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Couchbase Releases Couchbase Server 7

Today, Couchbase, Inc. released the general availability of Couchbase Server 7. With Couchbase Server 7, enterprise development teams get one unified platform and no longer need to use one database for transactions and a separate database for developer agility and scale. To summarize, this means that customers can simplify their database architectures, expand Couchbase usage into enterprise transactional applications and reduce operating costs through performance enhancements. 


Key highlights include:

  • Eliminating the complexities of database sprawl by adding fully mature SQL transaction capabilities, meaning customers no longer need both a relational database and also a NoSQL database. Couchbase now has multi-statement SQL transactions by fusing together transactions and high-volume interactions. For the first time, customers can do multi-document SQL ACID transactions with interactions in microseconds all within one unified database platform. 
  • Enabling runtime updates with zero downtime through a dynamic data containment model. Couchbase Server 7 introduces schema and table-like organizing structures, called "Scopes and Collections," within the schemaless database. Only with Couchbase 7 can customers add a table (the "Collection") in Couchbase, while transactions are happening without having to add or modify the schema (the "Scope") or take down the database for this upgrade. This greatly speeds up innovation cycles. The new multi-level, dynamic data organizing structure allows the platform to match and migrate relational data models into Couchbase Server 7, and then inverts ongoing control of the data structures from the database administrator to the application developer, thereby improving their productivity.  
  • Faster operational performance that lowers the total cost of ownership facilitated by collection-level processing of data access, partitioning and index isolation. Couchbase Server 7 also adds a configurable backup service. Data sets delivered to microservices are faster, index builds execute in parallel and indexes are portable during data rebalancing. And finally, the query service adds a cost-based query optimizer to replace its former rules-based optimization. 

Ravi Mayuram, senior vice president of engineering and CTO, Couchbase commented:

"With Couchbase Server 7, the relational versus NoSQL database debate is over. Modern developers no longer have to struggle with having multiple databases- a relational database for transactionality, and a NoSQL database for flexibility and scale. We are delighted to be the first modern Database-as-a-Service provider to combine traditional relational database functionality like SQL and transactions with the flexibility and scalability of NoSQL. The data containment model and distributed SQL transactions introduced in Couchbase Server 7.0 give developers a familiar programming model on a distributed database. In addition, there are 30 other innovations covering query, search, eventing, analytics and geo-replication. No other database has organically fused all of these capabilities in a single database. These innovations give developers an astonishing advantage to build modern enterprise applications for a connected world."

Couchbase Server 7 is now generally available and can be downloaded here.

Published Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:36 PM by David Marshall
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