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Coast to Coast Distributed Systems Meetups

March 24, 2014

When selecting a NoSQL solution, there are many options to choose from, each different and with their own benefits depending on your use case. To help you decide what the right choice for your needs may be, there are two amazing events this week where many NoSQL providers (including Basho) will be speaking.

The first is in conjunction with Ad:Tech in San Francisco. For advertisers to stay competitive in the modern landscape, the need to crunch massive amounts of consumer profile data and enable real-time bidding has made NoSQL the gold standard in database technology. That’s why Basho partner, GoGrid, will be hosting the panel, “NoSQL: Digital Advertising’s ‘Bad Boy’ Database Comes of Age” at 111 Minna Gallery. Speakers from Basho, Couchbase, DataStax, and MongoDB will be there to discuss how NoSQL is helping advertisers push the envelope now, and what is to come in 2014. This panel will take place on Wednesday, March 26th at 5:30pm. Registration is free and tickets are still available.

The other is hosted by the New York Software Engineers. This meetup, “The Battle of Distributed Databases – Data Modeling in the Enterprise Ecosystem,” will address some of the challenges the NoSQL community faces in enterprise adoption. Casey Rosenthal, Director of Professional Services at Basho, will be speaking about Riak and its adoption with 30% of the Fortune 50. This meetup will take place on Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm at Foursquare’s office. Be sure and register for this free event.

To see how enterprises are using Riak, check out the Users Page.

In addition to these meetups, Basho will be at multiple other events and conferences. A complete list can be found on our Events Page.

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Conversations with Puppet Labs Podcast

January 9, 2014

Puppet Labs hosts regular podcasts that feature the leaders in automation, operations, and technology. Last week, they invited Basho engineer, Eric Redmond, to speak about design patterns for distributed systems.

Eric’s talk aims to show that an average programmer can create a highly available system in any language. He also discusses many of the tradeoffs involved in implementing some of these different distributed design patterns, including speed, capacity, uptime and data integrity. Finally, he wraps up by talking about Riak as a distributed system that persists data rather than a database that has been given distributed functionality and looks at some of the upcoming features being added with Riak 2.0.

You can listen to Eric’s full podcast here.

For more information on design patterns for distributed systems, you can check out slides from his full presentation at OSCON 2013.

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Infographic: Down With Downtime

December 18, 2013

Downtime, planned or unplanned, is no longer an option. It can have a dramatic impact on revenue and lead to negative customer experiences and attrition. Luckily, distributed NoSQL databases (such as Basho Riak) are designed to provide high availability, even during network partition or server failure. This means there will never be an excuse for downtime again.

To help demonstrate the cost of downtime and how Riak can help, we have put together an infographic, “Down With Downtime.” Zoom in by clicking the image below.

If you are interested in getting started with Riak, you can download the latest version here. We also offer Tech Talks to help you and your team evaluate Riak.

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Basho/451 Research Webinar “Beyond NoSQL – Distributed Databases in Production”

November 27, 2013

Join Basho and 451 Research on Tuesday, December 10th at 10am PT for a live webinar, “Beyond NoSQL – Distributed Databases in Production.”

This webinar will feature Matt Aslett, Research Director at 451 Research, and Bobby Patrick, EVP and CMO at Basho Technologies. This webinar will set the stage with NoSQL trends and adoption across various industries. It will then discuss some of the key benefits of distributed NoSQL systems and explore how systems like Riak are evolving.

Wes Jossey, Systems Engineer at Tapjoy, will also be joining the webinar to discuss how Tapjoy uses distributed databases to provide reliable data locality to their customers through multi-datacenter replication.

Register here for the free “Beyond NoSQL – Distributed Databases in Production” webinar.

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Basho Presenting at The Monktoberfest

Portland, ME – October 3, 2013 – Basho is sponsoring The Monktoberfest, a developers conference about how social trends can change the way we build and use technology and how technology in turn can change the way we socialize.

In addition to sponsoring, Basho’s Director of Marketing, Tyler Hannan, will be presenting on “Medieval Art, Collective Intelligence, and Language Abuse – The Ethos of Distributed Systems.” His talk will discuss how the distributed systems movement – and open source technology more broadly – are fueled by a series of social tools. He will go into how IRC, internal chat tools, GH issues have become de rigueur communication vehicles and how this collaboration has resulted in a new language. Tyler will also examine what can be learned from the story of Brunelleschi and his approach to drawing in perspective, the notion of collective intelligence, and Melville Dewey when considered in light of a modern era of distributed systems and computing.

This is the third annual The Monktoberfest and takes place October 3-4th in Portland, Maine.

Basho at Strange Loop

September 19, 2013

Strange Loop 2013 is currently taking over St. Louis, MO through September 20th. Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together developers and thinkers to discuss technologies around emerging languages, concurrent and distributed systems, mobile development, and the web. Basho is a proud sponsor and many members of our team will be there to discuss Riak CS, our open source cloud storage software.

Garrett Eardley, Software Engineer at Riot Games, will also be presenting on how Riot Games is leveraging Riak for their next generation stats system. His talk, “Tracking Millions of Ganks in Near Real Time,” will discuss why they chose to use Riak (and move from their existing MySQL architecture), how they structure their data model and indexes, and their strategies for working with eventually consistent data. His talk will take place today, September 19th, at 9:50am.

Stop by the Basho table to grab some swag and to learn more about distributed systems.

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NoSQL Is A Bad Name – But We Will Still Be At NoSQL Now!

August 20, 2013

NoSQL is a misleading name. SQL was never the problem. However, this poorly named industry term does represent a response to changing business priorities and new challenges that require different kinds of database architectures.

Traditional database architectures were first developed in the late 60s and early 70s. They were the default option for many pre-Internet use cases and remain useful today for certain use cases requiring a relational data model. However, their limits are painfully apparent to many companies. Despite what traditional database vendors might have us believe, very little data generated today actually requires a SQL architecture. Businesses face many new challenges today that traditional databases simply are not designed to handle reliably or efficiently. These include:

  • Global Users. It is no longer enough to provide a fast experience in one country. Users from all over the globe expect a low-latency experience, making geo-data locality more important than ever.
  • Zero Downtime. Planned and unplanned. Both are bad for business. There is now an expectation for always-on availability. Operations teams emphasize must resiliency over recovery.
  • Scale Matters. Businesses need to scale up quickly to meet peak loads during the holidays or product launches, and then they need to scale back down. They need an architecture that makes scaling the least of their worries.
  • Flexible Data. From user generated data to machine-to-machine (M2M) activity, unstructured data is now commonplace. Businesses need flexibility to handle all the data generated and flowing.
  • Omnichannel. Whether users are on a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, they require a device agnostic experience and low-latency.
  • Amazon Economics. Every business wants Amazon Economics. With the nature of data growth today, businesses can’t afford expensive machines at every juncture. They need commodity machines to scale horizontally, not vertically.

Attempts to address these challenges with traditional databases result in an inflexible architecture with super high costs. “NoSQL” databases represent a fresh approach towards building flexible, resilient architectures. “NoSQL” goes where no database has ever gone before — into the wild space of the Internet and the massive scale requirements it represents.

Which brings us to NoSQL Now! Basho is sponsoring because the movement is more important than any single industry term. Andy Gross will also be on-hand to further discuss the larger trend of distributed systems:

Dealing with Systems in a New Distributed World
Andy Gross
Chief Architect and Co-creator of Riak
Thursday, August 22, 2013
3:00PM

Please join us in San Jose for a look at the future of database technology.

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Basho Chief Architect Speaking at NoSQL Now! Conference

San Jose, CA – August 20, 2013Basho is a proud sponsor and exhibitor of NoSQL NOW! 2013 Conference, a conference for NoSQL technologies that takes place August 20-22 in San Jose, CA.

At NoSQL NOW!, industry leaders and developers come together to share ideas at the largest vendor agnostic event of disruptive NoSQL technologies for infrastructure architecture.

Basho has a strong and salient presence at this conference. Both their open source distributed database, Riak, and cloud storage software, Riak CS, are NoSQL technologies that offer high availability, fault-tolerance, and operational ease-of-use. Unlike traditional databases, Riak automatically distributes data in the cluster, eliminating the need for manual sharding, and its masterless design means that nodes can fail without bringing down the entire system. Due to this architecture, Riak has become foundational to many of the world’s fastest-growing Web-based, mobile and social applications like Comcast, Voxer, and Best Buy. The Basho team will be available at the conference to answer questions about Riak and how to move from a relational system to a distributed one.

In addition to exhibiting, Basho Chief Architect and Co-Creator, Andy Gross, will be speaking on August 22 at 3:00pm. His talk, “Dealing with Systems in a New Distributed World” will discuss the resurgence in interest of both theoretical and applied distributed systems and its consequences for software developers. He will explore new areas of promising research, and provide practical advice for dealing with systems in our new distributed world. Finally, he will discuss how technologies are shifting to meet emerging business requirements, while simultaneously minimizing immediate operational burdens and enabling ease of scale.

Andy is a distributed systems nerd, co-creator of Riak and Webmachine, and Chief Architect at Basho Technologies. Before Basho, Andy hacked on various distributed systems at Apple, Akamai, and Mochi Media.

For more information about Riak, common use cases, and an in-depth analysis of the benefits of migrating to a distributed NoSQL database, download “From Relational to Riak.”

Joins Us At NoSQL Now!

August 7, 2013

NoSQL Now! is taking place in a couple weeks in San Jose. This conference is the largest vendor-neutral forum focused on NoSQL technologies. Basho will be exhibiting this year and our Chief Architect and Co-Creator, Andy Gross, will also be speaking.

In his talk, Andy will discuss the resurgence in interest in both theoretical and applied distributed systems and its consequences for software developers. He will explore new areas of promising research, and provide practical advice for dealing with systems in our new distributed world.

This is the third annual NoSQL Now! conference and will happen from August 20-22nd. They focus on providing an educational agenda designed to help you create high-performance systems and evaluate various NoSQL database architectures. If you’re interested in attending or exhibiting, we have some discounts available.

Be sure to stop by our booth to chat about Riak and get some swag!

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Think Distributed Podcast

July 18, 2013

If you’re interested in learning more about distributed systems, check out Think Distributed, a new podcast by Basho Software Engineer, Chris Meiklejohn. This podcast aims to deal with all aspects of distributed systems and will bring in panelists from many different areas.

The first episode is now available and discusses the problem of consensus in distributed computing – with a focus on the Raft algorithm developed by Diego Ongaro and John Ousterhout at Stanford University.

This episode’s panelists are:

If you’re interested in hearing more on consensus and the Raft algorithm, Diego Ongaro will also be speaking at RICON West, Basho’s distributed systems conference.

Check out the full episode and sign up on the site to be notified of new episodes.

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