MongoDB confirms an $80M funding round

NoSQL startup MongoDB is aiming to raise $100 million and has already taken in $79.9 million, according to a SEC document that the company filed this week and has confirmed to Gigaom.

The new cash influx comes after a $150 million funding round the startup landed in October 2013 when the company was then valued at $1.2 billion.

MongoDB is a hot commodity in the NoSQL database space, where it competes with Couchbase and DataStax, among others. In their last investment rounds, Couchbase and DataStax have raised $60 million and $106 million, respectively.

MongoDB has also been figuring out how to make money as a company that’s built around open source software. In October, MongoDB unveiled its MongoDB Management Service, designed to help users scale and manage their databases; the startup is banking that the new service will generate a lot of revenue. It also added paid support (or what it calls “production support”) for users of the free version in August, and brought in a new CEO with IPO experience the same month.

The startup recently bought out WiredTiger, whose storage engine technology should be available as an option for a forthcoming MongoDB release. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

With Hadoop vendor Hortonworks recently going public with a market cap of a little over a billion dollars, it’s clear the big data space is on fire and investors aren’t scared off by open source software. MongoDB has indicated that it eyes an IPO in its future, but this new funding round will give it leeway to find an optimal timeframe.

In October, MongoDB’s vice chairman and former CEO Max Schireson came on by the Structure Show to chat about databases as well as managing a family while trying to lead a fast-rising startup.

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Couchbase replaces its storage engine with homegrown ForestDB

Couchbase has built its own data store called ForestDB in order to boost the performance and efficiency of its family of NoSQL database offerings. ForestDB is open source and was designed with mobile devices and solid-state drives in mind.

A new startup called KuroBase is doing Couchbase as a service

If you’ve ever wanted to use the Couchbase NoSQL database but didn’t feel like managing servers, a San Mateo, Calif.-based startup called KuroBase says it has you covered with its new service. Cloud databases are already pretty popular with web developers running MongoDB, Postgres and even CouchDB (kind of, technically), but I believe this is a first for Couchbase. It could be popular, though, especially if developers are keen on Couchbase’s new ability to sync data between mobile devices and a central database.

Couchbase rolls out native NoSQL databases for iOS, Android

Couchbase is officially opening up two new technologies to mobile developers as part of a public beta program. Couchbase Lite is a lightweight database designed specifically for iOS and Android devices, while Cloud Sync Gateway syncs local data with a bigger database in the cloud.

NoSQL startup Couchbase raises $25M more

Couchbase, a startup selling a NoSQL database of the same name, has raised a $25 million series D round. Adams Street Partners led the round and was joined by existing investors Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund, North Bridge Venture Partners and Ignition Partners. Couchbase doesn’t have the huge user base of MongoDB or the edginess of HBase, but it does have some big-name users (including Orbitz) and the company claims sales jumped 400 percent in the last year.

Balancing Oracle and open source at Orbitz

Orbitz has transitioned a major system off of Oracle’s Coherence database and onto the NoSQL Couchbase Server, but the database giant still has a significant footprint in Orbitz’s data centers. It’s all part of being a big company trying to roll with the IT punches.

Flash storage never sleeps

Although the storage world is awaiting an M&A explosion if EMC actually acquires flash startup XtremIO, Violin Memory and Fusion-io are keeping the hits coming in the meantime. Fusion-io is bringing in new software partners, while Violin brought in another $30 million.

Does Zynga need to compete with Facebook on infrastructure?

Zynga is in a tricky position technologically thanks to its new frenemy status with Facebook. Zynga claims 240 million active users, and it wants a lot more, but scaling to those heights might require one heck of a computing infrastructure.