ESG Benchmark: Superior Performance on AWS for High-Transaction, High-Value Workloads Exhibited by ClustrixDB

Benchmark Shows Clustrix Processes More Transactions Per Second on Amazon AWS with Faster Response Time Than Alternatives

San Francisco, Calif - Feb 23, 2016 - Clustrix, the provider of the first scale-out database designed to meet the elastic scaling requirements of high-transaction, high-value Web applications, unveiled today the results of its benchmark test performed by ESG. Tested against two competing database services, the firm found that ClustrixDB delivered the best performance handling high-value transaction volumes. This offers particular benefits to organizations that anticipate high growth and/or have a high financial stake in their database’s ability to process thousands of simultaneous transactions accurately—such as those in ad tech, gaming, e-commerce or IoT.

ESG Lab compared the performance of ClustrixDB to two other cloud databases owned by an industry-leading cloud vendor (referred to throughout the ESG Lab report as CloudDB1 and CloudDB2). All tests were run in Amazon AWS and configured to simulate a real-world OLTP workload that consisted of single-load reads and writes. “For all acceptable measurements, ClustrixDB delivered the most transactions per second, while yielding a predictable performance curve and remaining under the 20-millisecond latency threshold,” said Mike Leone, Senior Analyst, ESG. “This threshold is crucial, as all it takes is a busy time of year to overload database capacity, sending response times through the roof—this can have an immediate impact on the end-user experience, customer loyalty and business revenues.”

ClustrixDB is a next-generation SQL database built for cloud-era flexibility

ESG research shows that at least 87 percent of organizations plan to or are already leveraging some kind of cloud service, and database services is the technology category most commonly being considered for a move to the Cloud. According to ESG, organizations expect to gain scalability, yet when using a traditional single-server database architecture, the same scalability limitations will exist in the Cloud as they do on premises. Moving to a more powerful server in the Cloud can become very expensive, especially if you only need the extra horsepower for a small amount of time (organizations will end up paying for database capacity they don’t need). And this is before factoring in the potential for downtime or disruption due to issues with the database migration, additional personnel, or management of both.

“In order to truly scale a database in the Cloud, a new approach is required,” said Leone. “Clustrix has developed a next-generation database with an architecture built for cloud-based deployments: scale-up and scale-down when needed; protect data automatically through efficient data distribution; and provide fault-tolerance with all nodes being able to handle any responsibility and any database request. With these combined features, high-value, high-transaction performance requirements are met with ease without sacrificing ACID compliance or availability, all while cloud costs are kept in check.”

The clear advantage of scaling performance by merely adding nodes

ESG Lab validated that ClustrixDB delivered higher performance across a four-node cluster. However, what truly separates ClustrixDB from the competition, according to the test report, is the ability to scale up and down based on current requirements, delivering near-linear performance scalability as nodes are added. ESG Lab evaluated scalability by increasing the initial four-node ClustrixDB cluster in increments up to 20 total nodes. With every additional set of four nodes added to the ClustrixDB cluster, performance improves. “This not only provides a better user experience at a lower concurrent thread count, but it also far exceeds the single-server instance competition by delivering significantly more transactions per second at lower latencies for a greater number of concurrent threads,” said Leone.

“The Cloud offers a variety of server instances to handle database performance requirements, but what happens when your database exceeds those single server limitations? Disruption, downtime, and cost are just a few of the roadblocks you’ll encounter,” said Leone. “As companies continue to shift Web applications from a single data center to the Cloud in hopes of achieving elasticity, performance, and high availability, the databases they run on should enable the same flexibility, efficiency, and performance.”

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