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From "Ronny Hanssen" <>
Subject Re: Inventory on CouchDB
Date Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:45:49 GMT
2008/9/11 Jason Huggins <>

And installing CouchDB on future versions of ubuntu will be as simple as:

"apt-get install couchdb"

Which is what I did last night on my

Seems to work flawlessly so far.


2008/9/11 Jason Huggins <>

> On Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM, Brad King <> wrote:
> > I have a vision for this great marriage of Postgres for inventory
> > quantity managment and CouchDB for customer specific product data
> > catalogs, but I'm struggling with what I think our Operations team can
> > realistically manage for keeping these CouchDB systems up, running ,
> > backed up, and easily deploying new servers for new customers.
> I suspect you might be making things more complicated for yourself by
> trying to use a Postgres *and* CouchDB solution. I think you'll have
> less stress in your life if you can just pick one and run with it.
> With that said, however, if you use a debian-based system like
> ubuntu... I found these instructions remarkable easy and clear for
> installing CouchDB:
> And installing CouchDB on future versions of ubuntu will be as simple as:
> "apt-get install couchdb"
> Regarding data backups, I fell in love with CouchDB's simple
> replication story after trying to figure out how to "architect" a
> real-time-replication and backup/restore strategy for MySQL for my
> Amazon EC2-based startup. Real-time replication (what MySQL people
> would call a Multiple Master-Multiple Slave setup) and backup/restore
> for CouchDB is child's play compared to the work involved for the
> other databases. (I used to be an Oracle DBA.) Since my data storage
> needs matched CouchDB's "document-centric" view of the world...
> CouchDB was a better fit for me -- but my "conversion experience" to
> CouchDB is mostly because of it's database backup and replication.
> Long story short --- if you pick CouchDB -- your operations team will
> probably love you for the work you just saved them. :-)
> > Is anyone else in the SaaS business taking the plunge here with
> > CouchDB.
> Yes! But alas, I'm in "stealth mode" with my startup -- so I can't go
> into any more detail, but I can say I'm betting on CouchDB in a big
> way.
> > Am I insane for even considering it?
> It depends... :-) Classic advice applies -- use the right tool for the
> job... If your data is "document-y" -- invoices, purchase orders,
> status reports, meeting notes -- a non-relational db like CouchDB
> might make more sense... If you feel like you're struggling to fit
> your data into CouchDB's world view... then it might be the wrong tool
> for you...
> Other great advice -- "your company's project isn't the school science
> fair" -- using relatively new technology - no matter how promising it
> is -- comes with higher risk for your project -- be prepared to find
> bugs and deal with API changes as CouchDB is still "pre 1.0". If
> "failure is not an option" for you -- don't treat your project as a
> grand science experiment of new technologies. Try doing a few
> proof-of-concepts with your idea and build-up technical experience
> with the tools and your proposed design before going "all in".
> Cheers,
> Jason Huggins, happy CouchDB user

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