Connecting consumers to content and businesses to customers



Customer application

  • Metadata management
  • Content management system

NoSQL Solution

Use case


Cloud provider

  • AWS

Key features

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Gannett is one of America’s largest media companies, reaching a digital audience of nearly 140 million people each month. After experiencing network outages and replication issues with SQL Server, Gannett decided to move their systems to a NoSQL database for greater reliability and flexibility. At the same time, they wanted a more portable infrastructure that fit their evolving hybrid cloud strategy. Couchbase not only delivered better performance and scalability than competitors like MongoDB™, but also cut Gannett’s licensing fees by 75%.

“We looked at multiple NoSQL options including MongoDB and Cassandra, and we really liked the architecture of Couchbase – the memory-first approach, N1QL, and cross datacenter replication.”

Platform Architecture Lead, Gannett


  • SQL Server caused outages and replication issues, while MongoDB was difficult to scale
  • User experiences have to work seamlessly across a wide variety of devices and content types
  • Hybrid cloud strategy requires easy database portability
  • Licensing fees were excessive


  • High reliability, simple scalability, and easy manageability
  • Flexibility to easily support multiple schemas using JSON documents
  • Couchbase is cloud native and deploys in minutes on the leading cloud platforms
  • Licensing fees were only 25% of what Gannett paid for SQL Server