For a while now I have covered the NoSQL database market and some of the great open source projects in that space. Today I am happy to report on the merger of two of the leaders in this market. Membase, which powers web apps from Zynga and other large scale projects has merged with CouchOne, the makers of the widely distributed and used CouchDB! The new company is called Couchbase.
The new Couchbase gives users the ability to scale from the largest data center and distributed cloud environments all the way down to smartphones and other mobile devices. Couchbase will cover it all. Based on the Apache CouchDB and the memcache d technology at its core, the new company will continue its stewardship and support for open source and community versions of its programs.
No matter how you slice it, I think this merger is full of awesomesauce. It is really going to bring both NoSQL and open source to another level. I can't wait to see what the future holds here.
For glimpse of what that future may be, I had a chance to sit down with two people I have interviewed before. James Phillips is a co-founder and in charge of product at Membase. He will continue to be responsible for product in the new company. Damien Katz, is the founder, CEO of CouchOne, as well as the lead developer of CouchDB. He will be the CTO of Couchbase. Membase's current CEO will remain in that role.
Here is a 12 minute interview with James and Damien detailing their plans for the new company: