Equalizer(TM) Technology Provides the Reliable, Always Available Performance Schematic Needs to Host Mission-Critical Websites for Broadcasting Companies
Coyote Point Systems today announced that Schematic, an award-winning user interface, design and technology development firm, has deployed the Equalizer(TM) E350 load-balancing and traffic management solution in its data center to host client Websites. As a result of implementing Equalizer, Schematic’s Web hosting service has not experienced any downtime in more than two and a half years and is able to meet and even exceed the “five 9’s” service level agreements (SLAs) its clients require. Equalizer was chosen for its high availability, ease of use and cost-effectiveness.
Schematic, known as a world leader in user interface for television and the Web, also develops, maintains and hosts enterprise-level Websites and software tools for a variety of Fortune 2000 firms. Its clients span multiple industry verticals including media and entertainment, healthcare and consumer electronics. Schematic’s recently completed projects include the new Microsoft Xbox Live Arcade service, application development for Nielsen, set-top and broadband user interface work for both Cablevision and Comcast, and the Gold’s Gym Website and CRM system.
Over the past five years, Schematic has been working more frequently with large companies, including ABC, FOX, Gold’s Gym and Paul Mitchell, that require 99.999 percent availability of their Websites and related properties. Schematic designs and hosts Websites providing everything from e-commerce applications to programming guides for TV networks and needed a load balancing solution to provide the high availability and resulting business continuity those larger clients required. When Schematic was researching products, Coyote Point’s Equalizer technology quickly became their first choice.
“Using Equalizer has helped us compete on a more even footing with larger design and hosting companies by allowing us to offer the same service level agreements at about a quarter of the price,” said Matthew Rechs, Chief Technology Officer at Schematic. “It gives us a high level of confidence in and control over our clients’ uptime. And Equalizer is so reliable that we’ve never had downtime and only one fail-over that barely registered — we maintained our SLA and the client never even knew it happened.”
The Equalizer E350’s sophisticated algorithm ensures that each request is distributed to the server best equipped to handle the demand, immediately and intelligently, which means that each server operates at full capacity, instead of some sitting idle while others become overloaded. It minimizes response time as it maximizes site availability and if Equalizer detects a server failure, it redirects traffic automatically.
“I’ve worked with other load balancers in the past and we evaluated more expensive options before deciding on Equalizer,” says Chris Aedo, Schematic’s Director of Technology Operations. “We were won over by the feature set that gave us exactly what we needed; the cost effective price, which allowed us to keep our prices competitive; and the ease of use and maintenance. We’ve been really pleased with the product and what it has allowed us to provide our clients.”