hi5 Networks Selects EnterpriseDB to Support One of the World's Largest PostgreSQL Installations

Date -2008-09-23

hi5 Networks Selects EnterpriseDB to Support One of the World's Largest PostgreSQL Installations


World's Third-Largest Social Network Chose EnterpriseDB for Its Unparalleled Expertise and Dedicated Focus on PostgreSQL


EDISON, N.J., Sep. 23, 2008 - EnterpriseDB, the leading enterprise open source database company, announced today that hi5 Networks, the third-largest social network in the world, has selected EnterpriseDB to provide professional services to support hi5's massive PostgreSQL installation. hi5 selected EnterpriseDB for its world-class services and support organization and its dedicated focus on PostgreSQL. More information about EnterpriseDB's professional services offerings is available in the Services section of EnterpriseDB's website, www.enterprisedb.com.

"We needed the best PostgreSQL services and support organization in the world to support one of the largest PostgreSQL OLTP installations in the world," said Akash Garg, co-founder and chief technical officer, hi5 Networks. "EnterpriseDB's expert services and support team has been a trusted partner in deploying a highly scalable, highly available platform that supports one of the Web's most popular sites."

hi5 runs hundreds of PostgreSQL servers in one of the world's largest commercial OLTP PostgreSQL installations. All hi5 subscriber data, including user profiles, metadata associated with user photos, and comments, is stored on the company's PostgreSQL databases. The transaction-intensive site serves more than 56 million active users each month. In June 2008, the PostgreSQL-based system delivered more than 18.5 billion page views, serving nearly 11 million visitors to the site every day.

A key challenge and requirement for hi5 is that the social networking site cannot be taken offline for maintenance. The company's PostgreSQL databases must deliver exceptional stability and performance 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year to serve users around the globe. Any issues must be resolved in real time, with the system still running.

hi5's engagement with EnterpriseDB began with the Architectural Health Check service, a three-day analysis of a customer's PostgreSQL deployment. Changes to hi5's PostgreSQL system recommended by EnterpriseDB during the Architectural Health Check improved the performance of the social network site and decreased its disk utilization, which lowered hardware costs. EnterpriseDB's Remote DBA service, a professional service that delivers PostgreSQL monitoring, maintenance, and tuning by off-site EnterpriseDB DBAs, also helped to reduce the workload of hi5's internal DBA team. EnterpriseDB has also provided code patches that are critical to hi5's unique PostgreSQL implementation. Together, hi5 and EnterpriseDB are helping to establish best practices for running PostgreSQL in always-on OLTP environments.

"As we continue to grow our service, it is clear that PostgreSQL will scale more easily than other open source databases, especially some of the more popular, less robust options," said Garg. "EnterpriseDB provides our team with the PostgreSQL expertise and depth we need to deliver the best possible services to our vibrant online communities."

About hi5 Networks

Headquartered in San Francisco, hi5 is one of the world's largest and fastest growing social networks. Our focus is to empower our users to build and maintain culturally relevant connections between friends and family online. With over 56 million unique visitors every month, hi5 is a top 20 website globally and the number one social network in 26 countries across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The service is available in 26 languages, delivering localized content and applications to users worldwide. For more information, visit www.hi5networks.com.

About EnterpriseDB

EnterpriseDB is the leading provider of enterprise-class products and services based on PostgreSQL, the world's most advanced open source database. The company's Postgres Plus products are ideally suited for transaction-intensive applications requiring superior performance, massive scalability, and compatibility with proprietary database products. EnterpriseDB has offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Edison, N.J. For more information, please call +1-732-331-1300 or visit www.enterprisedb.com.

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