StorPool Storage Helps Game Studio Imperia Online to Achieve 100% Uptime and 3 Times Faster Load Time for 40 Million Users Globally

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Imperia Online, one of the biggest and most successful game production companies in Europe, chose StorPool storage to ensure 100% uptime and 3 times faster load time for its 40 million users globally. StorPool has delivered acceleration that allows Imperia Online’s customers to enjoy the game more.

Imperia Online, one of the biggest and most successful game production companies in Europe, chose StorPool storage to ensure 100% uptime and 3 times faster load time for its 40 million users globally.

The biggest challenges in the gaming industry, which Imperia Online was also experiencing, were providing extremely low latency of their games, keeping safe the players’ data and being always accessible. Players have high expectations. The services Imperia Online offers are data driven. They want their customers to be highly invested and spend a lot of time with the game. This means that poor performance is untenable. They needed a storage solution, which provides a competitive advantage, by decreasing the latency and page load time and eliminating any possible hardware related downtime.

Prior to implementing StorPool, Imperia Online used DAS storage with a mixture of HDDs and SSDs. They also tested hardware SANs from various vendors. However, the company was searching for better performance and uptime to keep the customers engaged and satisfied with the game.

The technical team of Imperia Online set out to make their service both highly available and incredibly fast as a speed in order to satisfy their customers’ high expectations. They wanted to move from the complicated solution they have built internally to something simpler and more powerful. After testing several other solutions, Imperia Online chose StorPool as the perfect fit, delivering a robust solution with blazing speed at a fair price.

By implementing StorPool, Imperia Online reduced its page loading time 3 fold: from 200-300 milliseconds per page to 75-100 miliseconds. This makes them 4 times faster than theirs biggest competitors. Migrating their databases to software-defined storage with high IOPS numbers played a significant part in the whole optimization. Another great feature of their shared storage is live migration of virtual machines between hypervisors, ensuring always-up production environments.

StorPool has delivered acceleration that allows Imperia Online’s customers to enjoy the game more. In fact, it has enhanced the gaming experience so much, that they now have double the number of players in the key target markets, who are willing to spend money to augment their experience.

The biggest advantages, which Imperia Online got, after deploying StorPool are:

  • scalability - both volume and IOPS-wise
  • redundancy and no downtime
  • end-to-end data protection
  • decreased page loading time
  • 100% reliability

“StorPool was a great fit and a very successful decision we made and I will recommend it to anybody. In the gaming industry you need to be always available and people take this for granted. You need to have an SDS technology to keep the players safe all the time. This technology provides great performance on a reasonable price and gives you a competitive edge. You do not have to worry about technology and can start thinking about your core business, which is making games.”, said Dobroslav Dimitrov, Co-founder of Imperia Online.

A detailed video about the successful collaboration between StorPool and Imperia Online can be seen on http://www.storpool.com/customers

About Imperia Online
Imperia Online was founded in 2005. Today it has more than 20 released games, including the flagship title Imperia Online - a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game. The company has over 40 million users in 194 countries. They develop games for web browsers, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and social networks.

About StorPool
StorPool is a distributed storage software which customers run on their standard servers to deliver shared-storage service. StorPool allows companies to run data storage on these standard servers in a converged or hyper-converged fashion, alongside applications. StorPool is used to build the most efficient public and private clouds. It delivers value in business terms – faster and more reliable service, happier customers, lower churn, highest possible ROI on a Total Solution Cost basis.
http://www.storpool.com

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