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Twenga’s Web Hosting Capability Increases

May 5, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsAmsterdam – LeaseWeb, one of Europe’s largest hosting providers, has supported the spectacular growth of its client Twenga. In the past year, Twenga, the global online shopping search engine has expanded its hosting capability from 100 to 300 servers.

This strong growth in server capability was driven by the success of Twenga’s 13 Web sites, including the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Russia, the United States and Australia. Twenga is a global price comparison and shopping search engine. The company was founded in 2006.

In March 2008, Twenga received about 11 million visits per month and indexed 30,000 e-retailers. One year later, by March 2009, these numbers had grown to 22 million visits and 60,000 e-retailers. Twenga’s product offering also grew significantly, from 70 million to more than 130 million products.

Twenga’s server expansion was designed primarily to meet the increasing demands of its crawler, the TwengaBot. This proprietary Web bot technology scans 200 millions Web pages every day. It uses some 200 out of Twenga’s 300 servers.

“In one year, the number of Web pages scanned by our crawler doubled from 100 million to 200 million,” explained Cédric Anès, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Twenga. “This rapid growth put very high demands on our server capability. We were able to rely on LeaseWeb’s large hosting capacity to scale up rapidly. LeaseWeb’s ability to add servers at any time was a crucial factor in our rapid growth.”

LeaseWeb delivers a dedicated, Linux-based hosting solution that uses LeaseWeb’s global hosting network (capacity: > 500 Gbps) to Twenga. The solution currently encompasses 300 servers, distributed by LeaseWeb over a series of 19 inch racks in CO2 neutral data center EvoSwitch. Twenga’s server infrastructure, as installed at LeaseWeb, includes crawler servers, search servers, web servers and database servers. The hosting solution also incorporates Cisco networking equipment, such as switches, firewalls and load balancers. The hosting solution was designed by Twenga’s engineers in collaboration with LeaseWeb’s engineers. The latter also provide 24×7 installation, management and knowledge-intensive support services.

About Twenga
Twenga, the new-generation search engine, enables millions of shoppers throughout the world to find what they want, at the best price, from the online shop of their choice.
Thanks to its proprietary technology, Twenga automatically gathers offers from online retailers and displays them in one searchable interface. As a result, Twenga has the most comprehensive listing of online shops. Its search results are objective and not biased by commercial relationships. Founded in 2006 by Bastien Duclaux and Cédric Anès, Twenga is headquartered in Paris, France; its 13 sites, including the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Russia, the United States and Australia, display more than 130 million offers from over 60,000 online shops. In March 2009, Twenga sites received over 22 million visits.

About LeaseWeb
LeaseWeb is an international provider of hosting solutions that focuses on the business market. The company is listed on the global top 20 of hosting providers and offers services such as virtualization, dedicated servers, colocation, streaming, web hosting and domain name registration. LeaseWeb owns a first rate network with a bandwidth exceeding 500 Gbps and expands via the main telecom carriers across 4 data centers in the Amsterdam area. LeaseWeb also has a presence in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Frankfurt, New York, Vienna, Stockholm, Warsaw, Zürich, Prague and Madrid via Internet exchanges. As a result, LeaseWeb enables companies worldwide to create and maintain their online presence in an easy and cost efficient manner. Founded in 1997, hosting provider LeaseWeb currently manages over 20,000 servers. LeaseWeb’s clients include Starbucks, Royal Joh. Enschedé, Kaspersky Lab, WIGE MEDIA AG, 123Video.nl, zaplive.tv, OGD, Relatieplanet.nl, MyAlbum.com and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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