CodeFutures Press Release
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
Familybuilder Readies for Explosive Growth with CodeFutures
Genealogy Pioneer Deploys dbShards to Dramatically
Improve Reliability and Scalability of its Database
LOUISVILLE, Colo. - April 12, 2010 - CodeFutures Corporation, empowering enterprises to “share nothing, shard everything,” today announced that it has delivered previously unachievable levels of scalability and reliability for Familybuilder, the fastest-growing family application on the Internet. Using dbShards, the first-of-its-kind sharding tool that uses a “shared-nothing” partitioning scheme, Familybuilder is now able to keep up with rigorous demands placed on its high-volume MySQL database, while simultaneously scaling to meet anticipated future growth.
“dbShards remains the first and only solution in the marketplace that can harness the power of the cloud to help companies ensure always-on availability with full scalability of their database, giving them limitless potential for growth.”The only service to build and run a family tree application on all the major social networks (Facebook, Bebo, MySpace, Hi5 and Orkut), Familybuilder maintains a high-volume MySQL database of more than 23 million users for its Family Tree Facebook application. With more than 50,000 new users added every day, Familybuilder’s high-volume database was simply unable to keep up with the transaction volume, creating reliability and performance issues and stifling its ability to grow to meet future demand. The company sought a solution that would address its performance and reliability issues, providing full availability of its application for current users, as well as to prepare the database to cope with future high-volume growth.
Familybuilder found its solution in dbShards. CodeFutures’ database sharding tool uses a “shared-nothing” partitioning scheme that breaks down high-volume databases into individual “shards,” in turn distributing these shards across a number of commodity or cloud-based servers. With Familybuilder, dbShards initially broke the company’s MySQL database into multiple shards, enabling it to handle millions of read/write transactions generated by hundreds of thousands of users who visit the site each day. Now fully deployed, dbShards has prepared the Family Tree application to grow its revenue by scaling to accommodate millions of additional users and cope with concurrent transactions and database requests. The current sharding configuration can handle many times more volume, and Familybuilder can simply add new shards as demand requires.
“The explosive success of Family Tree has been beyond our wildest expectations, but with this success came demands on our database that our infrastructure was simply unprepared to handle,” said David Blinder, chief technology officer, Familybuilder. “Adding more than 50,000 new users a day will push any database’s capabilities to the limit, no matter how well it has been designed to handle growth. dbShards has completely revitalized our system, and given us the reliability and scalability we need to keep up with both current and future demand for the application.”
“Familybuilder’s success in implementing dbShards demonstrates just how effective this technology can be in helping companies cope with reliability and scalability issues in their high-volume databases,” said Cory Isaacson, CEO, CodeFutures. “dbShards remains the first and only solution in the marketplace that can harness the power of the cloud to help companies ensure always-on availability with full scalability of their database, giving them limitless potential for growth.”
Visit CodeFutures’ Web site for more information about the dbShards solution.
Familybuilder is a NYC-based software company that builds family-oriented applications. Familybuilder is the only service to run family applications on all the major social networks (Facebook, Bebo, MySpace, Hi5, and Orkut). Familybuilder has over 23 million users and over 150 million relative profiles as part of its Family Tree application. The application ranks within the top 20 non-gaming applications on Facebook. The company raised its Series A round of financing in February 2008 led by London-based DN Capital. Familybuilder launched in June 2007 and is privately held. Further information about the company and links to its Family Tree applications can be found at http://www.familybuilder.com.
About CodeFutures Corporation
CodeFutures Corporation is the premier provider of database-performance tools that dramatically increase scalability and performance. Embracing the innovative database-sharding methodology, a “shared-nothing” partitioning scheme, the company’s dbShards solution provides a highly scalable approach to improving the throughput and overall performance of high-transaction, database-centric business applications. To learn more about the Louisville, Colo.-based company and its solutions, visit http://www.codefutures.com.
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