Former CEO and president of Tier 3, Adam Wray, and creator of the Data Gravity term and concept, Dave McCrory, to drive adoption of enterprise-ready distributed databases

CAMBRIDGE, MA – March 13, 2014Basho, the creator and developer of Riak, the industry leading distributed NoSQL database, today announced that Adam Wray has joined the company as chief executive officer and Dave McCrory as chief technology officer. Wray and McCrory will collaboratively lead Basho to deliver the most advanced open source distributed database to enterprises.

“Adam’s track-record speaks for itself – from driving business growth, to directing companies through great outcomes, he has consistently delivered as a successful leader,” said Chester Davenport, executive chairman of Basho. “We are also thrilled to have Dave on board with his extensive experience building technology for enterprises, particularly in the open source arena. Together, Adam and Dave will provide the strategic focus, business acumen and credibility to extend Basho’s presence across enterprises worldwide.”

“Enterprises are getting serious about production-capable unstructured databases that scale, like NoSQL, and Basho is able to help them address this,” said Wray. “Riak partners and investors support this need, and we have a long list of companies engaged to leverage our solutions – including The Weather Company, Best Buy and Comcast. I am looking forward to working with the management team and collaborating with the community and stakeholders to take advantage of the increasing enthusiasm within enterprises for non-structured databases that can scale across production environments.”

Wray is a cloud enterprise technology entrepreneur and executive with more than 20 years of experience. He has led a variety of companies at different stages, holding the positions of CEO, president, GM and product management. Most recently, Wray served as the CEO and president of Tier 3, where he led the company through nearly $20 million in funding from venture capitalists and grew the company from a startup with a small client portfolio and revenue stream to an eight figure annual run-rate ($10M+). Before joining Tier 3, Wray held operational leadership roles at Amazon, Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks. He is also currently a non-executive director of Cloudsoft Corporation and 6fusion USA.

“Companies are trying to deal with unprecedented data growth due to trends in areas like, real-time systems, the Internet of Things, mobile applications and games. These trends are beyond what traditional databases were originally designed for,” said McCrory. “As companies’ data storage needs scale, they must have the flexibility to provide consistent performance and availability across incredibly large and ever growing datasets. Basho has created a high availability key-value based solution that provides the scalability and performance to meet these companies’ needs.”

McCrory most recently served as SVP of engineering at Warner Music Group, where he led over 100 engineers building the company’s new Digital Services Platform, based on an open source enterprise platform as a service. His extensive experience in the cloud and virtualization industry included positions as a senior architect in Cloud Foundry while at VMware and as a cloud architect at Dell. Earlier in his career, he experienced successful exits for two companies he founded: Hyper9 (acquired by SolarWinds) and Surgient (acquired by Qwest Software). McCrory currently holds nine patented technologies in virtualization, cloud and systems management as a co–inventor. He is well known for inventing the concept and coining the term “Data Gravity,” which states that as data accumulates, there is a greater likelihood that additional services and applications will be attracted to this data and add to it.

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