IBM Cloudant Overview

Cloudant NoSQL Cloud DB – Grow into Your Data Layer, Not Out of It

Cloudant puts the ‘service’ in NoSQL database as a service. Unlike scale-it-yourself NoSQL databases, Cloudant is scaled and operated for you. You focus on code, we’ve got your back-end covered. Plus, it enables replication & sync, full-text search, advanced analytics via MapReduce, etc.

  • Develop Fast – GET, PUT, Index, and Query JSON objects via aCouchDB-compatible, RESTful API. Cloudant is schema-less, so you can develop new features without having to redesign your database or migrate data
  • Grow your database without worry – experts at Cloudant operate and scale it for you
  • Push your data to the edge – Cloudant distributes data across a global network of data centers, or to your data center or individual mobile devices, for fast, non-stop access to data from anywhere
  • Build epic features – Built-in text search, data replication & synch, and MapReduce for advanced analytics, enable you to easily create an exceptional user experience for your customers


Some of the top web & mobile app developers use Cloudant to scale their data

Cloudant is the winner when huge scalability matters. It’s a great relief to offload datastore operations onto Cloudant so you are free to focus on new development. – Jason Pearlman, OMGPOP



Cloudant DBaaS Enterprise

Fully-managed, high-performance database as a service (DBaaS) on a single-tenant cluster.

  • Elastic scaling; handle billions of transactions per day
What You Get
  • Rich, NoSQL Database as a Service (DBaaS) API
  • Guaranteed database performance and up-time
  • Dedicated DBaaS cluster hardware
  • 42 hosting locations @ IBM SoftLayer, Rackspace, AWS, or Azure
  • Bare-metal performance on IBM SoftLayer or Rackspace
  • Cloudant experts handle all DBaaS cluster monitoring, tuning, and administration
  • Reach us 24×7 via phone, email, or IRC
  • 1-hr response time
  • Best-practices consultation
  • Elastic, based on cluster size (# of server nodes)



Cloudant DBaaS Shared

Just want to try Cloudant out? Get an account on a multi-tenant Cloudant cluster. Pricing is metered based on your monthly usage.

Usage Cost
Data volume
in GBs / month
$1.00 per GB / month
“Heavy” API requests *
$0.015 per 100
“Light” API requests *
$0.015 per 500


  • API requests that read or write multiple JSON docs in bulk count as 1 API request
  • No charge if your monthly usage is under $50.00 USD
  • A credit card is required after the 30 day trial period is over
  • NOTE: Replications and polling of changes feed can result in lots of requests to your account and increase your bill. Continous replications in particular always check for changes in the source database and are better suited to flat rate Cloudant Enterprise offering.


“Like a CDN for Your Database…”

The Cloudant database as a service (DBaaS) is the first data management platform to leverage the availability, elasticity, and reach of the cloud to create a global data delivery network (DDN) that enables applications to scale larger and remain available to users wherever they are.

Cloudant DBaaS Benefits

Cloudant is used by Samsung, Adobe, Microsoft, Fidelity Investments, Hothead Games, and thousands of others who share Cloudant’s passion for database scalability and innovation. Cloudant provides them with:

  • Massive Read/Write Scalability
  • Non-Stop Data Availability
  • Faster Development
  • Reduced IT/DBA Overhead
  • Escape from Cloud Lock-In

Create a free account and give it a try, or contact us about dedicated service.

Cloudant DBaaS Innovations

Requirement Cloudant Innovation
Build More
Fast, iterative development Flexible JSON document data model
Full-text search Lucene-powered full-text indexing
Geo-spatial data Advanced 2D and 3D geo-spatial indexing
Enable off-line app usage Multi-master replication & sync
Grow More
Rapid user base growth Horizontal scaling architecture
Global user base Global data distribution and geo-load balancing
Sleep More
High availability Cross-geography fault tolerance
No cloud platform lock-in Supports top virtualized & bare-metal cloud providers
Data Durability Append-only storage to disk
No DBA overhead Managed and scaled for you

Next Steps



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