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Case Study: Samsung SDS Migrates to ScyllaDB for Higher Performance and Easier Maintenance

By Kuyul Noh & Junghyun Park

About Samsung SDS

A global IT services and solutions company with 57 offices spread across 31 countries, Samsung SDS enables growth and development for its clients through innovation utilizing information technology in data processing operations, system integration, IT services and current ICT services. Samsung SDS also provides purpose-built technology solutions in the areas of enterprise mobility, security, and advanced analytics.

Samsung SDS plays a pivotal role in improving IT competitiveness across the Samsung Group of companies.

Challenges with RDBMS

Samsung SDS was tasked with implementing higher performing and more scalable systems for a several Samsung businesses. A number of issues with their legacy systems stemmed from the database layer. As Kuyul Noh, principal data architect at Samsung SDS, explains, “The relational database we were using couldn’t meet the higher performance requirements of our business cases.”

Their criteria for selecting a new database included:

  • High throughput
  • Scalability
  • Consistent, low latency
  • Easy deployment and maintenance
  • Lower costs than their existing Oracle DBMS

The company decided to conduct an in-depth technical evaluation of NoSQL databases, including performance tests comparing ScyllaDB to Cassandra. The POC resulted in a clear winner.

ScyllaDB Outperforms Cassandra by 3X

Samsung SDS teams were impressed to see ScyllaDB’s advantages in throughput and latency. “ScyllaDB has excellent performance against Cassandra,” said Noh. “In our POC, ScyllaDB had three times better throughput and latency. Our customers have been very satisfied with the performance.”

“Its excellent performance means we can save lots of money adopting ScyllaDB over other NoSQL databases.”

– Kuyul Noh, Principal Data Architect, Samsung SDS

The Samsung SDS team also noted price and ease of maintenance as key factors. “ScyllaDB has an excellent maintenance architecture,” said Noh in reference to ScyllaDB’s autonomous database capabilities. “And its excellent performance means we can save lots of money adopting ScyllaDB over other NoSQL databases.” Noh also points to the quality of ScyllaDB support, whom he describes as “very highly responsive and reliable.”

Based on the success of their technical evaluation, Samsung began adopting ScyllaDB for a number of use cases, including manufacturing, IoT platform, communication and healthcare systems. As result of its close partnership with ScyllaDB, Samsung SDS is also now preparing a ScyllaDB managed service in the cloud.