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Today Nodejitsu is excited to announce that we have acquired IrisCouch along with its suite of Database-as-a-Service and npm products. This acquisition continues to enhance our toolset for our Enterprise and Public Cloud customers. There is a related press release available on

There are a number of reasons we are thrilled to bring IrisCouch into the Nodejitsu team:

1. Importance of Database-as-a-Service: Data is everything today. It drives forward development of both a technology and a business. Tightly integrating your database with your application can mean the difference between a successful or failed product. We have already been working with IrisCouch and our other database partners (like MongoLab) to ensure that the databases they created are co-located with our datacenter targets, and this acquisition will only improve that effort for Redis and Apache CouchDB.

2. Commitment to node.js: Node.js has been in our DNA since Nodejitsu was founded three years ago. Everything we’ve created is built on Node.js, Apache CouchDB, and Redis. One of the best parts about node.js is npm (the node package manager). It makes publishing and installing node modules as fun as it is to write them.

If you’re using npm today, you’re already using IrisCouch. But don’t take our word for it, listen to what Isaac Z. Schlueter, creator of npm and leader of the Node.js project had to say:

"IrisCouch has been the official host of the public npm registry since they were part of CouchOne (now Couchbase). They have provided top-notch service to the Node.js and npm community since day one, even going so far as to make modifications to Apache CouchDB itself for our security needs. I cannot recommend them highly enough."

Through the acquisition of IrisCouch, every node.js developer in the world will be using Nodejitsu every day. Our commitment to node.js and npm remains steadfast, you can count on us to ensure the public npm registry remains open, available, and reliable.

3. The Team: As part of the acquisition, both Jeff Jackson (IrisCouch CEO) and Jason Smith (IrisCouch CTO) will be joining the leadership team at Nodejitsu. Adding this wealth of high-caliber industry expertise to Nodejitsu will ensure that we are well equipped for the road ahead as we begin hyper-growth.

What’s going to change?

As part of this acquisition we will be rolling IrisCouch’s Database-as-a-Service for CouchDB and Redis directly into our public Platform-as-a-Service. This means that our users will be able to deploy their applications and databases from the same set of tools all backed by node.js. If you’re an existing IrisCouch user you will be notified and given ample time to migrate your IrisCouch account into a Nodejitsu account.

In addition to tightly integrating Database-as-a-Service into the Nodejitsu Public Cloud, we will be sunsetting their IrisNpm product over the next few months. If you’re an IrisNpm user today, you will be given ample time to ensure your private npm packages can be transferred.

Sunsetting IrisNpm was a tough decision but it will allow us to focus on offering the best Enterprise npm product to node.js power users. Interested in how a private npm workflow can help your team? Get in touch with our sales team today!

The road ahead

IrisCouch’s collection of technology, services, and talent join our recent announcement of OpsMezzo, fortifying the breadth of our offering to both developers and businesses.

Jason Smith marked this occasion in his own words by saying simply: “this is the first step of a thousand mile journey.”

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