Case Study: The Weather Channel Companies


This case study of The Weather Channel Companies is based on a October 2014 survey of Riak customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Riak provides a simple, scalable and easy to use solution to our global data set problems.”

“Basho is a great company to work with. They are eager to help and always there to support.”


  • Chose a new (NOSQL) database technology over a legacy relational database (RDBMS) for the following reasons:
    • Required a solution that would scale more easily
    • Wanted to solve a problem that RDBMS could not easily solve
  • Chose to use Riak for the following reasons:
    • To meet scalability requirements
    • To support business growth expectations
    • For the simplicity of operations (fault tolerance, ease of management, stability)

Use Case

  • Evaluated the following vendors/products before purchasing Riak:
    • Cassandra/Datastax
    • MongoDB
  • Have 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: not differentiated
    • ease of operational support: very highly differentiated
    • easy to code: very differentiated
    • high availability: very highly differentiated
    • scalability up and down: very highly differentiated
  • Reduced the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) of their data base infrastructure > 75% by deploying Riak.
  • Increased productivity of their IT staff by 25 – 49% with Riak.

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