Pythian helps TinyCo expand operations globally

Customer Success

Pythian helps TinyCo expand operations globally 

TinyCo needed to focus on getting new games to market, leaving no time to manage their complex data infrastructure. Pythian became an extension of their team. 


TinyCo is the San Francisco-based mobile gaming powerhouse responsible for app store chart-toppers like Tiny Monsters, Tiny Village, and Tiny Zoo Friends. Their games consistently reach the top-grossing charts on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. 

Serving up more than a million downloads a month, TinyCo needed to focus on getting new games to market, leaving no time to manage their complex data infrastructure. 

While TinyCo had used larger database companies in the past, their impersonal, help-desk-style service meant anyone from TinyCo calling in for support had to retrace technical details every time. Pythian’s expertise and dedicated team engagement model fit TinyCo’s needs. 

What we did

  • Managed TinyCo’s MySQL and Cassandra cluster 
  • Provided TinyCo with a highly scalable, next-generation architecture 
  • Addressed their connectivity needs; TinyCo wanted a more efficient process, with fast, simple, cost-effective storage, easy scalability, and integration 
  • Selected the OpenVPN Access Server as a VPN gateway  
  • Created a site-to-site VPN between Rackspace and Amazon 
  • Deployed a Vertica cluster at Amazon 
  • Provided round-the-clock expert support 

Technologies used

  • MySQL 
  • Cassandra 
  • Rackspace 
  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud 
  • Vertica cluster 

Key Outcomes

Pythian has been an extension of our team. I can spend eight hours researching an obscure problem or call them and they’ve probably encountered it before and can fix it. They provide us with a depth of expertise and we’ve been able to lean on them for maintenance and operational support.

– Bo Shi, Software Engineer, TinyCo 
  • 3 x increase in performance, more capacity, and better scalability  
  • Zero downtime migration from Rackspace to Amazon VPC 
  • Easier manageability through a new web-based interface 
  • Reduced costs for licensing with OpenVPN Access Server 
  • Enhanced security from site-to-site VPN 

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