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AOL, Photobox, Box.net, and iOffer Find Way to Scale Their Databases

Clustrix Clustered Database Systems Deployed Worldwide

AOL, Photobox, Box.net, and iOffer have deployed MySQL-compatible, shared-nothing distributed database appliances to solve database scalability issues and they are all using the same vendor: Clustrix. Here's what they are saying about their experiences with Clustered Database Systems for web-scale applications.

AOL Inc. is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. "Initially, AOL purchased the Clustrix solution in March of 2010, because of its unique combination of scalability, fault-tolerance and MySQL compatibility," said Will Stevens, director of storage for AOL. "After our subsequent purchase last September, we were further pleased by the ease with which the system expands on-line and in a non-disruptive fashion."

Photobox is Europe's largest online personal publishing and printing service. "We extensively tested Clustrix's solution for performance, availability and overall MySQL compatibility prior to purchasing and deploying in our production infrastructure," said Graham Hobson, CTO of Photobox. "We are impressed with the level of scalability and flexibility that they brought to our environment, allowing us to serve our customers in all countries through our peak business season. Their distributed, shared-nothing architecture with automated failover and recovery together with self-healing features were also strong selling points for us, and is a big part of the reason why we have already become a repeat customer."

Box.net provides cloud content management for more than four million users and companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. "Clustrix delivers on the promise of a fault-tolerant, easy-to-manage database system, and its compatibility with our existing infrastructure makes implementation a cinch," commented Sam Ghods, vice president of technology for Box.net. "As a quickly growing startup providing cloud content management to millions of customers and tens of thousands of businesses, we need to be able to be able to scale quickly and easily. The beauty of the Clustrix system is that it can grow when needed, just by adding nodes."

iOffer is a worldwide alternative online marketplace. Since 2001, iOffer has been changing the way online transactions are conducted, providing a safe and friendly community for its members to buy, sell, and trade through open negotiations. "Part of the reason we purchased the Clustrix solution was due to the fact that Clustrix is MySQL-compatible, and did not require changes to existing architecture, database schemas or applications," said Robert Zotter, lead engineer for iOffer. "As our transactional workload continues to grow, we will continue to reap even greater benefits of Clustrix's scalable, fault-tolerant, fully relational, and distributed database architecture."

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