Couchbase has announced a new Capella columnar service on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The announcement has come at AWS re:Invent 2023, taking place in Las Vegas this week. It claims that the new service will “enable organizations to harness real-time analytics to build adaptive applications”

Scott Anderson, SVP of product management and business operations at Couchbase (Image Credit: LinkedIn)
Scott Anderson, SVP of product management and business operations at Couchbase

Scott Anderson, SVP of product management and business operations at Couchbase, said, “To gain a competitive advantage and accelerate business opportunities, organizations are investing in real-time, adaptive applications that are contextual, hyper-personalized and intelligent. Real-time analytics are paramount to delivering these adaptive applications, and AI is making them even better and more strategic.

“With columnar in our Capella DBaaS, for the first time organizations can easily build adaptive applications powered by real-time analytics in a single JSON-based platform. We are eliminating the latency gap that has forever existed between analytics and operational databases while making it easier for development teams to include the required real-time analytic measures into their adaptive applications.” 

What is Capella columnar?

Couchbase describes Capella columnar as “a new service that introduces a columnar store and data integration into the Capella Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), thereby allowing for real-time data analysis on the same platform as operational workloads. By converging operational and real-time analytic applications into one database platform, Couchbase removes friction to deliver a premium customer experience.”

It lists four things that customers will get from the Capella columnar service:

  • Improve agility and performance: Capella columnar eliminates the need for extract, transform and load (ETL) when ingesting data. Its real-time analytics on operational data allows it to immediately influence application behaviour with that information
  • Stream ingestion from enterprise data sources in real time: It allows users to include external JSON, relational, streaming and other datasets from SaaS applications or other database management sources. A single Capella columnar statement can analyze data from Couchbase, S3, BSON, Cassandra, DynamoDB and MySQL all in the same statement.
  • Increase ease of use for developers: Allows SQL++ query language to be used across operational and real-time analytic applications. The new service also features natural language-powered Capella iQ as a SQL++ co-pilot for faster coding.
  • Reduce complexity and cost: Combining operational and real-time analytics in one data platform, means a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Enterprise Times: What does this mean?

Better analytics are something that many organisations are working towards. For many, however, that means unwanted complexity. It ranges from the analytics tools to the challenge of multiple data sources. What Couchbase is offering, is a reduction in complexity and an increased ease of building queries.


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