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“DataStax Enterprise also provides an intuitive management console called OpsCenter which made it easy to manage and scale our database environment to meet demands.”

– Mark Dash, AVP, Information Technology at Penn Mutual

Penn Mutual Simplifies Storage and Access to 150 Years of Data with DataStax Enterprise

Industry: Financial Services

Penn Mutual is a life insurance and annuities company that has operated since 1847. Across almost 170 years of business, Penn Mutual has been dedicated to help people do more in life by creating solutions that deliver the complete value of life insurance across all life’s stages. When it comes to innovation, the insurance brick and mortar is driving a wave of IT innovation to break away from the pack.

In 2010, Penn Mutual’s Information Management and Technology Division, the IT arm of the business, started a project called “Core Services” aiming to merge all data domains spread throughout the company into a single source by marrying their service oriented architecture and master data management capabilities into a comprehensive system.

Penn Mutual started out with a traditional RDBMS approach for the persistence layer of their Core Service, but soon realized that it could not meet their requirements for application performance or scalability with the existing RDBMS footprint without a large cost commitment.


  • Years of historical data scattered across mainframes, relational databases and other storage areas
  • Inconsistent data from different accesses causing information trust issues
  • Poor scalability and performance issues with traditional relational database


  • Linear scalability and reliable performance with great cost efficiency
  • DataStax Enterprise enables merging and storage of data into one single source
  • Integrated Solr to support ad-hoc query search


  • Single source of information with authoritative access via DataStax Enterprise
  • Enabled sales with holistic view of policy data and ad-hoc searches
  • More applications and services are created for both internal and external use