How to choose between AWS RDS Aurora and ClustrixDB on AWS

Ever since it was unveiled back in November of last year, AWS Aurora—Amazon’s relational database offering available through Amazon RDS—has been touted by the giant online retailer as a revolutionary database solution that offered five times the performance of standard MySQL at an “one tenth the cost of a commercial database”.

Indeed, Aurora … Continue reading →

ClustrixDB in AWS – Scaling Writes and Reads

ClustrixDB is a shared-nothing clustered scale-out MySQL-compatible relational database that massively scales both writes and reads. Designed for the cloud, ClustrixDB offers built-in high availability and is largely self-managing. With ClustrixDB you simply add database servers (“Flex-Up”) to grow capacity and throughput to handle seasonal workloads, and then you … Continue reading →

Escaping the Rip and Replace Replatforming Cycle

E-commerce businesses are in the midst of a tremendous growth period, one that is unlikely to slow down over the next several years. Online shopping—specifically mobile, or m-commerce—continues to grow increasingly popular, with a recent Forrester report projecting a nearly 10 percent CAGR in the space through 2018.

Although this growth is exciting, it may … Continue reading →

Is This the Year of Replatforming? It Doesn’t Have to Be

We have heard the predictions. We know that some industry players and analyst firms alike have predicted that the second six months of 2015 will be “The Year of Replatforming.”

On the surface it makes sense; fast-growing e-commerce companies struggling with lackluster MySQL performance as they attempt to roll out new applications and handle more … Continue reading →

Primary Drivers for Database Replatforming

Many of today’s e-commerce businesses face a classic double-edged sword scenario. On one hand, they play in a market that is exploding, affording them ample opportunity to grow their companies rapidly. In the U.S., for instance, the online retail market is projected to grow from $294 billion in 2015 to $414 billion in 2018, according to recent research from … Continue reading →

Flex Up or Down—Pay Only for the Capacity You Need

Imagine the following scenario. You’re in your car on a long drive and you start to feel thirsty—even a bit dehydrated. So, you pull off the highway and into a convenience store to buy a 12-oz. bottle of water. But as you peruse the store’s shelves, you realize that it doesn’t keep anything smaller than 128-oz. jugs in stock. So you are faced with a choice: … Continue reading →

The Importance of “Fit and Finish” on Your E-Commerce Site

In the automotive manufacturing industry, “fit and finish” describes the way the various parts of a vehicle fit together to form the final product. A car with “fit and finish” has no visible gaps where parts were merged and no variation in paint color—it is, essentially, seamless.

The concept is relevant in e-commerce as well, especially as it relates … Continue reading →

Clustrix and Microsoft Azure Look to the Future With New Partnership

Over the past several years, organizations of all sizes across numerous verticals have moved to the cloud, seeking to take advantage of its technical simplicity, cost savings and flexibility. The intense interest in cloud services is driving an exploding market; in fact, a recent report from analyst firm Market Research Media projected that the cloud market … Continue reading →

What Has Us Excited About IRCE 2015

As an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of large and fast-growing e-commerce businesses, few events on the calendar excite us as much as the annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE). The conference brings more than 90 percent of the e-commerce solutions market to one place, and offers a uniquely broad view of the Internet retail … Continue reading →