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Comcast, Numberly, FireEye Among Winners of 2019 ScyllaDB User Awards

Real-time big-data innovations wow record crowd at ScyllaDB Summit 

SCYLLA SUMMIT, SAN FRANCISCO —  November 6, 2019 — In front of its largest-ever audience at ScyllaDB Summit 2019, ScyllaDB announced the winners of its second annual ScyllaDB User Awards.

This year’s ScyllaDB User Awards recognized industry leaders such as Comcast, Dynamic Yield,, FireEye and Grab for real-time big data innovation in nine categories, all using ScyllaDB’s powerful scale-up/scale-out database.

The complete list of winners includes:

  • Most innovative use of ScyllaDB: Numberly
  • Greatest node reduction with ScyllaDB: Comcast
  • Best ScyllaDB Cloud use case: Dynamic Yield
  • Best real-time use case: Opera
  • Best analytics use case:
  • ScyllaDB community member of the year: Yannis Zarkadas
  • Best use of ScyllaDB with Kafka: Grab
  • Best use of ScyllaDB with Spark: Tubi
  • Best use of ScyllaDB with a graph database: FireEye

Winners showed off cutting-edge use cases, such as FireEye, which uses ScyllaDB alongside ElasticSearch as backend storage for a +2.5TB JanusGraph database with more than 600 million vertices and more than 1.2 billion edges.

“JanusGraph supports multiple NoSQL databases for backend storage, but we did a comparative study with respect to our use case and business requirements and found ScyllaDB was the best,” said Rahul Gaikwad, Principal DevOps Engineer at FireEye. “When we compared our previous custom-graph performance with JanusGraph and ScyllaDB together, adding ScyllaDB made performance about 10X times faster. ScyllaDB turned out to be a game-changer for us.”

Other winners showed off performance gains from switching to ScyllaDB and its unique scale-up/scale-out architecture. Comcast, for instance, slashed its hardware and maintenance costs by replacing 962 Cassandra servers with just 78 ScyllaDB nodes. Opera, meanwhile, dropped its read-request latency from 5000ms to 4ms by replacing Cassandra with ScyllaDB, while reducing write-request latency from 500ms to 4ms.

Yannis Zarkadas from data management company Arrikto was winner of Best ScyllaDB Community Member for his work on the Kubernetes Operator for ScyllaDB. He said: “Working on the Kubernetes Operator as part of my diploma thesis at Arrikto was a great experience. The ScyllaDB team was always there if I needed advice or suggestions, and the Operator turned out even better than I’d hoped. ScyllaDB and Kubernetes are a natural fit.”

“The range and results of the submissions we received this year we’re inspiring,” said ScyllaDB CEO Dor Laor. “It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of our ScyllaDB Summit, recognizing some of the incredible things our customers are doing with ScyllaDB. This year’s winners are the most impressive yet.”

About ScyllaDB

ScyllaDB is the monstrously fast and scalable NoSQL database. A drop-in alternative to Apache Cassandra and Amazon DynamoDB, ScyllaDB embraces a shared-nothing approach that increases throughput and storage capacity as much as 10X that of Cassandra. AdGear, AppNexus, CERN, Comcast, Grab, IBM Compose, Intel,, MediaMath, Ola Cabs, Samsung and many more leading companies have adopted ScyllaDB to realize order-of-magnitude performance improvements and reduce hardware costs. ScyllaDB is available in Open Source, Enterprise and fully managed Cloud editions. ScyllaDB was founded by the team responsible for the KVM hypervisor and is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Eight Roads Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, Magma Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung Ventures, TLV Partners, Western Digital Capital and Wing Venture Capital. For more information:

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