Paris, London, Helsinki – February 17, 2016 – A pioneer of the sharing economy with 25 million members across 22 countries, notably India and most recently Brazil, BlaBlaCar has quickly established itself as the world’s long distance ridesharing leader. Mass adoption of its service has revolutionised the long-distance transport market and BlaBlaCar now carries 10 million passengers per quarter and its application is used by over seven million visitors per month.
BlaBlaCar is growing exponentially and must ensure the global scalability of its data management platform, a crucial capability that requires a scale-out architecture. Improving the service for users of its applications as well as for the development teams and simultaneously meeting his marketing teams’ needs are challenges Nicolas Blanc, the Head of Platform Architecture at BlaBlaCar and his team know well.
Blanc observed: “Our needs are evolving rapidly, and our database solution must ensure high performance and total availability while at the same time allowing us to quickly and flexibly acquire new data sources. MariaDB is an ally thanks to its flexible and scalable design.”
In an environment which includes nearly 250 physical servers and a hundred virtual machines spread across two data centers, the flexibility of MariaDB’s architecture and the MariaDB Enterprise Cluster™ gives BlaBlaCar complete control of the consistency, reliability and scalability of its database applications.
At BlaBlaCar, some tables handle more than one million logs per day and the data archives’ volume exceed 1.5TB. The storage engine chosen was InnoDB which allows BlaBlaCar to manage the data’s consistency and integrity.
Using MariaDB Enterprise Cluster allows BlaBlaCar to have and maintain a highly available and scalable architecture without complex IT operations. The use of multi-source replication provided by MariaDB also simplifies the delivery of aggregated data for Business Intelligence via the indexing engine Elastic Search.
Nicolas Blanc explains: ‘‘Among the key criteria for us was technical expertise and the speed of response. BlaBlaCar did not hesitate to engage with MariaDB. Its technology is proven, we trust them and the service is excellent.’’
Serge Frezefond, Cloud Architect at MariaDB, says: ‘‘We are very proud to have BlaBlaCar as a customer. Their choice once again demonstrates MariaDB meets the needs of the fast-growing web players. BlaBlaCar is one of the world’s leading sharing economy companies who trust MariaDB with truly business-critical data.’’
MariaDB Corporation is a leader in open-source database solutions for SaaS, cloud, and on-premises applications that require high availability, scalability, and performance. Built by the founder and core engineering team behind MySQL, MariaDB is the “M” in LAMP, having displaced MySQL as the default database in the Red Hat and SUSE Linux distributions. MariaDB is also included in Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Rackspace and other cloud stacks, and it is the database of choice for IBM POWER8. MariaDB has over 9 million users in more than 45 countries, including global brands such as HP, Wikipedia, Virgin Mobile, and Booking.com. For more information, visit mariadb.com.