Online Textbook Retailer Graduates from MySQL

ClustrixDB Delivers High Availability and Optimized Performance for Rafter’s E-Commerce Website

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Nov 10, 2014 – Clustrix, provider of the first scale-out database designed to meet the needs of fast growing e-commerce sites, announced Rafter Inc., the leading course materials management service, implemented ClustrixDB to triple their business growth. Rafter chose ClustrixDB for its high availability, scalability and performance of its database, as well as its MySQL compatibility and the company’s reliable support options.

“The support around our implementation was amazing, and there was never a question on the right thing to do,” said Michael Farace, Rafter Director of Systems & Infrastructure Operations. “We wouldn’t be able to grow our business as easily without ClustrixDB.”

Rafter offers a cloud-based Course Materials Network (CMN) that makes higher education more affordable for students and more profitable for campuses. Rafter owns and operates, a destination site for students to rent and buy textbooks at up to 80 percent off. As hundreds of campuses nationwide use Rafter’s course materials management solution, its business has grown dramatically to serve more than 1.2 million college students, saving them more than $400 million in education costs.

With ClustrixDB, Rafter can linearly grow reads, writes, updates and analytics as more data points and devices are added. When its scale-out architecture meets the cloud, new applications can easily absorb the addition of new customers and increased transaction volume. As such, during their last peak season, Rafter reported a 100 percent increase in database load. During that time, ClustrixDB remained reliable, providing uninterrupted performance.

“We’re please to count Rafter among our growing number of e-commerce customers,” said Mike Azevedo, Clustrix CEO. “E-commerce businesses looking to grow their operations will benefit by using our scale-out approach, easily flexing up database capacity and throughput to keep pace with an ever-increasing and variable volume of customers, products and orders.”

Perfectly suited and optimized for fast growing e-commerce sites, ClustrixDB’s scale-out architecture and automated fault tolerance provides an always-on shopping experience.  With ClustrixDB, e-commerce sites reduce the risk of costly slowdowns and outages, ultimately allowing businesses to capture more revenue from more channels.