Case Studies

Hear from Our Users Why They Love Scylla

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“Running the same workload on other solutions would have cost us more than three times as much as Scylla.”

Aravind Srinivasan, Software Engineer, Grab

“Since Scylla did very well out of the box, we ended up spending a lot of time on other databases—mainly Hbase and Cassandra—to make them more comparable to Scylla. But of course we failed miserably. They still don’t perform as well as Scylla.”

Ted Chang and Chin Huang

Scylla is Cassandra but it’s fast. That’s why we chose it. I’ve never seen a database as fast.

Jean-Baptiste Dalido, Head of Infrastructure, Zen.ly

“We have observed a huge reduction in read latency by migrating from Cassandra to Scylla which enabled us to easily meet our SLAs.”

Andrew Katz CTO & Founder, mParticle

…with Scylla you’ve got open source development methodology providing that very fast delivery so you’ve got the best of today’s worlds.”

Frank Ober, Solutions Architect, Intel

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“We have been using Scylla in production for around 5 months now. Some of our microservices have 99-tile latencies in the ~5 milliseconds, thanks to Scylla 🙂 We are getting great performance at a fraction of the cost.”

Soumya Simanta Architect, Ola Cabs

“We have a 47-node cluster across 5 data centers. With ScyllaDB we were able to reduce hardware cost and achieve great throughput and latency. Had we used Apache Cassandra for the same use case, we estimated that the cluster would have been at least twice as large.”

Andrew Sweeney, VP of Engineering at AppNexus

Outbrain is the world’s largest content discovery platform, with over 557 million unique visitors and 250 billion personalized content recommendations every month. One of the key components of Outbrain content delivery path is the document database, holding 2 billion records.
“The excellent performance of ScyllaDB means we can save lots of money adopting ScyllaDB against other NoSQL databases.”

Kuyul Noh & Junghyun Park

“From Scylla, compared to our Cassandra deployment, we’re using about half the amount of hardware. We get lower latencies that are also much more predictable, which is perfect for our use case.”

David Haguenauer, Software Engineer – Data, AdGear

The best thing about Scylla so far, apart from the performance out of the box, is the team that is very supportive and helpful.”

Miguel Martinez Pedreira, Computer Engineer, CERN

“We really like Cassandra. With Scylla, there’s obviously no JVM so cutting out those problems from the list and just having to configure things properly for a Cassandra-type system or a Dynamo-type system is great.”

Keith Lohnes and David Pitera, Software Engineers, IBM

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Some of our users share what they like best about Scylla.

“What issues I did have, I managed to get help with before we even signed the enterprise contact. By email they were responsive within a day or two. And by Slack they were responsive within minutes, usually.”

Kyle Rudy

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“Scylla fit our needs perfectly because it doesn’t suffer the issues like garbage collection that come with other databases.”

Andrej Chu, Software Engineer, Sizmek

“(My favorite thing about Scylla is) The number of concurrent operations that can be processed—meaning how quickly we can do the work we need to do.”

Brent Williams, Engineer, Snapfish

“I like dealing with Scylla as a company. The employees have been extremely friendly. They’ve been very approachable, very easy to talk to.”

Brian Hawkins, Engineer, Proofpoint

“What I like most about Scylla is the latency it gives us, no matter what traffic is, no matter what happens it’s just a straight line. No spikes, no weird behaviors.”

“Real-Time Bidding (RTB) is highly sensitive to latency. Scylla’s multi-region deployment provides the latency we need, combined with high throughput per node.”

Eugene Yusim
Director of Engineering, Storygize

“In short, Scylla rocks….It does exactly what we need (distribute a Cassandra load) runs very fast, and allows us to generate reports against historical data without waiting a month. Still using it. Still going to use it. Love it.”

Mac Smith
Linux Developer, CPI Card Group

Compose, an IBM company, allows developers to get production-ready databases in minutes. Developers can choose the best OSS database technologies to power their applications and let Compose do the heavy lifting behind the scenes.
Instinctive.io supplies a best-in-class marketing platform for publishers and advertisers and is the first provider of native content and native advertising to shift toward transacting on attention.

“Scylla’s low latency allows us to respond to real-time bids faster than ever before. We are already using Scylla on production on 3 different GCE regions, and plan to use it for more use cases soon.”

Stéphane Dugelay
CTO, Mediarithmics

“Scylla reduced our latency to a level of single digit millisecond without changing a single line of code.”

Terry Ma
Software Engineer, Musical.ly

“Compared to other distributed database management systems, Scylla allows us to run operations in a fraction of the time. As a result, we have kept our cluster healthy, our latency low, and our clients happy.”

Noam Hasson
Big Data Team Leader, Kenshoo

“Thanks to Scylla’s superior performance over Cassandra we saved operational and capital costs. More than a year in production, Scylla is serving 600,000 requests per second.”

FengLin (MengYe Shen), Mogujie

“It is fast. We have started to get used to seeing latencies in the microseconds as opposed to milliseconds.”

Henrik Johansson Senior Developer, Eniro

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“When we heard of a Cassandra drop-in-replacement we were skeptics. But very quickly we found it is all true—not only were the latency and GC issues completely gone, better hardware utilization allowed us to shrink the cluster size by half!”

Gabriel Mizrahi CTO, Investing.com

“One of my favorite aspects about Scylla is how it’s written. It’s self-tuning and looks at the hardware and that saves administrators time greatly. And you get a product that does what it’s supposed to do without having to be a leading authority on the topic.”

Joshi Fullop

“ScyllaDB is the kind of Open Source project we love at Numberly: a core of talented and benevolent people powering a smart and lightning fast piece of software!”

Alexys Jacob-Monier, Chief Technology Officer, Numberly

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“Scylla makes the right tradeoffs, taking the best of Cassandra while avoiding the downsides.”

Doug Stuns, Cassandra/Scylla Architect, GPS Insight

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“To be honest, I’ve spent zero time trying to figure out what’s going on. Scylla just works.”

Ophir Horn, Head of Engineering, TellusLabs

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