Optimal Systems came to CockroachDB with the best kind of problem: they had become too successful. Optimal was founded in 1991 to meet the European Space Agency’s need to archive its satellite photos. Decades of successful growth saw the storage product they built for the ESA evolve and expand to serve clients in more than 30 countries. In the past few years, as new customers continued to sign on, Optimal Systems realized that their success was outpacing their system. They needed to modernize their infrastructure to keep up.
They looked at Google Spanner, which led them to investigate CockroachDB. Once they did, they saw that CockroachDB offered everything they were looking for.