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Couchbase introduces vector search, AI applications from cloud to edge; appoints new CIO

Couchbase introduces vector search, AI applications from cloud to edge; appoints new CIO

Cloud database platform company Couchbase recently launched vector search as a new feature in its Couchbase Capella Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) and Couchbase Server solution.

The company says vector search was introduced to help businesses bring to market a new class of AI-powered adaptive applications that engage users in a hyper-personalized and contextualized way.

Couchbase is the first database platform to announce it will offer vector search optimized for running onsite, across clouds, to mobile and IoT devices at the edge.

“Adding vector search to our platform is the next step in enabling our customers to build a new wave of adaptive applications, and our ability to bring vector search from cloud to edge is game-changing,” says Scott Anderson, SVP of product management and business operations at Couchbase.

“Couchbase is seizing this moment, bringing together vector search and real-time data analysis on the same platform. Our approach provides customers a safe, fast and simplified database architecture that’s multipurpose, real time and ready for AI.”

Elsewhere, Couchbase says it is extending its AI partner ecosystem with LangChain and LlamaIndex to further boost developer productivity. The company notes its integration with LlamaIndex aims to provide developers with more choices for LLMs when building adaptive applications.

“Retrieval has become the predominant way to combine data with LLMs,” says Harrison Chase, CEO and co-founder of LangChain.

“Many LLM-driven applications demand user-specific data beyond the model’s training dataset, relying on robust databases to feed in supplementary data and context from different sources. Our integration with Couchbase provides customers another powerful database option for vector store so they can more easily build AI applications.”

These new capabilities are expected to be available in the first quarter of Couchbase’s fiscal year 2025 in Capella and Couchbase Server and in beta for mobile and edge.

Couchbase hires new CIO

Couchbase also announced the appointment of Julie Irish as senior vice president and chief information officer. Expanding its executive leadership team, the company says Irish will drive Couchbase’s global IT strategy in alignment with the company’s business objectives.

“Julie’s appointment marks a key milestone in the next phase of Couchbase’s expansion, and we’re very pleased to welcome her as our first CIO,” said Matt Cain, chair, president and CEO of Couchbase.

“With an excellent track record and deep expertise in technology innovation, Julie’s leadership will further enable our world-class team as we scale beyond inflection and unlock the next phase of our growth with our database-as-a-service Couchbase Capella.”

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