Customer Spotlight: Datacenters.com
Datacenters.com is a technology marketplace and aggregator. They offer data center colocation, cloud, connectivity, hardware, software, and managed services from providers worldwide. Visitors can quickly search data center listings, compare provider offerings and purchase technology solutions.
The company’s technology stack is built on Ruby on Rails with a React frontend.
Like many young companies, Datacenters.com started with Heroku for the first version of their application. Mike Price, Datacenters.com’s CTO, found that Heroku was expensive if provisioned adequately, but otherwise slow. Reluctantly, Price moved the application to AWS, which addressed the company’s cost concerns without addressing architecture. If something – a bug, a memory leak – caused their application to go down, it required a server restart before things were back up again.
In normal circumstances, this might not create too many issues, but Price wanted “normal” to account for the unexpected. He knew this would require going multi-region and perhaps multi-cloud.
Datacenters.com began using Control Plane after a long search for other solutions. Because Datacenters.com was originally architected as a monolith, it required collaboration between Price’s team and Control Plane support to plan how to containerize the application and deploy it to two regions of two different cloud providers: AWS and GCP. Right now, their database is hosted directly on AWS, but Price plans to move this to Control Plane in the future.
Since switching to Control Plane, Price has been able to sleep a bit easier. If a replica – or even a region, or a whole cloud – goes down, his site is still up. Despite this Big-Tech-Grade resiliency, Price finds Control Plane to be relatively easy to use. It offers the streamlined developer experience they were looking for in Heroku without the constraints.
Datacenters.com serves customers all over the world, but is currently focused on North America. In the future, Price sees the ability to quickly add regions to their infrastructure in Control Plane as a way to expand the business geographically.
It’s been eight years since the company’s inception and while Datacenters.com has gone through numerous iterations, it has remained monolithic in its application architecture. Price is considering the pros and cons of switching to a microservices architecture to gain greater separation of concerns, but knows it’s a big job. The transition to Control Plane gives Price greater flexibility to plan for this project while keeping the current site up and running.
Datacenters.com gives customers greater transparency and options when shopping for colocation, bare metal and multi-cloud solutions. Control Plane enables Datacenters.com to offer resilient yet flexible service to their customers that doesn’t require sleepless nights.