StubHub boosts transaction capacity 52-fold with Sun solution
By chhandomay on Sep 28, 2009
is the world's largest ticket marketplace, where fans can buy and
sell secondary-market tickets to tens of thousands of sports,
concert, theater, and other live entertainment events. StubHub's
easy-to-use, convenient Web environment for buying tickets has helped
the company gain millions of satisfied customers, and requires
StubHub to have high-capacity IT systems that are able to connect
ticket buyers and sellers 24x7.
As StubHub's business rapidly grew, its back-end, online transaction processing system had a hard time keeping up with demand. And, because traffic volume can vary greatly, it is hard for StubHub to predict peak volume, making scalability a critical concern. Therefore, in 2008, StubHub chose to upgrade the OLTP database to an Oracle RAC 10g, and looked for a hardware and operating system that would maximize the new database's performance.
(Image courtesy: StubHub)
ultimately decided that a
64-bit platform based on Sun hardware and the Solaris
10 Operating System wold provide maximum flexibility to support
the company's fast growth strategy. StubHub worked with the Sun
Solution Center to design and perform benchmark tests in order to
select the most appropriate Sun hardware for the company's OLTP
Based on the outcome of the tests, StubHub selected the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server for its combination of performance, scalability, and cost effectiveness. StubHub is employing nine M5000 servers, which all have the same CPU and memory configuration, with eight dual-core SPARC64 VI processors and 128 gigabytes of RAM. Additionally, two Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Servers, each with four dual-core SPARC 64 VI processors, support the company's development and testing environments.
StubHub is pleased with the performance of its upgraded OLTP solution. The new system is now able to handle 47,000 database transactions per second per node, versus the previous system's 900 transactions per second per node, which represents a 52-fold increase in volume. The increased system capacity has allowed StubHub to sell more tickets, resulting in a return on investment in just three months. Bill Dougherty, director of site operations at StubHub summed it up by saying: “This upgrade project was all about scalability and growth...our site traffic has more than doubled in the past 18 months. Without the new Sun platform, we would not be able to handle our high volume of site traffic.”
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