IBM Cloudant: Database as a Service Fundamentals

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 24 March 2015, updated 25 March 2015

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ISBN-10: 0738454168
ISBN-13: 9780738454160
IBM Form #: REDP-5126-00
(98 pages)

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Authors: Christopher Bienko, Marina Greenstein, Stephen E Holt, Richard T Phillips


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication shows how the IBM Cloudant fully-managed database as a service (DaaS) enables applications and their developers to be more agile. As a part of its data layer, clients have access to multi-master replication and mobile device synchronization capabilities for occasionally connected devices. Applications can take advantage of Cloudant advance real-time indexing features for ad hoc full text search via Apache Lucene, online analytics via MapReduce, and advance geospatial querying.

Mobile applications can use a durable replication protocol for offline sync and global data distribution, as well as a geo-load balancing capability to ensure cross-data center availability and optimal performance. The Cloudant RESTful web-based application programming interface (API), flexible schema, and capacity to scale massively are what empowers clients to deliver applications to market faster in a cost-effective, DBA-free service model.

This Redpaper is the second in a series of IBM Redbooks publications on Cloudant. Be sure to read the others: IBM Cloudant: The Do-More NoSQL Data Layer, TIPS1187 and IBM Cloudant: Database-as-a-service Advanced Topics, REDP-5189.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Survey of the database landscape
Chapter 2. Build more, grow more, and sleep more with IBM Cloudant
Chapter 3. Introduction to JSON and fundamentals of document data stores
Chapter 4. Primary index
Chapter 5. Building and querying the secondary index
Chapter 6. Building and querying the search index
Chapter 7. Cloudant Query

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