With a comprehensive collection of services including Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, myfamily.com and RootsWeb, TGN helps people to discover their roots, document their heritage, and sustain family legacies. In the midst of a significant growth phase, TGN has rolled out an impressive number of new websites, search engines and publishing platforms to serve their rapidly-growing user community.
As a result of exceptional business expansion, TGNâs Release Management Group manages approximately 400 production web servers. Servers are updated continuously, resulting in hundreds of update jobs every week. Maintaining content continuity across their network is a business-critical concern and a significant point of competitive advantage. In order to keep up with an ever-growing environment, and to maintain high standards for customer service, TGN realized the need to implement a web deployment solution that automated, streamlined and governed all update processes.
TGN turned to RepliWeb Deployment (R-1), as it uniquely addressed their need to manage content, code and IIS release cycles. Scheduling and process automation were also essential features for TGN, and proven strong points of R-1. The productâs API, diverse scheduling options and Transactional Update feature (which allows for timed âgo liveâ release of content or code across all servers in a datacenter) delivered production workflow benefits and reliability. R-1âs ability to manage IIS deployments was a significant advantage, which set it apart from other solutions.
âBefore we implemented R-1, making a single, manual IIS change on a 120-server farm might take one person eight hours to accomplish. Human error is also a concern â if someone makes a simple mistake on one or two machines, pinpointing and fixing the issue is like trying to find a needle in a haystack,â said Ron Hair, senior director of Web/IT Operations at TGN. âWith R-1, we can push that same IIS update out to the same farm in 10-15 minutes, and we donât have to worry about human error. These features really set R-1 apart, and theyâve improved the productivity of our group.â
âDeployment automation is essential for organizations like TGN that have thousands of servers under management. Improving processes or deployment times by a mere 10 percent can have a significant impact on IT operationsâ commented Yossi Moriel, CEO, RepliWeb. âIn organizations that depend heavily on IIS, R-1 delivers a significant improvement in deployment processes, delivering long term cost savings and dependability improvements across the board.â