- Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Database Management & Storage
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - Cloud Databases
- Product Research & Development
- Real-Time Location System (RTLS)
- Time Sensitive Networking
- Cloud Planning, Design & Implementation Services
Cabify, a Spain-based startup offering chauffeured car transport services, was experiencing rapid data growth as it expanded globally. The company's databases, which stored critical information on vehicle locations, routes, drivers, pricing, and payments, needed to be accessible in real time. Initially, Cabify ran its database services internally using Apache CouchDB. However, as the company grew, managing databases became a time-consuming task that distracted from its core business activities. The company was also grappling with the challenge of balancing the number of servers it could run and the staff time required to maintain them. The increasing difficulty in maintaining in-house databases led Cabify to seek a solution that would reduce operational costs, free up time for core activities, and provide a scalable data services platform to support its ambitious growth plans.
About The Customer
Cabify is a tech startup founded in 2011 in Spain. The company offers chauffeured car transport services primarily aimed at business users. Customers can order services online via web or mobile and make payments conveniently through their account or credit card. Cabify has over 100,000 users in Spain and is growing at a rate of 20 percent per month. The company is also expanding rapidly in Latin America. Databases are at the heart of Cabify’s business, storing crucial information on vehicle locations, routes, drivers, pricing, and payments that must be accessible in real time.
Cabify migrated to IBM Cloudant, a fully managed database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform built for the cloud. This platform provides a completely flexible, zero-schema database that enables companies to accelerate the development of scalable, adaptable applications capable of handling both structured and unstructured data. The Cloudant Dedicated Cluster service provided Cabify with seamless and essentially unlimited scalability. The company could easily add new servers to the cluster as it grew, without having to make any changes to the existing database. The Cloudant architecture also supported Cabify's global expansion ambitions by allowing the company to set up new replica databases in different countries to ensure high performance. Cabify also used Cloudant’s real-time replication capabilities to move data from the production environment to a secondary environment, from where it was exported to a SQL database for analytics.
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