Friday, 23rd August 2019
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Improving matchmaking performance

Tinder, the popular matchmaking mobile app, is leveraging ObjectRocket by Rackspace to power its matching and moment rating capabilities.

ObjectRocket provides Tinder with a highly available, infinitely scalable, database-as-a-service platform supported by Rackspace database expertise. Automation, specifically around sharding, allows Tinder to scale horizontally without taxing internal resources. Rackspace Managed Data Services, including ObjectRocket, simplifies database management by offering fully-managed public and private cloud solutions that span the most popular relational, NoSQL and big data platforms.

Since switching to Rackspace, Tinder has seen a 4x improvement in performance and stability. Additionally, with a staff of only 40, including 25 engineers, Tinder utilises Rackspace for ongoing support of its IT team. This allows the company to focus on innovating and growing its core business while leveraging Rackspace DBA experts to assist with routine database management and 24x7 monitoring.

“Rackspace’s offering is the best of breed,” said Ryan Ogle, CTO of Tinder. “ObjectRocket by Rackspace is the fastest, most reliable MongoDB offering that we’ve ever tried, and with Fanatical Support® and Rackspace Managed Cloud, we can rest assured knowing that we always have a team of dedicated experts on our side, operating as an extension of our in-house team. With such a popular, fast-growing app, this type of scalability and support is crucial for the success of our business.”

Initially launched in August 2012 as a pilot on select college campuses, Tinder is now available in 24 languages and has millions of users globally. The app uses geolocation technology to connect users with potential matches in a specific radius and allows users to anonymously like or reject matches by swiping right or left, respectively. Tinder matches two users when they mutually swipe right to “like” each other’s profiles, and moment capabilities allow users to take a photo and share it as a moment with all matches. Tinder users swipe through 1.7 billion profiles and make more than 25 million matches per day.

“The amount of data that businesses collect is growing exponentially, and the tools, knowledge and skills needed to manage that data at scale are becoming increasingly important as a result,” said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. “With ObjectRocket, Tinder leverages Rackspace’s economies of expertise in the data space so they can avoid the cost and burden of managing their data themselves. This way, Tinder can focus on performing at scale and continuing to innovate to connect more people around the globe.”

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