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HotelsCombined.com is the world’s leading hotel price comparison search engines. The site collects and presents more than 2,500,000 real-time international hotel deals from a database of 235,000 hotels in 225 countries. More than 6.5 million users visit HotelsCombined.com each month to compare prices and make reservations.
The HotelsCombined.com search engine required a complex infrastructure solution. Its multi-threaded application architecture collects and processes data from a large number of sources, all in real-time.
However, HotelsCombined.com did not want to create, maintain, and support such a robust infrastructure itself. It felt hosting such an environment internally was a distraction from what the company does best: compile hotel price data and make it searchable. The company wanted to retain the advantage of allowing its developers and management to focus on the business’ core competencies.
HotelsCombined.com decided on SoftLayer as its IaaS provider and chose a complete range of products including load balancers, on-demand CloudLayer servers, and redundant iSCSI storage. The company is able to use several thousand cores of processing power provided by the SoftLayer servers.
“There are other providers claiming to offer identical or similar services,” said Sunny Gupta, communications manager for HotelsCombined.com. “We chose Softlayer based on its established track record and mature business processes, which is something that is very important to us.” SoftLayer provisions the high-end servers in hours and allows the company to manage its servers directly through its industry-leading Customer Portal, including routine but important management tasks such as changing load-balancer configurations and increasing iSCSI storage space.
Additionally, HotelsCombined.com chose SoftLayer because it has the newest technologies like scalable cloud computing, solid-state drives (SSD), and Nehalem X processes.