Case Study: CTO, Medium Enterprise Computer Software Company


This case study of a medium enterprise computer software company is based on a September 2014 survey of Riak customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“We’ve received extremely easy operations, good scalability, and well-functioning geo replicas from working with Riak. You don’t have to constantly think, “will this data fit my relational DB?” We enjoy working with Basho and Riak because they are extremely talented people and offer excellent support (even if we didn’t use it very often. Riak just works)."


  • Chose a new (NOSQL) database technology over a legacy relational database (RDBMS) for the following reasons:
    • Required a solution that would scale more easily
  • Chose to use Riak for the following reasons:
    • To meet performance and QoS SLAs
    • To meet scalability requirements
    • For the simplicity of operations (fault tolerance, ease of management, stability)

Use Case

  • Evaluated the following vendors/products before purchasing Riak:
    • Cassandra/Datastax
  • Has been using Riak for 24 – 36 months.


  • Rates the following Riak capabilities as the following in terms of how differentiated they are from the competition:
    • High performance: differentiated
    • Ease of operational support: very differentiated
    • Easy to code: differentiated
    • High availability: very differentiated
    • Scalability up and down: very differentiated

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