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MyFamily: Lessons Learned

Getting Results
With their new Intel®- and Microsoft*-based systems and WARP architecture in place, MyFamily.com was able to reduce its number of Web servers from 16 to 8 and re-deploy four quad-CPU servers in the database tier. Average server utilization decreased from over 90 percent to 5 percent on database servers and 10 percent on Web servers. Throughput improved by 200 percent. And, most important, user satisfaction skyrocketed (source: MyFamily.com, Inc., December 2000).

All of this positive news has led MyFamily.com management to conclude that the company has achieved a substantial price/performance advantage over their competitors.

"We're very happy with the technology solution we've developed," says Daren Thayne, CTO and senior VP of Development. "We believe our hard costs are going to be ten times less expensive with the Intel and Microsoft solution than with competing platforms."

"We're very happy with the technology solution we've developed. We believe our hard costs are going to be ten times less expensive with the Intel´┐Ż and Microsoft* solution than with competing platforms."
Daren Thayne, CTO and Senior VP of Development, MyFamily.com

MyFamily.com's Chairman of the Board Curt Allen shares his enthusiasm. "At the end of the day," he says, " the money we're saving with an Intel and Microsoft-based solution has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on our business success. This new approach offers the same potential to other companies doing business on the Internet."

MyFamily.com now has unlimited growth potential. The company's developers and executives are confident that Intel®-based servers, Microsoft technologies, and WARP architecture can scale out to handle all the families on the entire planet. To be ready, the company is currently migrating to Windows* 2000 Server and planning to add more Intel® processor-based servers as the need arises.

Certainly no one could accuse the people at MyFamily.com of thinking small. "There are about two billion families in the world," says Curt Allen, "so we have our work cut out for us. But with our new WARP architecture running on the Intel and Microsoft platform, we believe we're ready to meet the challenge."


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