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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04,Ninth Edition by Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Matthew Helmke

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CouchDB

CouchDB began in 2005 as a self-funded personal project of Damien Katz. In 2008, it was given to Apache, where development continues. The goal of CouchDB is to provide a database useful for serving web applications. The emphasis is on scalability and fault tolerance while using commodity hardware (Couch is an acronym for cluster of unreliable commodity hardware). This is not an easy task, but when done successfully it lowers costs.

CouchDB uses a RESTful HTTP API that is designed from the beginning to be used on and for the Web. All stored items have a unique uniform resource identifier (URI), and full create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) functions are available directly using standard HTTP calls, making CouchDB very easy to integrate ...

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