Couchbase the company formed through the merger of Membase and CouchOne (developers of the open source CouchDB)announced that they have raised 14m in new venture capital. This was their "C" round and was led by new investor Ignition Partners, as well as being joined by their existing VCs. A very impressive raise for the NoSQL, Big Data solution used by companies such as Zynga (which is also an investor), AOL and others.
I had a chance to sit down with Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Couchbase to discuss the new capital, their commitment to the open source and general state of the NoSQL and Big Data market. Bob had some good insight into what is driving the red hot market for big data and NoSQL. He also spoke about how he thinks of other big data players like Hadoop and traditional SQL players like Oracle. You may be surprised that Bob does not view any of these are competitors to Couchbase. You can listen to the full conversation below.
While the sun is certainly shining brightly on the Big Data market, there are some clouds on the horizon. At the recent Black Hat security show in Las Vegas one of the presenters showed how many big data solutions don't have maturity around security that some of the traditional database solutions do. Also some of my friends in security like Chris Hoff and Amrit Williams have recently written about the issues around big data and security. I had a chance to speak to Bob Wiederhold about this as well. Though he is not a security expert he did say that Couchbase is doubling down on their security efforts and it is a high priority at his company. He wants Couchbase to be a market leader in making sure Big Data and NoSQL are secure.
I will be trying to line up a future podcast with my friends from both the Big Data world and the security world to discuss this in the future, so stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy the podcast!
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