About Equifax and Couchbase
In the U.S., the financial data company Equifax is best known for providing credit scores used by lenders to make consumer loans. When the Federal National Mortgage Association announced major changes in their credit score requirements, Equifax had to act fast. The company decided to switch to a NoSQL database to get the high performance and scalability needed to provide 5-millisecond response times in a system handling 1.5 billion constantly changing records. After evaluating Couchbase against MongoDB and Redis, Equifax decided Couchbase was the clear winner. The most important differentiator was Couchbase’s Multi-Dimensional Scaling, which Equifax uses to scale individual workloads separately. Equifax was also able to quickly and easily implement disaster recovery using Couchbase’s cross datacenter replication (XDCR) and master-master replication scheme. The operations team was sold on the power of the Memcached protocol and RESTful API for system monitoring and management. Developers liked the simplicity and flexibility of N1QL, Couchbase’s SQL-based query language for JSON. By replacing Hadoop with RxJava, the development team was able to process 300+ million documents in 40 minutes. Couchbase’s technical support team sealed the deal by partnering closely with Equifax during the intense 24/7 production cycle in the months prior to launch.
In order to support a new Fannie Mae 24-month, online, trended data requirement, we had to build a system that merged information from three different credit reporting sources as well as real-time, online updates.Jay Duraisamy VP Technology, Equifax
Equifax powers the financial future of individuals and organizations around the world. Using the combined strength of unique trusted data, technology and innovative analytics, Equifax has grown from a consumer credit company into a leading provider of insights and knowledge that helps its customers make informed decisions. The company organizes, assimilates and analyzes data on more than 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide, and its databases include employee data contributed from more than 6,600 employers. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.