Cloudant Wins 2014 IBM Beacon Award for Best IBM SoftLayer-based Cloud Solution

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IBM Beacon Awards recognize IBM Business Partners for driving business value with smart, innovative solutions.

NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider Cloudant was named a winner of a 2014 IBM Beacon Award for Best IBM SoftLayer-based Cloud Solution. Each year, this honor is awarded to a select number of IBM Business Partners who have delivered exceptional solutions to drive business value and transform the way their clients and industries do business.

“Our customer Hothead Games experienced a surge in downloads when one of its mobile games was featured in the Apple App Store, overwhelming the application’s back-end. In order to scale to meet customer demand, Hothead Games switched from an on-premise database to Cloudant DBaaS running on IBM SoftLayer,” said Cloudant CEO Derek Schoettle. “Without IBM and IBM SoftLayer’s global network of data centers, Cloudant wouldn’t be able to provide this level of service and scalability to customers.”

The Beacon Awards are IBM’s premier Business Partner recognition program. Announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and selected by leading industry influencers and IBM executives from among hundreds of nominations, IBM's Beacon Awards recognize IBM Business Partners who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions resulting in client transformation and business growth. This year’s awards recognized Business Partner achievements across 27 award categories.

“This year’s Beacon Award winners are Business Partners who have truly demonstrated their ability to develop new, advanced approaches to solving challenges while also transforming the way their clients and industries conduct business,” said Marc Dupaquier, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners. We’re honored to recognize Cloudant for winning the Beacon Award for Best IBM SoftLayer-based Cloud Solution and for consistently delivering value to our mutual customers.”

For more information about the IBM Beacon Awards, including information about this year’s winners and finalists, please visit

To learn more about IBM PartnerWorld, a comprehensive Business Partner program that offers marketing and sales resources, training, certification and technical support to help create new revenue and market opportunities for IBM Business Partners, visit

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About Cloudant
Cloudant provides the world’s first globally distributed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for loading, storing, analyzing, and distributing operational application data for developers of large and/or fast-growing Web and mobile applications. Cloudant’s DBaaS is a managed service that helps developers eliminate the delays, costs, and distractions inherent in working with databases and their administrators, while providing unmatched scalability, availability, and performance. This capability accelerates time-to-market and time-to-innovation because it frees developers from the mechanics of data management so they can focus exclusively on creating great applications. Cloudant is privately held and backed by top-tier investors including Avalon Ventures, Devonshire Investors, the private equity firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments, In-Q-Tel, Rackspace® Hosting, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Toba Capital, and Y Combinator. For more information, visit

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