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German Lotto Company Plays It Safe With MySQL Cluster

Selects MySQL's Open Source Database For Online Lottery & Sports Betting System

MySQL AB, developer of open source database, announced that Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH has standardized on MySQL for all its appropriate future IT needs. The German lottery company based its selection on the success it has had using MySQL Cluster to run its online business applications.

Jörg Neue, Lotto Niedersachsen's IT Director, summarizes the economic advantages: "By using MySQL Cluster, we can perform a highly granular scaling of our databases, which allows us to be flexible in adapting to business growth." Scalability and high availability are distinct advantages for the registered customers and lottery pools that can now play their lottery games online. Jörg Neue especially applauds MySQL AB's professional consulting and support services that made it possible to create a high-performance system in a very short period of time.

"We provide customers with fault-tolerant availability of 99.999 percent", says Mike Wiedemann, MySQL AB's country sales director for Central Europe. He also explains the details of the Toto-Lotto's MySQL Cluster implementation: The software is run within a traditional architecture on the presentation, application and persistence level on two SQL and four NDB nodes in a Linux environment. Although the database currently holds 4 GB, the system is designed to comfortably scale to 14 GB and 1.600 queries per second.

Their MySQL Cluster system also supports applications for filling out lottery tickets online, participating in the TV lottery and purchasing various types of tickets. In addition, MySQL Cluster is used for the pay-out distribution and numbers archive maintained by the lottery association "Deutscher Lottoblock", which owns the information portal that hosts the Lotto Niedersachsen site.

According to Lotto Niedersachsen, their main reasons for the future expansion of its MySQL use are:  High speed,  Easy scalability, Availability of high-quality professional support, Excellent price/performance ratio. 

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