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Super App Grab Partners with ScyllaDB

Southeast Asia’s Leading Super App Taps Scylla’s Real-Time NoSQL Database for High-Performance, Low-Latency Operations

ScyllaDB announced that Southeast Asia’s leading super app, Grab, is using Scylla Enterprise to support real-time data processing and time series data for the millions of transactions it processes every day.

Grab offers a wide range of everyday services such as on-demand rides, food and package delivery and mobile payments. The Grab app has been downloaded over 152 million times and its service area covers Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Every Grab transaction needs to be processed in near-real time.

To ensure its operations stay fast, responsive and reliable, Grab developed a microservices architecture based on data streaming with Apache Kafka. These streams not only power Grab’s business, they provide a vital source of intelligence.

Grab’s engineering teams aggregate and republish the streams using a low-latency metadata store built on Scylla Enterprise, a massively scalable real-time NoSQL database designed for high-performance applications. Coded ‘close to the metal’ in C++, Scylla Enterprise offers high availability with improved latency, throughput, resource efficiency and fault tolerance.

Grab’s Trust and Safety Engineering team uses the metadata stored in Scylla to monitor and analyze activity streams for signs of illicit transactions. It needs to stay one step ahead of scammers who are constantly evolving their strategies, looking for ways to cheat the platform.

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“In addition to the Trust and Safety Engineering team, the Scylla Enterprise data store serves a number of other use cases across the organization,” said Brian Trenbeath, a Technical Program Manager at Grab.

“Scylla does a fantastic job for us in helping Grab process the massive amounts of data generated everyday, and turns it into usable information for the rest of the business. When you deal with millions and millions of events coming in everyday, being able to efficiently find and remove duplicate events, pull together aggregate data, and run joins across multiple real-time streams can be challenging. But ScyllaDB is enabling us to do just that, and we’ve just gotten started!”

Brian Trenbeath also praised Scylla’s cost-efficiency and low operational overhead.

“During our busiest periods, rush hour and the weekend, peak load can hit many tens of thousands of operations per second. Scylla Enterprise handles everything with ease using just one five-node AWS cluster.”

As ScyllaDB’s premium database product, Scylla Enterprise offers the highest level of QA, scale, security and performance testing, along with client-customized hot-fixes, formal EOL policies, and 24/7 support from the Scylla development team. ScyllaDB also offers Scylla Enterprise as a managed service, Scylla Cloud, and provides an open-source distribution.

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