Industry-leading mobile gaming company uses Fusion ioMemory™ solutions to ensure best-in-class mobile application performance with far less infrastructure.
Drecom, an entertainment Web services provider, is the leading supplier of social gaming applications for mobile devices in Japan.
As business grew, IT Architect Yusuke Saito found Drecom’s MySQL-based gaming platform struggled to keep up. Continuing Drecom’s tradition of innovation, Yusuke began to design a new system that could overcome the following challenges:
It was clear to Yusuke that the existing system could not scale to meet Drecom’s performance needs without an architecture overhaul. He investigated an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IAAS) cloud provider, but performance in testing was worse than Drecom’s existing system, and their applications would have to compete with other customers for resources. Yusuke began researching solid-state technologies and, after a brief conversation with a SanDisk® representative, decided a Fusion ioMemory solution was what Drecom needed.
Maximum MySQL Performance
Before deploying the Fusion ioMemoryTM ioDrive® devices into production, Drecom benchmarked a SanDisk-powered MySQL server against its disk-based production system. SanDisk’s low-latency Fusion ioMemory tier kept server processors fed with data, completing I/O operations much faster. Yusuke verified this by comparing the I/O wait time between the two systems. The chart below shows that processes in the SanDisk-powered MySQL system spent a maximum of four percent of their time waiting on I/O, compared to 80 percent on a disk-based system.
This 20x improvement in processing efficiency translated into 20x faster query processing. The chart below shows how the Fusion ioMemory solution increased MySQL query processing from 600 update queries per second to 12,000 update queries per second.
Most importantly, this performance directly improved Drecom’s business. Yusuke told us, “The ioDrive performance greatly lowered response times, which really improves the end-user experience. It also scales very well. Users no longer get ‘server busy messages’ when traffic is high or a game gets popular and we have plenty of headroom to continue adding new applications.”
Yusuke Saito, IT Architect, Drecom
Consolidation for Cost Efficiency
In addition to improving its end-user experience and its ability to continue expanding its application line, Drecom also achieved significant server consolidation. This greatly increased its ROI by lowering capital and operating costs.
Yusuke said, “We consolidated 75 percent of our servers. This decreases our total cost of ownership on servers, running costs, and density, while improving reliability. We think we can consolidate even more in the future.”
Superior Solid-State Technology
Yusuke chose the Fusion ioMemory solution because of its reliability and more symmetrical read and write performance. “The ioDrive devices have high read and write performance, with proven reliability in the world’s largest social networking environments,” he explained.
Fusion ioMemory also enabled Drecom to consider High Availability implementations that would not have been possible previously due to performance limitations. Yusuke said, “We are considering switching from asynchronous replication to semi-synchronous replication, which will improve our failover scenario. The ioDrive performance under a semi-synchronous replication load is 7,000 queries per second, which is easily sufficient for our workload.”
End-to-End Solution Support
Yusuke also noted that Drecom received impressive support throughout the process. “SanDisk’s experienced staff helped us a lot. They assisted us with procurement so we could deploy quickly, and provided technical guidance about other system bottlenecks so we could get the best performance from them.”
12 x 1U MySQL Master servers, dual quad core Intel Xeon processors, 32GB RAM
12 x 1U MySQL Slave servers (same specs, asynchronous replication)
12 x 1U MySQL Cold Standby servers (same specs)
Implementing Fusion ioMemory gave DRECOM the following benefits:
￼Drecom is an entertainment-focused Web services provider with two divisions. Its Entertainment Web Service division provides social gaming applications and web services like smart phone content. Its Internet Marketing Solution division delivers targeted advertising for a variety of web-based content.
The performance results discussed herein are based on internal Drecom testing and use of Fusion ioMemory products. Results and performance may vary according to configurations and systems, including drive capacity, system architecture and applications.
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