Altibase enables a mega telco to have big data at its fingertips through its cutting-edge scale-out technology, sharding

Altibase Enables a Mega Telco to Have Big Data at Its Fingertips Through Its Cutting-Edge Scale-Out Technology, Sharding

A common belief is that relational databases lack horizontal scalability and have limitations in handling large data sets. Altibase has proven that this belief is no longer valid.


Altibase Corp. 

Sep 17, 2018, 08:45 ET

NEW YORKSept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This September, Altibase announces that a mega telco with hundreds of millions of subscribers has recently adopted Altibase for its sharding.

The telco had reached the breaking point due to an ever-increasing influx of data as its subscribers were rising exponentially, and the company had to add more and more services to stay competitive.

The company once considered adding new, more powerful high-end servers, but soon abandoned the option because it would break the telco’s budget. Instead, the telco decided to scale out its databases with the addition of cheap/economical commodity servers.

However, this option posed a problem too. Very few database vendors provided sharding technologies. And those that did were not relational databases. The vast majority of the telco’s applications ran on relational databases.

Then, the telco found Altibase — a relational database providing sharding technology.

Using Altibase’s sharding, the telco kept its existing servers and just added inexpensive commodity servers as needed — at a small fraction of the cost of the first option’s expensive high-end servers.

And using Altibase’s sharding, the telco didn’t have to make any changes to its existing systems running on relational databases. The execution was easy and quick.

With Altibase, the telco experienced almost no coordinator-related bottlenecks. And no matter how many servers were added, linear performance enhancement was maintained.

In sharding, coordinators are needed to manage and administer nodes between servers. But coordinators themselves are often a bottleneck, and the performance deteriorates as a result. Altibase is designed to super-minimize the use of coordinators and thus can accelerate performance.

Thanks to Altibase, the telco got just what it needed: big data at its fingertips.

After nearly 20 years as a closed source database, Altibase is now open source — and that includes its state-of-the-art sharding.

Learn more about Altibase at, and download its open source database including sharding at