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London, UK and Amsterdam, Netherlands – 26 Feb 2014 – SkySQL, the trusted global provider of open source databases and support, today announced its latest customer, Greetz, the online personalised greeting card & gift shop. SkySQL helped Greetz successfully implement MariaDB and migrated millions of customer data items to the enterprise-ready open source database. SkySQL built a custom solution to work alongside its existing Linux and Hibernate infrastructure.
Greetz is the Dutch market leader in personalized greeting cards and gifts with more than 6 million online transactions each year. Given its growing base of more than one million customers, Greetz’s IT infrastructure was under pressure. Concerned by the shortage of internal Database Administrator (DBA) resources and the increasing complexity of managing their database solution, Greetz looked for alternatives to provide greater value for money. In the ecommerce realm it is vitally important that customer details and purchasing history must be fully traceable and auditable. The online greeting cards retailer also needed a single point of governance and control across all data strands.
Greetz selected SkySQL to replace its existing Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC), a clustering technology for Oracle databases, and configure MariaDB to work alongside Greetz’s existing Linux, Galera, Hibernate and Ansible platforms. Taking into consideration the differences in infrastructure, the migration of applications across to MariaDB required fine-tuning vast amounts of customer data. A dedicated SkySQL consulting team carried out end-to-end testing and performance tuning to ensure other systems were aligned and working with the new MariaDB database.
As part of the migration project, SkySQL helped Greetz also to move its existing Business Information (BI) and Disaster Recovery (DR) from MySQL to MariaDB. With infrastructure and applications already configured, SkySQL extracted the data from the existing servers and then imported it into MariaDB during downtime to avoid affecting business performance.
Giulio Gaioni, Chief Operating Officer at Greetz said, “We engaged with SkySQL as we had outgrown our current database solution. SkySQL and its team of experts integrated MariaDB and migrated across our data seamlessly, giving us a new database that is faster and more reliable than any other solution we benchmarked. We can now build for the future and continue to grow at a very competitive TCO.”
Anders Karlsson, Sales Engineer for SkySQL said, “We were proud to play an important role in such a critical project for Greetz. Our approach to data migration with its emphasis on data quality and process control was particularly well suited to the ecommerce industry. Our team managed to deliver a successful MariaDB data migration within challenging timelines because they remained focused on the key drivers of success: scope agreement, business engagement, robust approval procedures and sign-off”.
SkySQL, The MariaDB Company, is a leading global database software vendor supporting the latest in cloud technology and leading-edge development, as well as comprehensive support for legacy MySQL environments. SkySQL has over 400 customers in 30 countries worldwide, including global brands such as Canal+, ClubMed, Deutsche Telekom, La Poste, Virgin Mobile, Western Digital. Moreover endorsed by a robust ecosystem of leading technology vendors, such as Red Hat and SuSE, SkySQL is perfectly suited to help with any of your database needs.