Cloudant, an IBM company, is a data store that offers a distributed Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution to organisations that do require NoSQL databases but that do not want to manage those systems. Cloudant is like a CDN for your database and it is a data management platform that leverages the availability, elasticity and reach of the cloud  to enable applications to scale easily and remain available regardless of where the users are.

It was built up from the ground-up in 2008 based on research work done at MIT, where data loads of up to 100 Petabytes per second had to be accommodated. The three MIT physicists needed to move analyse those petabytes of data whenever and wherever they wanted and as such Cloudant was born.

What Cloudant does is in fact create a data layer that can run on many of the well-known Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace or Joyent. This allows customers to select their own hosting-provider and then Cloudant will take care of all the operational challenges such as distributing the data behind the scenes, managing the little differences between different cloud providers and ensuring that everything is always on and available.

Cloudant gives developers of mobile and web applications that experience fast growth the possibility to focus on improving their product instead of having to worry about scaling and managing the databases. The data store can handle a wide variety of data types, including geospatial, full-text or JSON. Today Cloudant has customers like Samsung, Microsoft, Adobe and many others.



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Head Office

200 State St
United States

Countries Supported

United Kingdom





Size of Customers


Year Founded

May, 2008


Funding Received from Investors

Bought by IBM


Avalon Ventures, Devonshire Investors, Rackspace, Samsung Ventures

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