Case study: Houzz.com
Houzz.com is the web's best community for those who love architecture and interior design. It is a social platform that allows people to share and display their design work by sharing and posting, as of this writing, over 1,000,000 photographs. Millions browse and tag through these every week.
Houzz.com started back in 2009 and grew up right here at ServerPoint.com. Our custom services have allowed them to handle the incredible amount of traffic that is now received daily.
Recently, Houzz.com secured over $11 million in an investment round led by Sequoia Capital and other investors, including a former top executive at Zappos.
How do they do it?
Houzz.com is a large user of the concept of "big data"; the ability to handle large amounts of data in a distributed environment. Their infrastructure is made up of dozens of servers, ranging from lower end servers optimized for CPU and large amounts of RAM, to our line of Colossus enterprise dedicated servers to store valuable, critical information.
On the software side, the lightweight nginx handles primary web serving, the popular open source Varnish Cache accelerates image delivery, while a combination of servers powered by MySQL and redis handles data storage and data delivery acceleration.
As for accessibility, ServerPoint's fully redundant network provides Houzz.com with the multi-gigabit bandwidth capacity required to handle their users, all while maintaining 100% uptime. A private 10 gig LAN also handles their internal traffic.
We hope to see Houzz.com, and its hard working friendly owners, exponentially grow ahead over the next few years. We will be here along the way to help them succeed.
And did we mention we absolutely love their web site? :)
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