International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has acquired hosted NoSQL database provider company Cloudant. Cloudant offers a version of the Apache CouchDB open source data store. Cloudant’s BigCouch can be run on multiple servers and offers a way to build and maintain a fast data store for a front-end application. IBM will be integrating the BigCouch service for big data and analytics products and service. IBM will also integrate the MobileFirst portfolio of tools for developing mobile applications.
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Cloudant has raised $12 million in Series B funding from Devonshire Investors, Rackspace Hosting, and Toba Capital. Cloudant is a distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) that allows developers of fast growing web and mobile apps to focus on building and improving products rather than worrying about scaling and managing databases of their own.
Samsung Electronics has invested in a cloud-based mobile enterprise company called Cloudant. Cloudant is a database-as-a-serve company that was even backed by the U.S. CIA agency as a customer and investor. Other investors in Cloudant includes Y Combinator and Avalon Ventures. Cloudant was a Y Combinator class in 2008.