“Weather is the original big data application,” says Bryson Koehler, executive VP and CIO at the Weather Company. “When mainframes first came about, one of the first applications was a weather forecasting model.”
Flash forward to today and the Weather Company ingests some 20 terabytes of data per day to spin out what Keohler bills as the world’s most accurate forecasts. To stay ahead of its competition, the Weather Company is in the process of rolling out a new platform built on Basho’s Riak NoSQL database and running globally in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. More than a year in the making, the new platform will bring the company’s scale of analysis to a whole new level.
The Weather Company is the parent behind popular brands including the Weather Channel, WeatherFX, Weather Underground, and Intellicast. It serves hundreds of thousands of customers, including 30 airlines, emergency services, shippers, utilities, insurers, media giants, and the developers behind thousands of mobile weather apps. The demand adds up to billions of computer-based data requests per day. Performance expectations are as fast as 10-millisecond latency.