By chhandomay on May 15, 2009
Networks, based in San Francisco, California, is one of the
world's largest social networks with more than 80 million registered
users in 200 countries. In fact, hi5 earned the distinction of being
the fastest growing social network in the world when it doubled its
user base in 2008, growing from 28 million to more than 56 million
The explosive growth rate proved to be a challenge, particularly because hi5 manages so much data – about 400TB and growing. To continue providing the best service to its users, hi5 needed to ensure its systems were highly available and reliable, and at the end of 2008, hi5 realized that it urgently needed to expand its storage capacity to keep up with its rapid growth.
(Logo courtesy: hi5 Networks)
| hi5 chose
the hybrid Sun
Fire X4540 server in conjunction with the Solaris
10 Operating System as its system solution. The Sun Fire X4540
is a product known for its ability to run high-bandwidth applications
while providing speedy access to storage and unparalleled storage
density in a 4U rack space. hi5 is so pleased with the performance of
the Sun Fire X4540 servers, that it plans to purchase 10 more.
hi5 said when it came to evaluating price for performance, there was no better solution than Sun. Dan Peterson, vice president of technical operations at hi5 notes that there is no licensing fee and says “Before it was costing us about $5,000 per terabyte to store data versus about $750 per terabyte now.” Peterson also appreciates the ability to now keep a tight reign on his budget by purchasing Sun storage in 48TB chunks rather than having to buy huge storage systems at four of five times the price.
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