Bebo Shamelessly Promotes Oracleposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 2/01/2007 01:24:00 AM
When Birch started Bebo, he knew from prior experience with other sites that scalability was a key issue, and that he needed a database that could easily and inexpensively scale as user demands increased. Bebo started with Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One, which made it cost-effective to get up and running. Since then it has scaled up to Enterprise Edition on SUSE Linux so it could spread the load across additional processors. Currently, bebo.com is deployed on two database servers, and it will be moving to three shortly. Eventually Birch sees the site being deployed across four or five database servers.
If it could run on mysql, why run Oracle?
You have to love the resounding endorsement. That's what you do when you have no news.
"We use Oracle Database because it's the better product, faster and with better features," says Birch. "Scalability has also been important for us right from the start. Other social networking sites have run into major problems because of scalability issues, and I am confident that Oracle Database will enable Bebo to sustain the levels of growth necessary to take it where I want it to go -- to market leadership and a major role in the evolution of Web 2.0."