Case study
NFWare vLoad Balancer for Mail.RU Group

Country

Russia
Company

Mail.Ru Group
Industry

Internet services company
Solution Deployed

NFWare Virtual Load Balancer
Mail.Ru Group selected NFWare virtual Load Balancer over open-source and legacy market leaders to balance high loads of traffic. The open source products that were previously used required a huge number of servers. Focusing on a software-based networking solution was clearly the right way to go, but not many vendors could provide a product that would actually cope with the loads that the network was processing every day.
Challenges
  • Extremely high loads caused by video streaming and social activity.
  • DDoS attacks that are very harmful to a popular social website.
  • The need for high reliability and accessibility of servers.
  • Reduction of hardware used for load balancing for easier maintain and support.
Effects of Implementation
Mail.Ru Group's initial requirements were met, and the business instantly saw the following benefits:
  • NFWare LBv4 turned out to be 200 times faster and the customer gain's much greater efficiency with a far smaller hardware footprint.
  • NFWare 24x7 offers a highly qualified technical support.
  • Guaranteed DDoS protection, securing network infrastructure.
  • The required reliability and accessibility of servers has been achieved.
"OK.ru, one of the leading social networks not only in Russia but worldwide. The volume of traffic is huge. After several testing stages we decided to deploy NFWare vLB. It allows us to increase system's efficiency a dozen of times."
Andrey Guba, Deputy CTO of OK.ru.
About Mail.Ru Group
Mail.Ru Group is among the TOP- 5 most visited websites in the world as ranked by comScore. It operates the three most popular Russian social networks (VK.com, OK.ru, and Moi Mir), instant messaging networks (ICQ), an email service, cloud hosting, Internet portals, and a number of online games.

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