Monday Sep 28, 2009

StubHub boosts transaction capacity 52-fold with Sun solution

StubHub 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.
Sun Customer StubHub
(Image courtesy: StubHub)
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 solution.

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.”

Check out the complete details here.

Wednesday May 20, 2009

Open Archive Solution ... and ... Energy Star Ratings for Servers


I recently did two Sun News Radio segments...

In the first one, David Simmons, Director of Sun's mid-market business, discussed the Open Archive Solution that leverages the power of Open Storage and provides a flexible, cost-effective archiving solution for mid-sized businesses.

In the second one, Subodh Bapat, Distinguished Engineer and Vice President of Sustainability Office at Sun, joined me to discuss EPA's announcement of Energy Star ratings for servers.

Check out these short segments below.




Sunday May 17, 2009

Sun News -- The Week in Review


Weekly Sun News recap from me and Maijaliisa is now available. Listen to the short segment below to get all the highlights.




Monday Apr 07, 2008

Customer of the week: Elektrofilm


The digital media company Elektrofilm chose Sun's SL3000 tape library to store its nearly 200 TB of archival data, with the capacity to grow to 750 TB.

According to Electrofilm's Jason Williamson, the amount of data in his environment makes storing it all on disk impractical. "The cost of tape media is about 30 cents per GB, while with a SAN, the total cost can add up to tens of dollars a gigabyte," he said.
Sun Customer -- Elektrofilm
(Image courtesy: ELEKTROFILM)

Sun's SAM-FS software helps Jason improve data access time on tape by keeping track of the data on each cartridge and automatically retrieving it from the tape library when it's needed. The combined solution works perfect for Electrofilm!

Get the full details from this SearchStorage.com article.

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