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eBay Korea Modernizes Core E-Commerce Platforms with Confluent

As one of the largest e-commerce companies in Korea, eBay Korea operates three online retail platforms: Gmarket, Auction, and G9. With Korea’s e-commerce market more than doubling over the past five years and the uptick in online shopping due to the pandemic, eBay Korea has seen a significant recent surge in growth.

While the increase in sales and revenues was welcome, the growth highlighted issues with the company’s legacy e-commerce platform, which had been in place for more than 15 years. Based on a monolithic architecture with a single large application and single database, the platform was becoming increasingly difficult to develop and maintain. “When business requirements are complex, the code needed to implement them also becomes complex,” says Hudson Lee, Leader of Platform Engineering at eBay Korea. “With our legacy platform, everything was interdependent, so updating the code in one area often led to unexpected problems in another.”

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Challenge

Enable continued growth across multiple e-commerce platforms that had been in place for more than 15 years

Solution

Use Confluent to help migrate from a monolithic architecture to a microservices architecture that enables more independence, greater flexibility, and improved scalability

Results

  • Simplified maintenance and operations for improved productivity
  • Stable, high-throughput streaming
  • Rapid support
  • Faster time to market

Hudson Lee

Leader of Platform Engineering
eBay Korea

Using Confluent-designed microservices and electronic design-based applications has allowed us to cut our go-to-market time in half. Confluent plays a pivotal role in delivering messages between microservices-based applications and connecting all our services as a core foundation.

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