Couchbase Server editions

Couchbase Server editions

Couchbase Server is available in several editions: enterprise, community, and open source.

Each edition offers different features and levels of support:

Enterprise edition (EE):
The enterprise edition represents the latest, most stable, production-ready release. We recommend EE binaries for commercial production systems. EE contains some unique features that make it the best fit for large production deployments running in data centers or in a public cloud infrastructure. These features, which are not available in the community edition, are listed in Table 1 . Our paid annual subscriptions for EE include a commercial license, technical support with service level commitments via our 24x7 support organization, as well as technical support and hot fixes for earlier releases.
Community edition (CE):
The community edition is best for noncommercial developers, where taking some time to figure out or resolve issues doesn’t result in major problems. There are no constraints on using these binaries in production systems, but they have not been subjected to the iterative test, fix, and verify quality assurance cycle that is a part of the enterprise edition release process and do not include the latest bug fixes. Documentation, mailing lists, and forums provide support for the Couchbase user community to help troubleshoot issues and answer questions.
Open source project:
The Couchbase Server open source project is a platform for innovation. Couchbase is committed to open source development and the open source project continues to serve as the foundation for both the community edition and the enterprise edition.

The following table shows which features are available only in the Enterprise Edition.

Table 1. Enterprise and community edition feature matrix
Feature EE CE
High availability & disaster recovery
Local replication Yes Yes
Cross data center replication (XDCR) Yes Yes
Rack awareness Yes No
Incremental backup and restore Yes No
Built-in account management Yes Yes
Encrypted administrative access Yes No
Encrypted data access Yes No
Encrypted XDCR Yes No