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Europe’s largest online hotel reservation site Booking.com has selected the MySQL open source database to process tens of thousands of online bookings a day.

Europe’s largest online hotel reservation site Booking.com has selected the MySQL open source database to process tens of thousands of online bookings a day.

The reservations firm handles bookings at 30,000 hotels in 8,000 destinations worldwide, through a website that is available in 15 languages.

Booking.com uses a scalable architecture of approximately 20 MySQL database servers and has subscribed to the MySQL Enterprise Unlimited support package, which offers round the clock support and access to proactive monitoring and advisory services.

The “scale-out” architecture allows the reservation firm to cost-effectively manage high traffic growth. It enables the business to improve application performance and scalability on an incremental, as-needed basis by adding multiple replicated database servers on low-cost commodity hardware.

Booking.com senior developer Herald van der Breggen said: “Booking.com is growing significantly every year. That’s why we wanted to scale with a factor 10 in 2006.

“Because the MySQL database is based on open standards, building our system was very easy and fast, and integrated with very low expense. MySQL’s open source structure offers us opportunities for growth and integration because data replication can be introduced and managed from an early stage.”

The reservations company is expanding globally, and opened new offices in Cape Town, Munich, Warsaw and Dubai in April.