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2022’s Top Database Gamechangers: ScyllaDB Innovation Awards

Each year, the ScyllaDB Innovation Awards program honors teams who went above and beyond to deliver exceptional data-intensive applications. This year’s winners cover a broad range of NoSQL use cases–from AI/ML feature stores to cybersecurity threat detection and time-series data.

Introducing the 2022 ScyllaDB Innovation Award Winners

Please join us in congratulating this year’s ScyllaDB Innovation Award winners….

Greatest Technical Achievement: Palo Alto Networks

For architecting a solution using ScyllaDB as a high-performance low-latency database for network events *and* as a message queue. Their solution achieves near real-time correlation of millions of different types of network security events per second, from multiple different sources. [Palo Alto Networks recently shared details of this implementation at ScyllaDB Summit 2022.]

New User: Instacart

For their rapid implementation of ScyllaDB as a unified feature store for their company-wide Machine Learning initiative. Faster ingestion of company-wide Machine Learning pipeline data translates to more helpful recommendations for both customers and  shoppers.

Data for Good: The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

For developing, through its R&D Data Science team, an integrated, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven graph of biomedical knowledge to help researchers accelerate drug discovery. This innovative approach, recently presented at BioIT World, has taken knowledge graphs beyond the convention of standalone network visualizations and applied them across the company’s therapeutic areas to help enhance their understanding of the underlying mechanisms of diseases and interpretation of study results.

Smart Growth: IBM

For nearly doubling cluster storage capacity with zero request rejections despite internal system challenges such as server memory issues and disks with bad sectors. This feat was orchestrated by adding higher storage capacity nodes, decommissioning lower storage capacity nodes, updating ScyllaDB releases, and working closely with the ScyllaDB team.

Greatest Business Impact: Happn

For a strategically planned and flawlessly executed migration from 68B rows of data from Cassandra to ScyllaDB. The move from Cassandra to ScyllaDB reduced Happn’s TCO by 75%. [Happn recently shared details about this migration at ScyllaDB Summit 2022.]

Alternator DynamoDB API Achievement: China Mobile

For their use of Alternator, ScyllaDB’s DynamoDB-compatible API, to store metadata that is critical for realizing low-latency and high-performance metadata storage for the company’s next generation architecture. They were also an important contributor to the API’s development; they started using it in 2019 (pre-production), put it to the test, and helped make it an even better option for companies seeking a more flexible, cost-efficient alternative to DynamoDB.

ScyllaDB University Valedictorian: Meraj Rasool, SkyElectric

For his success completing the core ScyllaDB University courses plus his participation in ScyllaDB University Live. Meraj also invited his colleagues to ScyllaDB University and applied their lessons learned to more efficiently utilize ScyllaDB for SkyElectric’s production load.


“We are excited to recognize the impressive impacts that organizations are making through innovative game-changing applications” commented ScyllaDB CEO and co-founder Dor Laor. “Data is now at the core of every company’s success, and these industry leaders are instrumental to helping their companies transform that data into exceptional user experiences.”

Hear More from 2022 ScyllaDB Innovation Award Winners

Two award winners, Palo Alto Networks and Happn, shared their stories in detail at ScyllaDB Summit 2022. The conference also featured a host of innovations, strategies, and best practices that can help your team overcome your most complex database challenges.

Watch ScyllaDB Summit 2022 on demand

About Cynthia Dunlop

Cynthia is Senior Director of Content Strategy at ScyllaDB. She has been writing about software development and quality engineering for 20+ years.