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.
Dave McCroryChief Technology Officer
Dave McCroryChief Technology Officer
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.
Jon MeredithSVP Technical Operations
John MeredithSVP Technical Operations
Jon joined Basho in March 2010. He has spent the bulk of his career programming data stores and data processing. After working on hierarchical databases, SQL interpreters and column stores, he’s moved on to Dynamo-like systems. He even used a relational database once.
Jon studied at the University of East Anglia and UC Davis with a 1st class honours degree in Electronic Engineering.
Marisa LinardosSVP and Chief Financial Officer
Marisa LinardosSVP and Chief Financial Officer
Marisa Linardos is responsible for managing Basho Technologies’ Finance, Human Resource, and Office Management functions. Marisa has 15 years of Finance and Accounting experience at start-ups and international consultancies specializing in financial planning and analysis, cash management, and financial reporting.
Prior to Basho, Marisa was Corporate Finance Manager at Monitor Company Group where she was responsible for Monitor’s worldwide financial reporting, budgeting, analysis, and modeling for the consulting partnership. Prior to Monitor, Marisa provided financial consulting services to TIAX LLC, and held several corporate and operational Finance positions at Arthur D. Little. Marisa holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Bentley College.
Pete SheldonVP of Sales & Business Dev
Pete SheldonVP of Sales & Business Dev
As Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Pete Sheldon leads Basho’s sales team, with particular focus on enterprises and cloud service providers. Pete has 15 years of leadership and account management experience in the information technology and services industry. He possesses a strong track record of building demand and adoption of emerging IT Solutions, while consistently proving to be a top performer across multiple markets and industries. Prior to joining Basho, Pete served as Regional Manager and Practice Lead for Verizon Business Global Services. At Verizon, Pete led the Mid-Atlantic Cybertrust Security Practice focused on Information Security and GRC Professional and Managed Services. Previously, Pete was an original member of the TruSecure sales leadership team, which was acquired by Cybertrust, and ultimately formed the world’s largest global security services company. Pete was a key contributor in the successful sales team integration and sales plan execution efforts following both the Cybertrust/TruSecure acquisition in 2004 and Verizon’s acquisition of Cybertrust in June 2007.
Prior to Cybertrust, Pete held several sales positions at DIGEX (now Verizon Business), the market pioneer and leader of mission-critical web and application managed hosting services for Fortune 1000 enterprises and web-centric companies.
Mark MartinesSVP of Corporate Development
and Chief Legal Officer
Mark MartinesSVP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
Mark is Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer. Mark brings over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and an attorney. At Basho, Mark leads the Company’s corporate development and legal matters.
Prior to joining Basho, Mark was Associate General Counsel at Citrix Systems, Inc. He also previously held the position of EVP of Strategic Alliances and General Counsel at Jenzabar, Inc., and was partner at McDermott, Will & Emery.
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tufts University and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.
Sam TakagiGeneral Manager, Basho Japan and Asia Pacific
Sam TakagiGeneral Manager, Basho Japan and Asia Pacific
Sam is the head of Basho’s operations in Japan and the Asia Pacific market. With over 28 years experience in assisting U.S. companies to expand operations into Japan, Sam also draws expertise from time spent as a Sales Director at Joyent, a Consultant for Google, and a CEO at SAMCO Marketing. He has also served as CEO for a host of other Japanese companies.Sam received a Master’s degree in Linguistics and International Studies from the University of Utah. His specialties include management, fund raising and revenue generation, strategic business development, and customer acquisition.
Chester C. Davenport
Executive Chairman, Basho Technologies
Chester C. Davenport is Executive Chairman of Basho Technologies and Managing Director of Georgetown Partners LLC, a private equity firm he founded more than 20 years ago. He has since served as chairman of GTE Consumer Services Inc., Georgetown’s $3.2 billion joint venture with GTE providing cellular service to consumers in the Greater Chicago and St. Louis metropolitan areas. Mr. Davenport also served as Chairman of Envirotest Systems Corp., a publicly traded company with a market value of more than $650 million.
Previously, Mr. Davenport was an Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Transportation. He has worked in the United States Senate as a legislative assistant to Senator Alan Cranston of California and began his career as an attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Mr. Davenport is a graduate of Morehouse College and received his LL.B from the University of Georgia Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Davenport serves as trustee of both the University of Georgia (UGA) Foundation, where he is a member on the audit committee and investment committee, and Morehouse College.
Earl Galleher has been commercializing successful Internet technology companies for the past 17 years. He co-founded Basho Technologies in January 2008 and he held the position of Chairman and CEO from its inception in January 2008 through June 2011. In that time he guided the company through its founding and early growth, raising $17.5 million of equity financing and building a board of directors of industry luminaries.
Prior to Basho, Earl was a Series A investor in and the Executive Vice President of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), from it’s inception, through it’s IPO and highest growth years. In just two years, Earl built a global sales, marketing, service and support organization of 650 employees in 6 countries and he grew revenue from $0 to $165 million annually.
Earl’s record of success in developing valuable Internet companies began in 1996 when he created and was President of the Web Site Management Services Division of Digex, Inc. He led Digex, now part of Verizon Communications, to become the world’s largest provider of corporate web site hosting services for Fortune 2000 corporations. Earl participated in executing a successful IPO of DIGEX in 1997, raising $48 million, and he participated in the sale of the company for $178 million in June, 1998.
In between Akamai and Basho, Earl dedicated his full time effort as Chairman of the Board of KIPP DC, a Washington DC charter school. From 2003 through 2007, he guided an aggressive expansion of KIPP DC from one middle school serving 160 students in the most underserved areas of DC, to a seven-school system, including three elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school, all in Southeast Washington DC. Today, KIPP DC is the number one performing charter or public school/school system in the District of Columbia, serving over 2,000 students. Earl continues to serve as a Board member of KIPP DC.
Robert L. Reisley
Robert L. Reisley is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Evergreen Industries, LLC, a private investment firm, and President of Evergreen Capital Advisors, Inc., a merchant banking firm he founded in 1996. Rob is also a Member of Georgetown Partners.
Over the past two decades, he has played a major entrepreneurial role in advising, financing, and founding early stage and emerging growth companies, primarily in the healthcare, business services and information technology industries. Notably, he sponsored the successful management buyout of Research Pharmaceutical Services and played an instrumental role in the creation of Quench USA.
Previously, Rob was a Principal of Eureka Growth Capital, Managing Director of KBL Healthcare, Vice President of ING, and as a principal in a family-controlled buyout firm. His early career experience includes investment banking at EF Hutton and consulting at ICF. Rob currently serves on the Boards of MTI Precision Products (Chairman), IAB Solutions (Chairman), and MCMC LLC. He graduated from Bowdoin College in with a B.A. in Economics 1979 and earned an MBA from the Wharton School in 1983.
Atsushi “Ash” Yamanaka
Ash Yamanaka joined the Board of Directors at Basho in February 2013.
Ash is a General Manager in President Office of IDC Frontier Inc., a Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Service Provider in Japan where he is in charge of business strategy, business planning, investment planning and external affairs. Ash also serves as a Steering Committee Member for Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) where he leads various industrial and governmental collaboration activities as an industry representative.
He started his career as a Data Center specialist at Japan Telecom (current Softbank Telecom) in 2000, followed by joining Softbank IDC (current IDC Frontier) from its foundation in 2005 where he led many multi-million-scale Data Center construction projects which received many domestic and international awards.
Ash received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London, and also is an Associate of Royal College of Science (ARCS).
Anthony S. Thornley
Mr. Thornley, currently the Director of Callaway Golf, joined the Board of Directors of Basho in October 2010. From February 2002 to July 2005, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of QUALCOMM Incorporated, the San Diego-based company that pioneered and developed technologies used in wireless networks throughout much of the world. He previously served as QUALCOMM’s Chief Financial Officer since 1994, while also holding titles of Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President.
Prior to joining QUALCOMM, Mr. Thornley worked for Nortel Networks for 16 years, serving in various financial and information systems management positions including Vice President of Public Networks, Vice President of Finance NT World Trade, and Corporate Controller Northern Telecom Limited. Before Nortel, Mr. Thornley worked for Coopers & Lybrand. Mr. Thornley is the CEO of Callaway Golf Company, and is a director of Cavium Networks (a semiconductor company), Transdel Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Proximetry Inc. (a privately held wireless network management company), Gorgon Media, Inc. (a privately held application software business), Public Wireless (a privately held wireless solutions company), Tip City (a privately held company in the business of communicating deals offered by restaurants on-line and through smart phones), and KMF Audio, Inc. (a privately held microphone company) where also serves as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Thornley received his degree in chemistry from Manchester University, England, and is qualified as a chartered accountant.
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