbase provides the world’s most complete, most scalable and best performing NoSQL database. Couchbase Server is designed from a simple yet bold vision: build the first and best, general-purpose NoSQL database. That goal has resulted in an industry leading solution that includes a shared nothing architecture, a single node-type, a built-in caching layer, true auto-sharding and the world’s first NoSQL mobile offering: Couchbase Mobile, a complete NoSQL mobile solution comprised of Couchbase Server, Couchbase Sync Gateway and Couchbase Lite. Couchbase Server and all Couchbase Mobile products are open source projects. Couchbase counts many of the world’s biggest brands as its customers, including Amadeus, Bally’s, Beats Music, Cisco, Comcast, Concur, Disney, eBay / PayPal, Neiman Marcus, Orbitz, Rakuten / Viber, Sky, Tencent and Verizon, as well as hundreds of other household names worldwide. Couchbase is headquartered in Silicon Valley, and is backed by leading VC’s including Accel Partners, Adams Street Partners, Ignition Partners, Mayfield Fund and North Bridge Venture Partners. www.couchbase.com

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