September 11, 2012

The Riak community is more active than ever. Hundreds of companies have put Riak into production over the past several months alone (some names here) and we’ve been expanding our Meetups into cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and London.

Most recently, the inaugural Boston Riak group met at Basho’s Cambridge Headquarters on Massachusetts Ave. It was a great turnout, and the video from this first meetup is now available (below).

In this talk, Robby Grossman, Lead Engineer at Shareaholic, discusses his search for an alternative datastore. Like many before him, Robby decided to go with MongoDB at first, but operationally Robby found several limitations which caused him to re-evaluate the ecosystem, leading him to Riak.

Robby mentions that the Dev team at that time was only himself and one other engineer. The video runs just under 30 minutes with Q&A, so queue up some time this week to watch it, especially if you find yourself on a small team and in need of a robust data store that won’t cause more trouble than it’s worth.

Shareaholic creates social sharing, related content and content analytics tools for a global network of more than 200,000 websites, reaching over 300 million people each month. If you’re looking for an excuse to hack on cool tech like Riak full time, you’re in luck because they’re hiring.

I also heard a rumor that Robby will be at RICON next month in San Francisco, so if you want to chat with him face-to-face about their move to Riak, make sure you register.