Case Study: Systems Adminitrator, Fortune 500 Insurance Company


This case study of a Fortune 500 insurance 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.


  • Chose a new (NOSQL) database technology over a legacy relational database (RDBMS) for the following reasons:
    • Needed a more cost effective solution
    • Required a solution that would scale more easily
  • Chose to use Riak for the following reasons:
    • 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 12 – 24 months.


  • Rates the following Riak capabilities as the following in terms of how differentiated they are from the competition:
    • High performance: very differentiated
    • Ease of operational support: very differentiated
    • Easy to code: very differentiated
    • High availability: very differentiated
    • Scalability up and down: very differentiated
  • Had a payback period of 6 – 9 months for their investment in Riak.
  • Reduced the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) of their data base infrastructure 25 – 49% by deploying Riak.
  • Increased productivity of their IT staff by 25 – 49% with Riak.

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