The battle to decide which database technology will define the future of Big Data continues to rage, but the NoSQL camp scored a victory today with the announcement of a new partnership between Talend and Couchbase. The agreement will connect Talend's open source Big Data platforms to the enterprise NoSQL software developed by Couchbase.
More specifically, the deal certifies both of Talend's two main Big Data products, Talend Platform for Big Data and Talend Open Studio for Big Data, for use with Couchbase Server, a NoSQL database server. At the center of the value proposition is the combination of user-friendly Big Data management, which is Talend's hallmark, with enterprise-class NoSQL software from Couchbase. As Talend put it in a statement:
Talend's industry leading Big Data support includes a graphical environment and components that make Big Data easy to use and easy to access. With support for Couchbase's leading NoSQL database, Talend provides high-performance, real-time read/write access to Big Data. This support also extends the scope of Talend's integration across the full spectrum of transactional, operational and analytic data sources found in enterprise big data environments. Talend's enterprise integration platform enables the seamless flow of information between these diverse data sources.
The partnership is important for two key reasons. First, it continues the momentum of open source within the Big Data world. So far, the open source community has produced leading software tools for Big Data infrastructure, including Hadoop and OpenStack. But it has been a bit less innovative when it comes to next-generation database systems like NoSQL. The Talend-Couchbase deal, however, strengthens the connection between NoSQL and the open source ecosystem, since both companies have strong ties to the open source community. Talend has an open source core, while Couchbase maintains an open focus through the Couchbase Open Source Project.
Second, this news is of interest for Big Data stakeholders trying to predict which database technology will become the bedrock of large information systems in the future. Traditional relational databases such as MySQL are increasingly falling out of favor with developers and administrators, giving greater luster to more flexible systems like NoSQL. NoSQL has hardly won the day yet, but its integration with Talend's user-friendly deployment tools gives it a leg up as enterprises build the next generation of data infrastructure.