Make Your Website More Efficient With Couchbase

  • Post published:June 30, 2015

Couchbase Server is an open-source distributed NoSQL document-oriented database for interactive applications, uniquely suited for those needing a flexible data model, easy scalability and consistent high-performance. You can store JSON documents or binary data in Couchbase Server. Couchbase is good for mobile applications as well as for web applications.  Among the rest of competitors, Couchbase has the highest latency rate. Our client of vteam #416 is a sports goods provider and his business provides services to both the merchants and adventurers. For entertaining a growing number of requests and making the website more responsive for end users, this situation leads us to make a decision of switching Database to Couchbase. Before implementing the decided solution, R&D was required.


Following were the challenges faced while doing R&D for the decided solution:

  • Elastic scaling
  • Big data
  • Economics
  • Flexible Data Models
  • Off-Line Mobile Applications
  • Data Compatibility between Mobile and Web
  • Couchbase Official SDK Issues

How To Replace Database With Couchbase?

Following points will describe that how vteam #416’s Engineer will achieve this switching from Database to Couchbase:

1- Elastic Scaling:

vteam #416 was using Database already. Our engineer found out that Database might not scale out easily on commodity clusters, but the new breed of Couchbase is designed to expand transparently to take advantage of new nodes, and they’re usually designed with low-cost commodity hardware in mind.

2- Big Data:

RDBMS capacity has been growing, but as per transaction rates, the constraints of data volumes that can be practically managed by a single RDBMS were becoming intolerable for vteam #416.

3- Economics:

Couchbase database typically uses clusters of cheap commodity servers to manage the exploding data and transaction volumes, while normally Databases tends to rely on expensive proprietary servers and storage systems.

4- Flexible Data Models:

Change management is a big headache for large production Databases. Even minor changes to the data model of an RDBMS have to be carefully managed and may necessitate downtime or reduced service levels. But using couchbase, vteam #416 can easily handle data models.

5- Off-Line Mobile Applications:

To achieve Off-line Mode functionality for Mobile Apps, Couchbase Sync Gateway must be used. It is basically an Internet-facing cloud component that securely synchronizes data between the mobile device and the cloud.

6- Data Compatibility:

Couchbase and Couchbase Lite needs to be synchronized because Couchbase is using binary protocol while Couchbase Lite uses the HTTP protocol. vteam #416 have to use Synchronization Gateway to achieve this compatibility. It was already in plan to deal all inserts/updates/deletes from the Gateway.

7- Couchbase Official SDK Issues:

vteam #416 also discovered that the Official SDK is not providing the detailed information, so there was a need to start using Couchnode to achieve this.