Couchbase updates mobile app platform with improved management controls, data-at-rest encryption

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Analysts are predicting that the market demand for mobile app development services will far outpace the capacity of IT organizations capacity to deliver them.

To help enterprises address this exploding demand for mobile apps, Couchbase on Thursday unveiled the latest version of its mobile app development platform, Mobile 1.2.

Couchbase competes with the likes of Mongo and Cassandra in the NoSQL database space. The company decided to jump into the mobile app space in 2014.

The mobile platform includes the Couchbase server, cloud-based gateway to manage secure connections to the Internet, and an embedded NoSQL database. Wayne Carter, chief architect of mobile at Couchbase, said that his firm is the only NoSQL vendor with a product specifically for mobile.

Couchbase Mobile 1.2 includes new management controls for adding and removing nodes and new install capabilities that simplify upgrades, making it easier to administer large enterprise deployments.

In addition, the platform encrypts data at rest on the device and offers enterprise-level encryption through SQLcipher.

"In Mobile 1.2, we wanted to take security further to data at rest on the client side. Because of the differences in way security is handled across platforms…we have integrated 256-bit AES full database encryption directly into the embedded database. So if you give us a set of encryption keys, we will encrypt and decrypt data as you read and write it to the embedded database…This is on top of file system encryption, which we also enable," Carter told FierceMobileIT.

Couchbase Mobile 1.2 also adds ForestDB, Couchbase's new pluggable storage engine, improving performance by two to five times compared to previous releases, according to Couchbase.

For more:
- check out the Couchbase release

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