Homes.com reduces costs and increases speed to market with infrastructure migration to Expedient Enterprise Cloud
"We have aggressive growth targets and we need to be nimble to scale to meet those goals. The combination of Expedient and VMware Cloud infrastructure gives us a foundation for continued success.”- Dave Mele, President, Homes.com
For anyone buying or selling a home, the real estate process can be at once exciting and stressful. From searching through home listings to completing a stack of closing paperwork, every step of the home buying journey demands reliable, quick access to information and services. Based in Virginia, Homes.com simplifies how people find, rent, and sell homes or commercial properties. Along with offering a directory of more than three million property listings, Homes.com tools include Match, Snap & Search, and Homes Connect to further aid linking brokers and customers with the perfect properties. Over the years, demand for Homes.com services has continued to rise, placing more pressure than ever on the company’s aging, on-premises IT environment.
When potential buyers look up properties on Homes.com, they see information ranging from high-resolution home photos to pricing history, mortgage resources, and other useful details. But as the scope of Homes.com services grew, the company’s infrastructure was straining to keep up with more than 120 million monthly page views as people perused about 3 million active listings with nearly 2.6 billion associated images.
The site’s previous infrastructure was inefficient to manage, built around an on-premises data center and a mix of cloud service providers. Along with rising hardware costs and challenges recovering data, the company’s legacy infrastructure was increasingly taxed to meet requirements for customer service-level agreements (SLAs). While Homes.com staff considered building a private cloud in-house, the team was concerned about the amount of resources that would require.
By working with Expedient, a premier VMware Cloud Provider partner, Homes.com was able to tap into the Expedient Enterprise Cloud (EEC) solution, powered by VMware Cloud infrastructure, that offers an ideal mix of cost-effective performance, reliability, and scalability. As part of EEC, Homes.com uses VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies, leveraging VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX Data Center, as a reliable foundation for its virtualized infrastructure integrating compute, storage, networking, and security.
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