StorPool – Imperia Online Case Study

StorPool – Imperia Online Case Study

100% uptime and 3 times faster load time for Imperia Online’s 40 million users aſter deploying StorPool

In this case study Dobroslav Dimitrov, Co-founder of Imperia Online and Borislav Mitev, Head System Administrator at Imperia Online explore how deploying StorPool has helped make Imperia Online 4 times faster than its biggest competitors.

A market leader in high speed, high efficiency distributed storage software, Storpool’s scalable block-storage software provided the optimum balance of speed, reliability, cost and efficiency for leading European gaming company Imperia Online.

Brochures & Resources

Storpool Product Fact Sheet 2017. DOWNLOAD  

Storpool Technical Overview V1702  . DOWNLOAD

Solution Brief – Storpool and Micron DOWNLOAD

Solution Brief – Storpool and Intel DOWNLOAD


Video 2 – Storpool in 2 minutes





 Video 2 – Storpool CLI technical overview


Storpool White Paper –  5 Things Storage Vendors Are Not Telling You. DOWNLOAD  



StorPool wins the “One to Watch”

Company of 2016 at the Cloud Hosting Awards

The Cloud Hosting Awards winners for 2016 were announced last night at a gala event at The Cumberland Hotel in London. Over 100 supporting guests gathered to see the outcome of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations.

We are delighted that StorPool won the “One to Watch Company” of 2016.

cloud hosting awards winners“What a wonderful surprise for StorPool to be one of the Cloud Hosting Awards winners. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to help businesses transition to the cloud Era and improve their competitive position and grow market share by innovation in the IT stack. Being shortlisted was nice, but winning this prestigious award shows that our efforts to reinvent the storage industry are noticed and appreciated. Congratulations to all other winners!” – Boyan Ivanov, CEO and co-founder at StorPool Storage

Case Studies

Imperia Online Case Study 2018





The Client

Imperia Online Ltd. is one of the biggest and most successful game production companies in Europe. It was founded in 2005. Today it has more than 20 released games, including the flagship title Imperia Online with over 40 million users worldwide. They develop games for web browsers, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and social networks.




IT Stack


  • 200 servers
  • 350+ VMs
  • Linux, Apache
  • PHP, MariaDB
  • 10 Gbit network
  • 50 hypervisors


Storage Solution


  • StorPool
  • OpenNebula, KVM
  • pure SSD cluster
  • x3 replication
  • 10 Gbit network

The Drivers

“The users will give you one chance only to like your product. If you do not perform well you are dead in the water before you have even started.  In our business one of the most important aspects is the technology, which you put behind.”

Dobroslav Dimitrov

Co-founder, Imperia Online

Prior to implementing StorPool, Imperia Online used DAS storage with a mixture of HDDs and SSDs. They also tried hardware SANs from various vendors. However, the company was searching for better performance and uptime to keep the customers engaged and satisfied with the game.

The Challenges

The biggest challenges in the gaming industry are providing extremely low latency of the game, keeping safe the players’ data and being always accessible. Players have high expectations.

The services Imperia Online offers are data driven. They needed a storage solution, which provides a competitive advantage, by decreasing the latency and page load time and eliminating any possible hardware related downtime.

The Criteria

The technical team of Imperia Online set out to make their service both highly available and incredibly fast as a speed in order to satisfy their customers’ demanding needs.

They wanted to move from the complicated solution they have built internally to something much more sophisticated. Aſter testing several other solutions, Imperia Online chose StorPool as the perfect fit, delivering a robust solution with blazing speed at a fair price.

The Solution

“Technical expertise, flexibility and easy process of deployment played a huge role when we chose StorPool. We are running a never sleeping game, played in the whole world so we have a very high demand for a fault tolerance, where the redundancy is a must.”

Borislav Mitev

Head System Administrator, Imperia Online

By implementing the solution, page loading time was reduced from 200-300 milliseconds per page to 75-100 miliseconds. This makes Imperia Online 4 times faster than its biggest competitors.

Migrating the database to soſtware-defined storage with high IOPS numbers played a significant part in the whole optimisation. Another great feature of their shared storage is live migration of virtual machines between hypervisors.

The Results

“StorPool was a great fit and a very successful decision we made and I will recommend it to anybody. In the gaming industry you need to be always available and people take this for granted.

You need to have an SDS technology to keep the players safe all the time. This technology provides great performance on a reasonable cost and gives you a competitive edge. 

You do not have to worry and can start thinking about your core business, which is making games.”

Dobroslav Dimitrov

Co-Founder, Imperia Online


Key Benefits Delivered After Deploying StorPool

Flexibility & Easy Deployment


Redundancy & No Downtime

Data Protection

Decreased Page Load Time

100% Reliability

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