Basho Technologies is the creator and developer of Riak, a distributed database (sometimes categorized as a NOSQL database) that provides extreme high-availability, fault-tolerance, and operational simplicity, and Riak CS, a cloud-based object storage system that sits on top of Riak.
Riak has rapidly gained adoption throughout the Fortune 100 and has become foundational to many of the world’s fastest-growing Web-based, mobile and social networking applications, as well as cloud service providers offering public, private and hybrid solutions. Additional information on our customers and use cases is available here.
Basho deploys Riak in enterprise-grade environments:
- In situations engineered to leverage distributed systems concepts, such as geo-location, no single point of failure, and high-availability.
- In situations where traditional database models have failed, or where relational databases will fail to scale to forecast requirements, due to natural constraints on people, hardware, investments and operational resources.
With over 110 employees today, Basho represents one of the largest pools of engineers and technical talent devoted exclusively to distributed systems software. Basho enjoys the respect of a large and growing worldwide community of influential programmers, IT architects and academics.
Today, Basho offers open-source and commercial editions of Riak. Riak Enterprise extends Riak with additional features, including multi-datacenter replication, and provides customers with 24×7 customer support.
Riak CS powers public and private cloud storage platforms. Riak CS extends Riak by enabling multi-tenancy, large object support, and S3 compatibility.
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Basho is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has offices in London, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington DC.
Company History and Goals
Founded in 2008 by a group of engineers and executives from Akamai, Basho has developed industry-defining technology that is already deployed in more than 30% of the Fortune 50 and is gaining traction in many of the world’s fastest-growing Web-based, mobile and social networking companies. In addition, Basho’s software has earned the respect of a sizeable and growing community of influential programmers, IT architects and academics.
In the absence of commercially available solutions that combined high-scale, low-latency and ultra-availability, companies such as Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter designed database technologies internally to satisfy their needs. In 2008, Basho set out to address this void with the development of its distributed database. Riak faithfully adheres to the core design elements outlined by Dr. Eric Brewer’s CAP Theorem and in Dynamo, Amazon’s groundbreaking white paper that serves as the foundation for its highly-available, global shopping cart and other e-commerce applications. Basho’s disruptive solutions are solving a new class of data management problems and driving massive development and operational efficiencies for the largest and most important data management challenges – specifically, capturing, storing and processing data inside modern, distributed IT environments such as the cloud.
From the onset, Basho developed Riak to ensure:
Reliability – A truly masterless architecture with no single point of failure, providing ultra-availability
Availability – Built-in data replication that can span hundreds of nodes in multiple locations
Scalability – Unbounded, linear growth that is easy to predict and manage
Fault-Tolerance – Designed to handle network and / or host failures seamlessly
Operational Friendliness – Easy node administration and support for rolling upgrades, with virtually no need for planned or unplanned downtime
Developer Empowerment – Improved speed-to-market through application-specific definitions, querying and configuration, reducing the need for layers of database administrators
Predictable, Low Cost of Operations – Works with commodity hardware and is simple to manage, even at scale
Basho’s software is used by organizations whose applications must scale rapidly and efficiently to meet unexpected surges in demand and survive network, server or data center failures. Basho’s customers depend upon the performance of Riak, especially under high-demand and through hardware / network failure scenarios, to empower mission-critical, revenue-generating applications. These requirements are crucial in display advertising, e-commerce, insurance, digital media and entertainment, online gaming, social networking, security and cloud management, healthcare and financial services. Competitive pressures and customer expectations are expected to drive additional growth throughout these sectors and others as the advantages of distributed IT systems become widely understood. In addition, global telecommunication and hosting providers find the Company’s cloud storage technology, Riak CS, invaluable to building large scale cloud infrastructure to compete with providers such as Amazon.
Data is growing at an immense rate, requiring businesses of all sizes to reassess and re-architect their existing IT infrastructure. The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that the volume of data created and replicated globally will grow from 1.8 trillion gigabytes in 2011 to 7.9 trillion gigabytes by 2015, representing an annual growth rate of approximately 45%. Moreover, an increasingly social and mobile world is generating unstructured and semi-structured data (e.g. images, video, text messages, etc.) at an exponential rate. By some estimates, more than 50% of all data managed today is unstructured and is expected to grow by more than 200% annually. This unprecedented volume, variety and velocity of “Big Data” requires different database and storage technologies, as legacy relational databases and “Big Iron” hardware systems no longer adequately address evolving data needs in a cost-effective manner. Traditional, relational database software models were not designed for these new requirements and fail to meet the demand for scalability, availability, throughput, fault tolerance, location independence and development agility. Enterprises recognize this transition and are integrating Riak-type software in their next-generation IT systems.
The augmentation of legacy relational database technology with distributed solutions like Riak is driving tremendous industry disruption. Additionally, the transition to cloud computing platforms is creating significant opportunity for distributed cloud storage solutions such as Riak CS. According to McKinsey & Company, 95% of large enterprises are using, or considering, cloud computing platforms.
Adam WrayChief Executive Officer
Adam WrayChief Executive Officer
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.