Cloudant today announced the immediate availability of a new developer dashboard experience for users of the company's multi-tenant NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS). With Cloudant Dashboard 2.0, customers experience significant ease-of-use improvements in database development, administration and monitoring. The company is also contributing the software framework for the new dashboard, along with many of the modules that fit into it, to the open-source Apache CouchDB™ project.
The goal of the new dashboard is to make the Cloudant DBaaS easier to learn and use for software development organizations of all types and sizes. Some of the largest Web and mobile application developers in the world use Cloudant, as the company’s DBaaS is known for distributing data across continents, data centers, and devices to enable massive database scalability and continuous availability. To better complement broader development teams, Cloudant Dashboard 2.0 offers the following features:
? A rich code editor with syntax highlighting
? Fast, iterative development with the ability to preview secondary indexes
? A GUI for replicating data between Cloudant clusters and on-premises databases
? An integrated customer support portal
? The ability to monitor database usage and activity
? A cleaner UI for browsing JSON documents and defining Apache Lucene™ search indexes
“Using DBaaS already speeds up our time-to-market because we can all stay focused on new development while the experts at Cloudant keep our data layer running and growing,” said
The addition of rich code editors and the ability to preview secondary indexes in the new dashboard provide enhanced usability, especially for developers new to NoSQL databases. The new tools prevent mistakes in MapReduce code and JSON formatting errors, allowing developers to write code with Cloudant’s NoSQL DBaaS faster and more easily.
Much like an integrated development environment (IDE), the new code editor offers syntax checking and will reject invalid code. Developers can also preview the results of custom MapReduce functions used to define secondary indexes before fully processing large indexing jobs, preventing time-consuming and costly mistakes.
Managing replication jobs and search indexes is now easier than ever. Features that were previously accessed more efficiently through the Cloudant API are now better integrated into the dashboard. Database replication allows Cloudant customers to replicate an entire data set to a new database or synchronize changes with an existing one. In the new dashboard, developers simply pick source and target databases and then click “Replicate.”
Integrated Customer Support
Cloudant Dashboard 2.0 introduces a fully integrated customer support portal. Previously, customers had to email Cloudant’s support team. Now they can create support tickets and review open and closed cases directly through the dashboard.
“It’s our job to make Cloudant as easy as possible, so our customers can build more software, and grow,” said
Cloudant open-sourced some of the new dashboard code into the Apache CouchDB project, where it is now available as an experimental release. CouchDB 1.5 users can access it at localhost:5984/_utils/fauxton/. New dashboard tools now available to the open-source community include data browsing, rich code editors, syntax checking, and database replication.
For a free Cloudant account, go to https://cloudant.com/sign-up and get started.
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Cloudant provides the world’s first globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for loading, storing, analyzing, and distributing operational application data for developers of large and/or fast-growing Web and mobile applications. Cloudant’s DBaaS is a managed service that helps developers eliminate the delays, costs, and distractions inherent in working with databases and their administrators, while providing unmatched scalability, availability, and performance. This capability accelerates time-to-market and time-to-innovation because it frees developers from the mechanics of data management so they can focus exclusively on creating great applications. Cloudant is privately held and backed by top-tier investors including
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