No more crashing sites … thanks to Combell

  • 1 March 2011
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Nothing is easier than shopping online: no closing times and your purchases are delivered at home. is a Belgian web store that sells deeply discounted big brand products to its members. In order to be able to manage high traffic peaks on the site, found a reliable partner in Combell.

Combell was already there two and a half year ago, when got started. “Since the beginning, we chose external hosting”, says Kim Nuyts from “That was easier, considering that we were just 4 collaborators. In the meantime, the number of employees increased significantly, following the evolution of our web store. Our server park lso
evolved. In the beginning, we worked with a single dedicated server, which means that we did not have to share the capacity with other customers of Combell. Now, 12 dedicated servers support our online platform. That is quite a lot, but it was not a luxury if you take into account that, in the meantime, we reached more than 700.000 members. Our “flash sales” system also creates high traffic peaks on our site. We announce every sale to our members via e-mail. A sale lasts for three to five days and starts at a fixed hour. So, if you want to secure your purchase, you must react quickly!”

Vente’s issue
As an online store, was looking for a flexible hosting partner that grows together with the company and that is able to manage the high traffic peaks on the website.

Combell’s solution
Combell’s external hosting on dedicated servers makes it perfectly possible to evolve together with the company and to manage the high traffic peaks on the e-commerce platform. The traffic peaks are spread by load balancers on 2 dedicated servers over 6 web servers, in order for everything to work smoothly. The redundant database server set-up (1 active server whose entire content is synchronously copied on a passive server) secures all the data.

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