We've been managing databases and big data since 2008. Cloudant came to be when three MIT physicists had to move multi-petabyte data sets around from the Large Hadron Collider. Frustrated by the available tools for managing and analyzing Big Data in their research, the founders built a distributed, fault-tolerant, globally scalable data layer on top of Apache CouchDB. The service and database has grown since then:


The Cloudant team joins Y-Combinator for a summer in Boston and wins its first customer as a NoSQL Database as a Service. The trio of physicists raises its first round of funding to continue working on the database and managed service.


Cloudant's first multi-tenant cluster goes live. Now, everyone can experience the power of Cloudant's NoSQL DBaaS in the browser. The company also sponsors NoSQL East, one of the first conferences with NoSQL in its name.


Cloudant gets acquired by IBM and becomes an integrated IBM product. Thanks to IBM Cloudant runs on cars, in the back in its mobile service, at core of its Internet of Things, and it's sold to enterprise clients.

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Why Cloudant?

Mike Miller, Co-founder & Chief Scientist