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Announcing Riak on Microsoft Windows Azure

October 9, 2012

Basho is excited to announce that – in partnership with Microsoft – Riak is a fully-supported and tested NoSQL database option for Windows Azure. Our goal has been to increase the deployment options we can recommend for Riak on public clouds. Riak brings a master-less, scalable, distributed database option to Azure. And one that’s straightforward to administer… at scale.

As of today, the preferred OS for Riak on Azure is CentOS 6.2. The Basho team has created extensive documentation and packaging tools that will enable you to get Riak up and running in just a few minutes on the platform.

This is just the beginning of our work on Azure. Over the coming weeks we’ll be working with the Microsoft team to add tools that make creation and benchmarking of large clusters simple. We have started development to automate the creation of Riak clusters for benchmarks. We will also be hardening an official Riak image for the gallery and much more.

On a related note, Microsoft is sponsoring RICON this week in San Francisco, and all attendees will be getting some complimentary time to run Riak on Azure. We’re looking forward to people getting some good use on the platform.

If you have any questions or issues with Riak on Azure, or want to contribute, join the Riak Mailing list and make your voice known or start filling issues against the repos on GitHub.

The Basho Team

Riak Docs Get an Overhaul

October 8, 2012

I’m proud to announce that today, Basho has delivered an overhaul to our existing documents to docs.basho.com. We streamlined the navigation, look and feel, and content. We also made some changes that will allow us to easily document future versions of Riak, without crushing legacy documents.

When I first investigated Riak for my book, I was impressed by the technical elegance of the project, but wished that the documentation better conveyed the beauty of the project. Today’s launch takes us one step closer to helping Riak users, and the merely curious, to discover the beauty I had — without resorting to reading the source code.

Crafting documentation isn’t the sexiest piece of an open source project, but it’s one of the vital ones. You can have amazingly well designed code (we do) that’s well tested (it is), but if users don’t know how to work it, your project will never grow beyond a curiosity for insiders and dedicated enthusiasts.

There is a lot to get excited about these changes. Here are a few of the gems:

Ground-up Information Architecting

The top goal of this rebuild was to make it easier to quickly find the information you’re looking for. We organized our existing wiki docs (which were growing a bit wild) into categories which would be of interest to various end users: beginners, developers and operators, and separated guides from references.

We have new avenues for finding docs, beyond the obvious primary navigation on the left. As you dive into the pages you may notice subtler forms. At the top of some longer docs, there exists a table of contents for fast navigation. And floating to the right is a version bar. This allows you to see versions of this document that apply to older versions of Riak.

TOC and Versions

Once you read through a document, most pages have a secondary “These May Also Interest You” list of links you might also want to read up on.

Interests

Most docs are also tagged with keywords. If you click one, you’ll be taken to an index of all documents with that same keyword for fast orthogonal navigation. Click on

Keywords

Version History

One of the realities of managing docs is wrangling changes to the application between versions. If you’re not careful, your documentation can easily become out of date, or filled with warnings (note! this only applies to 1.2.x!). We were inspired by the way that Node.js managed their docs, keeping every previous version since the beginning of time and pointing the latest directory to the newest version.

This allows you to not only navigate back in time to older versions, but also helps reduce the chance of broken links and allows us to evolve the design over time without confusing those who are used to older document versions.

Complete Redesign

The docs don’t merely reflect Basho’s newer styles, but also an intent to give you the information you need to get things done. Collapsible nav is useful when reading out side-by-side docs (check out our Riak to Dynamo comparison work in progress).

A responsively designed site will shrink/hide items to take full advantage of smaller screens like iPads and smartphones.

Mobile Design

The design has other goodies, too, like a straightforward landing page, clear code samples, and easy to read type and font sizes.

Landing Page

The navigation look and feel should also help clarify where you are in the documentation at all times, reducing the chance of getting lost.

Technology

Though not a primary concern for most Riak users, these docs were all build using Middleman 3, plus many of custom plugins and other magi-hackery.

Similar to the Riak wiki, the Riak documentation and code is open source, and is open for anyone to contribute. I also created a new FAQ Markup Language, called FML. All of our FAQs are written in this markup. The rest is largely markdown and Middleman’s frontmatter.

Riak Search

This isn’t out yet, but look for it within the week.

The old wiki site used Google to search through the static site, so we thought: why not use Riak?

We’re test driving the newest Riak Search functionality for some good reasons. Importantly, we use Riak Search to eat our proverbial dog food. But there’s a better reason: because the new search ended up being the best method for searching content with high uptime.

We wanted to search with facets, by version ranges for example. We wanted to extract metadata from each document’s frontmatter, so we created a custom extractor. Clearly we wanted full-text search. We wanted it to be fast and distributed, a core feature of the new search.

The new Riak Search leverages the real power of SOLR, with the benefit of Riak KV as a storage engine. One installation. One cluster to manage. No mess, no fuss.

We’re sorry to have to play teaser to this new search, but it will be out before you know it. (If you’re at RICON this week, you’ll be learning all about it.)

Thanks

So many people made these docs possible, there are literally too many to name them all here. But special thanks go to John Newman for his amazing design skills, Seth Benton and Brian Shumate for amazing work and eyes to detail. Justin Pease and the CliServ team for their hand in a realistic view of what users actually need; Mark Phillips, Shanley Kane, and the rest of Marketing for a strategic vision for these docs; Sean Cribbs and the Basho Engineering Team for working on version 1.0 of the docs; Ryan Zezeski for the new search, and the rest of Basho and our community for supporting this project.

This isn’t the Oscars, so I’ll just add, thanks go to everyone who had a hand in making these, including the community who worked to build Riak docs v1.0. Writing documentation might seem easy, but it’s a massive undertaking—and this is just the beginning.

Eric Redmond

RICON Is Sold Out…But Don't Worry

October 8, 2012

At this point you probably know that for the past several months the Basho Team has been planning a two-day conference dedicated to both Riak and distributed systems. We’ve christened this conference RICON and it’s happening this Wednesday in San Francisco.

As of the middle of last week, RICON is officially sold out. A few days from now, hundreds of hackers, technologists, and executives from around the globe (just north of 350 total attendees to be exact) will descend on the W Hotel in SOMA for two full days of talks from some of the industry’s leading minds on distributed systems. (There will also be copious hacking and a big party; more details on the latter below.)

If you will not be joining us in SF this week, there is no need to be upset. In the spirit of sharing and open-source, we’ve gone through great lengths to include you:

RICON Live

Once the conference starts, we’ll be making all the proceedings available from the RICON Live site.

  • First and foremost, we’re live-streaming all the talks, starting at 9AM Pacific on Wednesday. This is thanks to the brilliant folks at Fastly (who, in a number of days, built the ability to stream specially for RICON).
  • Keep an eye on the #RICON2012 tweets and bump the RICON playlist in your home, office, coffee shop, or house boat.
  • Track all the code, slides, and other resources that are released at RICON.

To everyone attending Wednesday, we look forward to seeing you there. To those of you who couldn’t make it, enjoy RICON Live. And make sure to register for RICON2013.

Thanks for being a part of Riak and RICON.

The Basho Team

Basho Japan Opening Ceremony

October 5, 2012

The opening of Basho’s Tokyo office, has been an exciting endeavor for everyone involved. We felt that Basho’s arm in Japan should embrace the traditions and culture of Japanese business whole-heartedly, so the opening ceremony for Basho Japan was held in traditional, Japanese “Shinto” fashion.

Following Japanese business tradition, a Shinto priest was invited from the local shrine Suga-Jinjya to perform a ceremony that, by the Shinto tradition, will help Basho continute to do well in Japan.

Following is the video of the opening ceremony in Japan. Enjoy!

Basho Japan Opening Ceremony 26 Sept 2012 from Basho Technologies on Vimeo.

Basho UK Launch Party

October 1, 2012

tl;dr – RSVP to our London Launch Party on Wednesday, 3 October 2012.

At the beginning of this year, Ian Plosker and I were tasked to bring the quality service Basho is known for in the US to our customers in Europe. We came to London in March to find the future office of Basho’s European headquarters. We found a comfy office in the heart of the thriving startup community in Shoreditch.


Since May we have decorated, hired, started the Riak London Meetup, attracted attention and added new customers – our European operations are running strong. This week, it is time for us to take step back and celebrate this milestone in Basho’s history.

This Wednesday, the 3rd of October at Corbet Place (The Old Truman Brewery) in Shoreditch at 18:30 BST, we are having a party and you should be there. The space is limited to 200 people, so please RSVP. Come celebrate with Basho executives, employees, investors, customers, and Riak users – registration, beer, and canapes are free.

Basho Opens Tokyo Office to Support Growing Adoption of Riak throughout Japan and Asia Pacific


Basho expands business into the Asian marketplace.

CAMBRIDGE, MA and TOKYO, JAPAN – September 27, 2012Basho Technologies,
the worldwide leader in distributed database and cloud storage software, announced today the inauguration of its Japanese business operations, Basho Japan KK, and the opening of its Tokyo Office.

The commencement of Basho Japan follows the strategic business partnership formed between Basho and Yahoo! JAPAN and its subsidiary, IDC Frontier on July 17, 2012. The partnership, which includes a strategic financial investment in Basho by IDC Frontier, is geared to accelerating Basho’s expansion into the Japanese market. Both Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier also committed to deploy Basho’s technology in their platforms. Under the partnership, Yahoo! JAPAN will use Riak, Basho’s NoSQL distributed database, within its various service offerings and IDC Frontier will use Riak CS, Basho’s Cloud Storage product, throughout its large footprint of data centers. IDC Frontier plans to offer a new service using Riak EnterpriseDS, which comes with advanced features, services and support.

At a private seminar hosted by IDC Frontier earlier today in Tokyo, Basho’s CEO Don Rippert, commented: “The opening of Basho Tokyo reflects our confidence that businesses throughout Japan will increasingly seek to build applications that require next generation NoSQL database and cloud storage technology to meet growing customer expectations for Web, mobile, social and cloud performance. We built Riak from the ground up to support distributed, elastic, cloud architectures, including an advanced built-in multi-data center replication capability. As evidenced by our strategic partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier, which represent two of the leading search and data center providers in Japan, Riak is an important foundational component for the next generation of infrastructure.”

Basho Japan’s Tokyo Office is located at NK7 Building 3rd Floor 2-9. Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku and is headed by Mr. Sam Takagi. Prior to joining Basho, Mr. Takagi served as Sales Director for Joyent and General Manager Japan for On2 Technologies, acquired by Google.

Basho’s expansion into Japan follows the recent launch of its European operation and the company’s London Office in June 2012.

Quotes

Mr. Sam Takagi, General Manager, Asia Pacific and President, Basho Japan KK

Mr. Takagi said, “The commencement of Basho Japan demonstrates a significant commitment to actively engage and support a vibrant community of Riak users and customers throughout Japan. We will work hard to provide local support and services that help Japanese businesses quickly design and deploy Riak and Riak CS to both maximize their next generation applications and meet their cloud infrastructure requirements.”

Mr. Yutaka Shinto, President and CEO of IDC Frontier

Mr. Shinto commented: “The launch of Basho Japan underscores Basho’s effort to be a market product and service provider in Japan. We are excited to support customer deployments of Riak throughout our data center infrastructure. Further, we continue to work with Basho to enhance our cloud infrastructure, which will offer customers new cloud storage benefits, such as availability and reliability, as well as cost advantages.”

Kenji Rikitake, Professor at Kyoto University and Professional Internet Engineer

On Basho and the technology industry, Mr. Rikitake said: “Basho Technologies has been taking a leadership role on building a fault-tolerant, extendable, and affordable distributed systems. Riak has already become a standard among large-scale cloud service companies, and has gained strong support by the active open-source community. I believe Riak will continue to play an even more important role on maintaining the essential resiliency and robustness for providing massive data required by the future applications on the Internet.”

About Basho Japan

Launched September 2012, Basho Japan KK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Basho Technologies. Basho Japan provides sales and services to support the growth of Riak and Riak CS throughout Japan. For more information, visit http://www.basho.co.jp.

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, social, and ecommerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak™ to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is available open source for download at www.basho.com/resources/downloads. Riak™ EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak™ CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.basho.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Contact

Miyuki Washino, senior consultant
The Hoffman Agency Japan
+81 3 5159 5750
mwashino@hoffman.com

Randy Hamilton
Director of Corporate Communications
Basho Technologies
randy@basho.com

Basho to Speak on Erlang Web Servers, Consistent Data Structures at Strange Loop, Sponsor Surge 2012


Basho employees will speak at Strange Loop in September 2012. The company is also sponsoring the conference.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 24, 2012Basho Technologies, the worldwide leader in distributed database technologies, announced today that the Company is speaking at and sponsoring Strange Loop, a multi-disciplinary conference aimed at software developers, taking place in St. Louis from September 23-25, 2012. The Company is also a platinum sponsor of Surge 2012 presented by OmniTI and focused on the importance of scalability, taking place in Baltimore from September 27-28, 2012.

Strange Loop brings together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow’s technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, mobile development and the Web.

Surge brings the most experienced practitioners and international colleagues together to make face-to-face connections and learn from the triumphs and failures of the best in the industry. Some of Basho’s customers top the list of speakers at Surge 2012 including Comcast, Braintree, Yammer and Voxer.

Speaker Details at Strange loop

Topic: “Erlang Web Development with Yaws”

  • Speaker: Steve Vinoski, Architect at Basho
  • Description: Yaws—“Yet Another Web Server”—is an open source, full-featured scalable Erlang Web server that can run standalone or be embedded into other applications. This discussion will provide an overview of Yaws, its features, as well as explain the incredible power that Erlang brings to web development and distributed systems.
  • Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 2:00-2:50pm
  • Location: Peabody Opera House-Centene Room 1400 Market St. St Louis, MO 63103

Topic: “Eventually Consistent Data Structures”

  • Speaker: Sean Cribbs, Software Engineer at Basho
  • Description: There are many reasons to use an eventually-consistent database including increased availability, lower latency and fault-tolerance. However, doing so requires a change to structure client applications and certain types of traditional data structures. This discussion will outline some of the most useful Convergent Replicated Data Types (CRDTs) to tolerate eventual consistency and how to apply them to solve real-world data problems.
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 1:00-1:50pm
  • Location: Peabody Opera House-Theater 1400 Market St. St Louis, MO 63103

About Strange Loop

Strange Loop was created in 2009 by software developer Alex Miller and is now run by a team of St. Louis-based friends and developers under Strange Loop LLC, a for-profit but not particularly profitable venture. https://thestrangeloop.com/

About Surge 2012

Surge 2012 is the only conference by and for web practitioners. Meet and network in the Tremont Grand’s intimate setting. Located in the heart of Baltimore, near the world-famous Inner Harbor, the beautiful, historic space and five-star service of the Tremont Plaza hotel and Tremont Grand make meetings with existing clients and prospects a pleasure. http://omniti.com/surge/2012

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, and e-commerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is open source and packages are available for download at http://wiki.basho.com/Riak.html. Riak EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.basho.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Basho to Speak on Polyglot Persistence at DataWeek


Basho’s Director of Product Management will participate in a panel discussion on Polyglot Persistence at DataWeek.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 20, 2012Basho Technologies, the worldwide leader in distributed database technologies, announced today that Shanley Kane, Director of Product Management at Basho, is participating in a panel discussion on Polyglot Persistence at the world’s first annual DataWeek Conference and Festival taking place in San Francisco from September 22-27, 2012. The panel will focus on the explosion of NoSQL and what solutions benefit companies from startups to the enterprise.

DataWeek is the largest convergence of the Big Data, Social Data and Cloud Data industries featuring more than 200 speakers from data leaders such as Google, IBM, Netflix and Amazon.

Event and Panel Details

Topic: “Polyglot Persistence – Why One Size No Longer Fits All”
Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:00am PT
Location: Cartoon Art Museum-Room 1, 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Panel Speakers:

Basho is Hiring

Basho is a leader and innovator in the next generation of distributed systems technologies. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate candidates interested in helping grow Basho worldwide. For more information on employment opportunities with Basho, please visit http://bashojobs.theresumator.com/.

About DataWeek

DataWeek is a 6-Day Conference & Festival in downtown San Francisco. After hosting the Data 2.0 Conference 2011 and the Data 2.0 Summit 2012, our team’s goal is to organize the largest data-centric conference & festival in the nation.

Each day of DataWeek has a different business and technology focus ranging from the Saturday and Sunday startup and developer activities to industry-specific Labs on September 24th through 27th.

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, and e-commerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is open source and packages are available for download at http://wiki.basho.com/Riak.html. Riak EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.basho.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Basho CEO to Speak at Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit


Basho CEO Don Rippert will speak on cloud storage adoption at Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 17, 2012Basho Technologies, the worldwide leader in distributed database technologies, announced today that Basho’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Rippert, is participating in a panel discussion at 451 Research‘s 8th annual North American Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit taking place in Las Vegas from September 18-September 20, 2012. The panel will focus on how service providers can benefit from innovative technologies and approaches that are emerging around cloud storage.

Event and Panel Details

Topic: “Cloud Storage – Show Me the Money!””
Date/Time: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 1:30pm to 2:10pm ET
Location: Aria Resort and Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV

Panel Speakers:

The panel will be moderated by Simon Robinson, Research Vice President of Storage at 451 Research.

Basho is Hiring

Basho is a leader and innovator in the next generation of distributed systems technologies. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate candidates interested in helping grow Basho worldwide. For more information on employment opportunities with Basho, please visit http://bashojobs.theresumator.com/.

About HCTS

The Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit, North America (HCTS NA) is the premier forum for executives in the hosting, cloud computing, datacenter and Internet infrastructure sectors. Corporate leaders, industry visionaries, practitioners, financial professionals and end users come together to learn, network and map out strategies for today’s rapidly changing marketplace. The program at the Summit provides a complete overview of the opportunities and challenges facing the hosting and cloud industries in a power-packed three-day format.

About 451 Research

451 Research, a division of The 451 Group, is focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company’s analysts provide critical and timely insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Business value is delivered via daily concise and insightful published research, periodic deeper-dive reports, data tools, market-sizing research, analyst advisory, conferences and events.

Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on 451 Research’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. 451 Research is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle, and Denver.

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, and e-commerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is open source and packages are available for download at http://wiki.basho.com/Riak.html. Riak EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.basho.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Riak at Shareaholic

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.

Tom