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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%.

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reduction in licensing fees

140 million

digital audience served each month


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

Gannett Platform Architecture Lead, Gannett

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