PitchBook moves to a microservices infrastructure – scaling the business through scalable tech

PitchBook is a data company. Its reason for being is to provide a platform that tracks a plethora of different aspects of both private and public markets. Want to know about what’s happening in venture capital, private equity or M&A? Chances are PitchBook can give you the answer. The company is a subsidiary of Morningstar and has offices in Seattle, New York, and London.

But here’s the thing, though. PitchBook was founded in 2007 when cloud computing was pretty much just beginning and there was no real awareness of what it meant. In those days, enterprise IT agility meant leveraging virtualization to gain efficiencies. Now don’t get me wrong, moving from a paradigm of racking and stacking physical servers to being able to spin up virtual servers at will is a big deal, it’s just that since 2007, there has been massive further innovation in the infrastructure space.

So if you’re PitchBook, built in the early days of the cloud in a monolithic way, and you want to scale to your stated business ambition of hosting data about 10 million companies, what do you do? Well, one thing you can do is to rethink your entire infrastructure footprint to take advantage of modern approaches. And this is what PitchBook has done, moving from a monolithic infrastructure to microservices, which should enable PitchBook developers to easily scale the platform.

“Breaking from a monolithic environment will allow us to easily make changes under the hood of different modules without affecting any of the other services tied to it. This ultimately is pushing the PitchBook Platform into a new era, defined by greater scale and usability,” said Alex Legault, lead product manager at PitchBook. “With an aggressive product roadmap that involves loading massive datasets, leveraging modern cloud techniques and enabling more machine learning, a microservices infrastructure will provide the right framework to execute on our plans, quickly and efficiently.”

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