Cloudant announced that the Cloudant Data Layer, the company’s distributed NoSQL database service, is now available on Windows Azure as part of a Microsoft initiative to provide developers with access to a range of cloud technologies from various providers to best serve new, fast-growing Web and mobile applications running on Windows Azure.
The Cloudant Data Layer is a managed NoSQL database service for developers of fast-growing Web and mobile apps. With an Apache CouchDB-compatible, RESTful JSON API, built-in MapReduce, data replication and synch, and full-text search, Cloudant enables fast development and distributes data across the global network of Windows Azure data centers for fault-tolerant, low-latency access to users everywhere. Cloudant is operated and scaled by the big data experts at Cloudant, so that users can stay focused on new development, not database administration.
Cloudant’s strategic relationship with Microsoft continues Cloudant’s own work to bring its database-as-a-service product to public cloud providers and cloud application platforms. Cloudant’s NoSQL database services are now available to Windows Azure customers. Cloudant will also be integrating its service into the Windows Azure Marketplace.
“Applications deliver a much better user experience if their data is deployed closer to users, versus halfway across the world,” said Derek Schoettle, CEO of Cloudant. “Cloudant’s ability to distribute data to Windows Azure datacenters around the world means we can move dynamic database data as close as possible to the network edge — even to individual mobile devices. As a result, applications on Windows Azure can grow faster and support new usage models such as disconnected computing with mobile replication and sync.”