Tuesday, 4 April 2013, SYDNEY: New Platform Delivers Guaranteed Performance Levels in the Cloud
Bargain community website, OzBargain, has become the first company to adopt Crucial Cloud Hosting’s new Blaze platform, the first offering in the world to deliver guaranteed performance levels in the cloud.
The Blaze solution, which incorporates the SolidFire all-SSD (Solid State Drive) SAN (Storage Area Network) and the OnApp Management Platform and control panel, enables companies to specify the level of performance they require and scale it up or down in real-time.
Crucial developed Blaze in partnership with SolidFire and OnApp after identifying that a lack of guaranteed performance levels was discouraging some companies from embracing cloud technology. Blaze enables customers to tailor their storage solution according to the level of IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) they require, adjusting the storage capacity, memory and number of CPU scores as needed to accommodate their changing processing requirements.
Scott Yang identifies the benefits
Already a satisfied Crucial customer for three years, OzBargain’s founder, Scott Yang, was quick to recognise the benefits Blaze afforded, migrating his database server to the new technology in early January this year.
“We have a very busy website, with around 1.2 million unique visitors each month generating 16 million page views,” said Mr Yang. The OzBargain website lists information about various discounts and special offers from a wide range of retailers operating both online and in bricks and mortar stores. Any member of the online community can post details of bargains they find and many retailers list their best specials on the site, including companies like Dick Smith, Bing Lee, Telstra, Catch of the Day and more.
“Crucial’s Blaze platform enables us to ensure that our servers keep running smoothly regardless of the amount of traffic visiting the site. We’re currently running at 200 IOPS, but have the option to scale that up to 1600 IOPS via the Blaze control panel, ensuring that we can accommodate any future growth.
Yang said he’s seen a 70 per cent increase in database performance since transitioning this server to Blaze and plans to move the Web server over as well, once work has been completed to optimise the website architecture for the faster platform.
“There’s always a risk in being an early adopter, but we have enormous confidence in Crucial as our hosting partner and they’ve been fantastic in resolving any minor teething issues we experienced,” he said.
“At the end of the day, we need a stable, high performing cloud service. We’ve always had that with Crucial, but now it’s even better since Blaze delivers guaranteed performance while giving me real-time control over how that works.”
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