Collecta Collaborates with Basho to develop Basho’s Riak Search Product
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Dec. 15 – Basho Technologies, Inc., a provider of commercial and open source distributed, highly scalable data store software and analytics tools, today announced Collecta has selected Basho’s Riak Search as it continues to build its real-time search engine for the entire Web, not just social media.
Collecta, which already uses Webmachine, Basho’s open-source RESTful application server, provided the initial requirements and critical input into the design and validation of Riak’s new search and indexing features. Currently in testing with Collecta, as well as a handful of other clients, Basho will make Riak Search widely available January 15th.
“Collecta really provided the spark of motivation for us. Once they determined Riak EnterpriseDS met their stability and performance needs for document storage and retrieval, we collaborated with them to implement a search and indexing system for Riak,” said Earl Galleher, Chairman and CEO of Basho Technologies, Inc.
“Traditional indexing systems are not designed for the needs of real-time search. Using Riak, we will get much better performance and save money on infrastructure.” said Jack Moffitt, Collecta’s CTO. “We already knew Basho made great software because we used and trusted Webmachine, but Riak Search takes it to the next level.”
In reference to the Search features Mr. Moffitt said, “After an initial exchange of ideas about how to build a better indexing system on distributed databases like Riak, the Basho team went off and built a prototype. The results were so promising that we knew the combination of Collecta’s domain expertise and Basho’s data engine expertise will make for a perfect relationship.”
“Collecta immediately grasped how an indexing solution on a truly distributed, scalable data store would change the game for search,” said Justin Sheehy, Basho’s CTO. “Riak allows users to add and remove capacity as traffic spikes and ebbs or data sets grow. With no special master nodes, distributed MapReduce, and other Riak technologies, Collecta can double their analytical power and storage by doubling the number of low-cost nodes in a cluster.”
About Basho Technologies
Basho Technologies, Inc., founded in January 2008 by a core group of software architects, engineers and executive leadership from Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Basho produces Riak, a distributed data store that combines high availability, easily-scalable capacity and throughput, and ease of use. Riak’s high availability data store means that applications built using Riak remain both read and write available under almost any operational conditions and without requiring intervention. Available in both an open source and a paid commercial version, Riak provides unprecedented performance and availability to web, mobile, and enterprise applications.
Collecta represents a new way to experience search, in real time. Collecta is the Web’s most powerful streaming real-time search engine, posting matching stories, blogs, photos, and comments as they happen. By aggregating content in real time, Collecta offers a new and more comprehensive view of what’s going on in the world right now. For more information, visit http://Collecta.com.
CEO, Basho Technologies, Inc.
December 15, 2009
At Basho, we’re a very lucky bunch of people.
The first paying customer for the Enterprise edition of Riak was Mochi Media. They first rolled it out on a low-profile system. I won’t lie to you by saying that everything was perfect; any interesting piece of software will show its warts the first time it is placed into an unforeseen environment. The people at Mochi were open, communicative, and interested in learning more about how Riak worked. As they became comfortable with its behavior operationally and under load, they put it into bigger and more business-critical applications. Those first experiences with Mochi helped us to reprioritize our early to-do list to best serve others like them, and we also gained a valuable advisor.
We’ve signed a few great customers since then, and the latest such is Collecta. Long before they started using our product inside their search service we were having great conversations with them about their use of Webmachine and other topics. Jack already told the story about the genesis of Riak Search better than I can, so you should read his account of it. Both the ideas and the very concrete problem set posed by Collecta gave John exactly what was needed to focus the project and deliver something really cool.
An important part of building a business around open source software is that it isn’t just customers that care about the quality of your work. In addition to the valuable experiences we have had with customers, direct open source contributions have made a big difference as well. Since shortly after we first released Riak under the Apache 2 license, we have received valuable improvements in code, documentation, and ideas from people around the world. A few of those have become customers since then, but we are also deeply grateful to all of the others. We hope for Riak to thrive in various open source contexts, and it is because of those people that we are hopeful.
We’re working this week with a potential new customer that wants to store and process terabytes of data in a single Riak cluster, and in a very visible public-facing system. Just like with Mochi and Collecta, the fact that we are talking to some very smart, capable people makes our job a pleasure even in the face of interesting new challenges — perhaps especially then.
We really are lucky to work with such excellent people.
Thank you to the customers of Basho and everyone else who has helped us so far on the road of continuous improvement.
December 15, 2009
Another big announcement for the team here at Basho: Collecta, which makes a truly cool real-time streaming search engine, has chosen to use Riak Search. They are longtime Webmachine users and when they learned about Riak, they partnered with us to define Riak Search and validate the prototype.
Look for a blog post later in the day from Justin Sheehy on what it was like to work with Collecta. (Hint: it was awesome!)