SOURCE: EnterpriseDB Corporation
September 23, 2008 09:00 ET
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, NJ--(Marketwire - September 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
"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
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
"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.
EnterpriseDB is the world's 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 and deliver the performance,
scalability, and reliability required for enterprise-class workloads.
EnterpriseDB has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The
company was founded in March 2004 and is headquartered in Edison, N.J. For
more information, please contact +1-732-331-1300 or visit
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