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April 19, 2016 09:00 ET

ScaleArc Names Sazze's Craig Thayer "Uptime Hero"

Thayer Earns ScaleArc Customer Award for Sustaining 10x Traffic Load on Black Friday With No Downtime and High Website Performance

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - Percona Live -- ScaleArc, the leading provider of database load balancing software, today announced the winner of its quarterly Uptime Hero award. Craig Thayer, CTO for Sazze, has architected its multiple eCommerce website properties to withstand dramatic surges in database workload, support active/active operations, and leverage zero-downtime maintenance. For delivering on all these uptime initiatives, ScaleArc is proud to name Thayer a ScaleArc Uptime Hero.

Sazze is the parent company to several eCommerce websites, including DealsPlus,, Whym, Pocketly, and Progrids. The sites come under significant traffic load pressure every Black Friday. Last November, Sazze's properties supported four million users running three billion queries on Black Friday. Sazze has also created the Black Friday Ads mobile application, and it is consistently a top Apple Appstore app for Black Friday.

ScaleArc has helped Sazze thrive during four Black Fridays, delivering continuous website uptime and real-time visibility for its Percona XtraDB Cluster/Galera deployment. Key metrics for Sazze's Black Friday 2015 results include:

  • 2.5x higher traffic than Black Friday 2014
  • 4 million users, vs. typical day of 400K
  • 3 billion queries, of which ScaleArc cached 70%
  • 80% mobile traffic vs. typical 50%

Thayer often calls Black Friday the Super Bowl of eCommerce. "The preparations, the importance of the event, the stresses on our systems -- they all max out for Black Friday," said Thayer. "ScaleArc gives us high reliability and easy scalability for the part of our infrastructure that's the most difficult to harden. It's thanks to ScaleArc that, despite massive traffic surges this past holiday shopping season, we had no outages and no fire drills."

"We have enjoyed partnering with Craig Thayer for the past four years as he's worked to protect Sazze's web properties against application downtime," said ScaleArc CEO Justin Barney. "He has pushed our development, recommended product improvements, and put our failover capabilities to test -- in short, he's made our technology better. I'm thrilled to see Craig named as our latest Uptime Hero."

ScaleArc's Uptime Hero customer award program celebrates IT innovators who deliver continuous app availability in spite of database traffic surges or planned or unplanned downtime.

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