Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business models are all about unlimited scalability. That promise has driven dramatic shifts to the cloud and colossal business growth for providers who can give their customers continuous service and an outstanding experience. It’s a business model built on immediacy, reliability, and consistent anytime, anywhere access. All of which put enormous burdens on infrastructure. That’s why a leading cloud infrastructure service provider came to Pliops to see if there is a better way to optimize MariaDB performance (their database of choice) without relying on seemingly never-ending server sprawl.

 

Availability Without Overprovisioning

For businesses where scale is at the heart of model effectiveness and profitability, ensuring you can accommodate more customers more efficiently becomes all-consuming. This service provider is in hyper-growth mode and needed a solution that could deliver on stringent SLAs, ever-increasing instances, and much higher levels of reliability and performance.

 

Server outages resulting from SSD wear out directly impacted customer satisfaction and renewals. With tens of thousands of MariaDB instances, downtime added up to a concerning business impact. At the same time, expanding the data center footprint to try and address the problem was eating away at profit margins. The provider was looking for a solution that could optimize SSD performance and longevity in a way that helped them get the most from their existing infrastructure investment while increasing future-readiness.

 

Increasing SSD Endurance is an Opportunity

MariaDB, like most databases, uses storage engines, a universal software component that lays out application data on a storage device. Application software takes shortcuts to keep up with fast SSD performance, resulting in write amplification that can be 10 to 50 times more than needed. SSDs have limited write endurance; they wear out with use, directly impacting SSD expected life and overall cost. As-a-service providers need solutions that can ensure business continuity without breaking the bank.

 

Redundancy is costly and impacts performance. With ultra-fast NVMe SSDs, many organizations avoid using local data protection methods, having to constantly rebuild after drive failures, consuming even more CPU, SSD, and network bandwidth. And with Pliops Extreme Data Processor (XDP), as-a-Service providers have a breakthrough way to address these issues. XDP reduces write amplification to its theoretical minimum, dramatically increasing the endurance of SSDs while providing built-in advanced drive failure protection.

 

Smart, Scalable Results

For this SaaS provider, reliability improvements and TCO savings were powerful. Whether you want to reduce the risk of failures in your infrastructure or need the capacity to scale quickly while still delivering consistent performance, Pliops XDP can help. Read the SaaS case study and discover how Pliops can multiply the performance of your data center infrastructure to the power of X.