Pythian transforms worldwide media outlet with Cassandra

Customer Success

Pythian transforms worldwide media outlet with Cassandra 

A worldwide media outlet needed help to troubleshoot and resolve the root cause of recurring problems with Cassandra. Pythian quickly determined the performance and scalability issues.


One of the world’s leading business news organizations set a new standard for news delivery when they implemented a multi-tiered subscription program for web-based access to its news material. With 4.5 million registered users and over 600,000 paying subscribers, the organization relies on its database infrastructure to develop in-depth usage profiles of its membership to understand key interests and to grow advertising revenue.  

With business growth so tightly coupled to the performance of its database infrastructure, the organization chose Cassandra because of its strength in supporting geographically disperse infrastructures and for its ability to scale. They were using in-house resources to design and implement the system but ran into several performance issues and realized they lacked the internal knowledge to fully troubleshoot and resolve them. Pythian Cassandra’s experts were there to help. 

What we did

  • Recommended application modifications so end-user server statistics were processed in the Oracle database server instead of the web client 
  • Worked with the client’s developers to modify the Java UI and PL/SQL database code 

Technologies used

  • Cassandra

Key Outcomes

We brought in the Pythian Cassandra experts to help us resolve some very complex performance issues. They worked extremely well with our in-house resources, customizing their support to fit our specific needs rather than forcing a pre-set process on our organization. Their flexibility and broad skill set was beyond our expectations and we learned things about Cassandra and our own operations that will guide us in our future effort. 

– Client, Worldwide Media Outlet 

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