UncommonGoods is an online marketplace and catalog offering creatively designed, high-quality—often handmade—merchandise at affordable prices. The online marketplace and catalog include special features that make shopping with the company an entertaining and convenient experience. It highlights the stories of its artists and designers and posts interesting facts and information related to product categories and featured items. It also donates a portion of each order to the customer’s choice of several nonprofit organizations.
“Our legacy architecture ran Oracle Database 10g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle’s Sun hardware,” said Casey McCarthy, chief technology officer, UncommonGoods. “We firmly believe that Oracle Database is the most stable and reliable database on the market. Oracle Database Appliance, which combines Oracle Database within a single, easy-to-deploy, and manage system, is engineered for simplified deployment, maintenance, and support of the database and application workloads.”
Oracle Database Appliance, combined with Cintra’s implementation blueprint, ensured that UncommonGoods could deploy its new data infrastructure significantly faster than it would take to build a custom architecture. It completed the deployment on time and in advance of the holiday season, cutting over to the new environment in a single, four-hour window.
Cintra continues to provide 24/7 remote database management and support services, which ensure high availability and stability.
Cintra, an Oracle partner, performed a rapid, detailed architecture assessment, which included analysis of business, capacity, and load requirements. Cintra then compared various architecture options, including custom server builds and engineered systems, and concluded that Oracle Database Appliance would provide UncommonGoods with the greatest performance boost while limiting exposure to high deployment and software costs. The group then created a roadmap that included recommendations for a migration to two Oracle Database Appliances and strategies to minimize downtime throughout the deployment process.
"Cintra delivered a high-performance, highly available database architecture with minimal Oracle licensing costs in time to meet the demands of the busy 2012 holiday season. We have confidence that Oracle Database Appliance will allow our business to scale to meet future growth projections," McCarthy said.