IBM Cloudant

What is IBM Cloudant?

IBM Cloudant is a managed NoSQL JSON database service.

Cloudant is an IBM software product, delivered as a cloud-based service, based on the Apache-backed CouchDB project and the open source BigCouch project.

IBM Cloudant is a fully managed JSON document store for progressive web and mobile applications that maintain data access, optimized for data availability, durability, and mobility. It is integrated data management, search, and analytics engine designed for web applications.

This service is being used across the organization for big data analytics, amongst other things for text analytics as it permits unlimited index fields. It is an operational
data store, for storing and indexing JSON documents, and can handle concurrent reads & writes.

IBM Cloudant scored 92/100 (Top 3 in Backend / Database) in the Backend / Database category. This is based on user satisfaction (83/100), press buzz (71/100), and other relevant information on IBM Cloudant gathered from around the web.

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IBM Cloudant Review

Editors' Review by the Backend / Database Software Review Team

Non-relational, scalable, fully managed NoSQL Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS).

IBM Cloudant is a backend/database software product by IBM delivered as a cloud-based service.It is designed and best used for progressive mobile and web applications that handle a variety of structured and unstructured data as it ensures smooth and continuous data flow between the application and the database without downtime. This allows users to focus more on the application development and not exhaust resources on database administration.

With the growing demand for data access, apps are expected to manage big data analytics. IBM Cloudant is the first to maximize the availability, flexibility and reach of the cloud to create a DDN.

How IBM Cloudant works

IBM Cloudant is designed to ensure the flow of data between the database and web application remains uninterrupted and high-performing while being accessible and remaining fault-tolerant.

With Cloudant, data is hosted and globally managed by experts 24/7. The ongoing database monitoring and infrastructure maintenance are handled by engineers so owners can focus more on developing your website and application.

Cloudant can handle billions of transactions per day. As it is efficient in handling volumes of data, it boosts the persistence layer of the app and can save owners loss of revenue and income. Its sync technology makes the Cloudant cluster reliable and highly accessible for users. It is flexible and adapts to the changes of your app architecture.

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Benefits of IBM Cloudant?

Secure, high-performing DBaaS platform

Cloudant is hosted on SSAE-16 cloud platforms: Rackspace, IBM SoftLayer, Amazon Web Services and Windows Azure. It also has in-flight and at-rest data encryption and database, document and field-level security permissions.

Flexible data storage

Cloudant stores data as JSON documents. It is excellent for a variety of data and is recommended for fast-changing data models. It also allows you to modify fields without having to redesign the database and allows any file type attachment to JSON documents

Management and monitoring

Cloudant staff is on call 24/7. They operate, scale, monitor and layer the data. Cloudant has 34 data centers hosted by five cloud providers in five continents and nine countries.
Scalable and durable database transactions
Cloudant has automatic data partitioning, is built for mixed read and write operational workloads, can save multiple and replicated copies of data which is saved and backed up on nodes, data centers and even cloud providers so your web and mobile apps can function properly in case a fault occurs.

Available, always on DDN

Cloudant can replicate and sync data across data centers; public or private cloud platforms on whatever device. When the device is offline, users can still access the data and syncs it when an internet connection is available.

API and integration

Cloudant can define indexes and complex analytics via MapReduce. It has libraries available for various languages which can be accessed directly from the browser or an app server.
Advanced data indexing services

Adding advanced data processing to your apps can be very easy with Cloudant. There is no need to use multiple databases or write complex integration codes with Cloudant’s advanced data indexing services.

How much does it cost?

IBM Cloudant’s pricing is measured based on provisioned throughout capacity and data storage used. There are two plans available:

The Lite plan is free and ideal if you want to test out Cloudant before buying. The plan comes with 1GB storage with a threshold for lookups, writes and queries.
Base Price: FREE

  • Provisioned Throughout Capacity (per second)
  • Lookups: 20
  • Writes: 10
  • Queries: 5
  • Disk Space: 1GB

The Standard plan comes with a base cost and has 20GB storage. The throughput capacity can be configurable depending as your application requirements change.

Base Price: $0.11/hour ($80/month)

  • Lookups: 100
  • Writes: 50
  • Queries: 5
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Overage:
  • $.0014/GB-hour
  • $1/GB-month

Base Price: $1.05/hour ( $760/month)

  • Lookups: 1000
  • Writes: 500
  • Queries: 50
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Overage:
  • $.0014/GB-hour
  • $1/GB-month

Base Price: $1.05/hour ($760/month)

  • Lookups: 5,000
  • Writes: 2,500
  • Queries: 250
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Overage:
  • $.0014/GB-hour
  • $1/GB-month

Base Price: $21.00/hour ($15,300/month)

  • Lookups: 20,000
  • Writes: 10,000
  • Queries: 1,000
  • Disk Space: 20GB
  • Overage:
  • $.0014/GB-hour
  • $1/GB-month

Is IBM Cloudant right for my web/mobile app?

If you are a big enterprise generating volumes of data, IBM Cloudant is an ideal cloud-based service for you.

With the Lite plan, you are able to gauge and evaluate the service and its pros and its cons so you can determine if it is ideal for your web or mobile app.

Cloudant aims to give owners a smooth and hassle-free data management experience. It is efficient, smart and one of the best ways to do data management.

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IBM Cloudant Product Overview

  • Managed NoSQL JSON database service

  • Updates apps without downtime

  • Ensures continual data flow

  • Global availability

  • Data flexibility: JSON data store

  • Includes mobile sync libraries for both iOS® and Android

  • Integrated geospatial operations and search

  • Stores data of any structure

  • Continuously synchronizes data

  • Increases scale and uptime

Languages Supported: English

IBM Cloudant Features

  • API
  • Batch Permissions & Access
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • External Integrations
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons
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IBM Cloudant Pricing Plans


  • 20 Lookups
  • 10 Writes
  • 5 Queries
  • 1 GB Disk Space Included


1 user(s) / month
  • 100 Lookups
  • 50 Writes
  • 5 Queries
  • 20 GB Disk Space Included
  • Disk Space Overage $1/GB-month


1 user(s) / month
  • 1,000 Lookups
  • 500 Writes
  • 50 Queries
  • Disk Space Overage $1/GB-month
  • 20 GB Disk Space Included


1 user(s) / month
  • 5,000 Lookups
  • 2,500 Writes
  • 250 Queries
  • 20 GB Disk Space Included
  • Disk Space Overage $1/GB-month


1 user(s) / month
  • 20,000 Lookups
  • 10,000 Writes
  • 1,000 Queries
  • 20 GB Disk Space Included
  • Disk Space Overage $1/GB-month

Plans starting from: $75.00/month Credit card required: No

IBM Cloudant FAQs

Does IBM Cloudant offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

Email support, FAQ, Knowledge base, Video Tutorials, Webinar

What is IBM Cloudant generally used for?

As a noSQL database across the organization for big data analytics.

What are some applications IBM Cloudant is commonly used in tandem with?


Does IBM Cloudant offer an API?

Yes, it offers RESTful API

Does IBM Cloudant integrate with any other apps?

It integrates with various apps, like: Watson Virtual Agent, IBM Service Discovery, Chef Watson, IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk, IBM Event Ledger, Vehicle Data Hub, and more.

What platforms does IBM Cloudant support?


Does IBM Cloudant offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?


Who are the main user groups of IBM Cloudant?

Cloudant is being used by big enterprises. It is best suited for highly scalable environments as it comes with data base as a service.

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