Case Study: Senior IT Architect, Medium Enterprise Retail Company


This case study of a medium enterprise retail company is based on a October 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.

“While it is early on, using Riak has opened up communication about moving our infrastructure to the cloud — people are thinking differently about how we build our products. The staff has been wonderful at Basho! From pre-sales to support, everyone has been prompt and detailed with responses.”


  • 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 scalability requirements
    • For the simplicity of operations (fault tolerance, ease of management, stability)
    • For the multi-model approach with integration of key/value, storage and search

Use Case

  • Evaluated the following vendors/products before purchasing Riak:
    • Cassandra/Datastax
    • MongoDB
  • Has been using Riak for 0 – 6 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: differentiated
    • Scalability up and down: very differentiated

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