We all have a family tree. Whether you’re the apple that didn’t fall far, or the orange that rolled to the other side of the earth, you have a group of people sharing your genes, your history, and your name. However, there isn’t always a clear view of just how far back your family history goes, or from where your ancestors came. That’s what makes MyHeritage such an important tool.
MyHeritage is an Israeli-based genealogy website that gives curious users the tools of the future to research their past. The company’s platform combines revolutionary technology to enable users to delve into their ancestry quickly and thoroughly. Behind the scenes, MyHeritage is also running some revolutionary technology in their data center.
Realizing that the legacy infrastructure running in its data center wasn’t built to easily scale to the needs of the business, MyHeritage decided to deploy SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for its next-generation data center. The company’s previous IT environment had become increasingly unwieldy to manage, backups and restores could take hours to complete, and deploying new workloads—allocating compute and storage resources, configuring data protection policies—could take days. With SimpliVity, MyHeritage quickly realized the advantages of hyperconverged infrastructure, particularly when it came to data protection and backup and recovery.
“VM backups and restores are light-speed fast with OmniCube,” said Ran Michnowski, VP Operations, MyHeritage. “SimpliVity is our recovery option of first choice.”
Because SimpliVity makes data efficient from the get-go, as all data is compressed, deduplicated, and optimized across all tiers of the data lifecycle at inception, the solution delivers backups and restores that complete in mere seconds. In addition to the improvements in backup and recovery, the foundational architecture of the hyperconverged solution help MyHeritage contain storage costs by achieving a data efficiency ratio of 57:1, allowing MyHeritage to maintain 1.24 PB of logical data while using only 22.2 TB of physical storage space. And the benefits extend even to MyHeritage’s business-critical applications, where the SimpliVity solution improved the performance of business-critical apps by up to 75%.
History is important. And MyHeritage is an important company because it connects people with their family history. And now the company isn’t held back by an IT infrastructure that can’t keep up with its growing technology needs and quickly scaling business model. With an upgraded IT environment, MyHeritage’s team can now focus on what they do best: connecting the present to the past.