When Open Source Doesn’t Do It Anymore

“CouchDB and CouchOne founder Damien Katz has created a stir
with his announcement that he and most of his team will be moving
away from continuing to develop the Apache CouchDB NoSQL database
and focusing extensively on the more commercially suited Couchbase
Server 2.0.

“In one of my predictions for 2012, I said that the NoSQL market
would continue to heat up and there would be consolidation in the
space. Well, it didn’t take long for some drama to develop. One of
the big moves in NoSQL in 2011 was the merger of Katz’s CouchOne,
developers of the Apache CouchDB with Membase, a NoSQL server that
had among its investors and customers some of the biggest names in
mega web apps. The new company was called Couchbase. I followed the
CouchDB and Membase story with posts and podcasts here, here and
here. I had a chance to talk with Katz before the merger and then
when the merger was announced. I also followed the company as they
raised significant new venture capital and continued to grow in the
not NoSQL space.”


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