August 19, 2013
The OpenStack Summit takes place in Hong Kong from November 5-8th. It is a conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software. Basho is a big supporter of the open source community and, with the added OpenStack integration available with Riak CS 1.4, we aim to make our open source cloud storage software as accessible as possible.
This OpenStack integration adds a lot of exciting possibilities to Riak CS. A few Basho engineers have submitted speaking proposals to OpenStack Summit about how the two technologies can work together.
We need your help though! Part of the presentation selection process involves community voting. You can vote for your favorites now through August 25th.
Here’s a look at our submissions. Please vote for any or all of them.
“Riak CS: Coexisting with Swift” – Casey Rosenthal
Vote Here: www.openstack.org/rate/Presentation/riakcs-coexisting-with-swift
Riak CS is an open source, fault-tolerant, large object storage platform. With Keystone integration and Swift-API compatibility made available in version 1.4, Riak CS can now serve as a drop-in replacement to Swift in many deployments. When would you want to choose one versus the other?
Explore the architecture underlying Riak CS, the problems that Riak CS is trying to solve, and how these goals contrast with the architecture of Swift. OpenStack integration is a key driver for Riak CS adoption and is now part of the core commitment of the Riak CS team to open source and enterprise users alike. Learn how Riak CS is coexisting with Swift in the OpenStack ecosystem to solve large object storage and scaling problems.
“Highly Scalable Global Keystone Token Storage using Riak” – Dean Proctor
Vote Here: www.openstack.org/rate/Presentation/highly-scalable-global-keystone-token-storage-using-riak
Concurrent requests to Keystone scale with your OpenStack deployment; however, simple methods for linearly scaling Keystone request capacity do not currently exist. This issue is compounded when you attempt to unify authentication across multi-datacenter installations.
Learn how the Riak key value store can be used to provide an operationally simple, linearly scalable Keystone service with the ability to sync globally in real time.
“Using Riak CS as a Backend for Glance” – James Martin
Vote Here: www.openstack.org/rate/Presentation/using-riakcs-as-a-backend-for-glance
Glance can use a number of different methods to store VM images and snapshots, including object-stores. The image object store’s availability is critical to the functionality of OpenStack’s Nova service, and as time goes by it’s going to grow massively in scale; let’s not forget to mention how complex it can be to manage such as system. And for those interested in consistency across their OpenStack deployments, maintaining and replicating images can be a painful process. Learn how to use Riak CS as the storage backend for Glance and gain all the benefits of Riak – horizontal scalability, ease of administration, and dead-simple multi-datacenter replication.
New Release Adds OpenStack Integration, Simplifies Management, and Boosts Multi-Datacenter Replication Speed
August 13, 2013 – CAMBRIDGE, MA – Basho Technologies, the leader in distributed systems software, announced today the availability of Riak CS 1.4 and Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise. Riak CS 1.4 continues Basho’s commitment to provide cloud storage software that is simple to operate, highly available by design, and compatible with industry cloud standards. Riak CS is used by organizations worldwide to power their public and private clouds.
Riak CS 1.4 introduces formal integration with OpenStack, provides enhanced performance and manageability, includes community requests, and improves performance at scale. Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise significantly boosts the performance of multi-data center replication by allowing for concurrent channels, so the full capacity of the network and cluster size can scale the performance to available resources.
“Riak CS is seeing impressive market adoption, especially from service providers looking to increase their portfolio offering with large object storage,” said Greg Collins, president and CEO of Basho Technologies. “This release continues our commitment of providing simple and accessible cloud storage for a broad range of cloud computing platforms and use cases. With the addition of OpenStack integration and significant performance improvements, Riak CS 1.4 also appeals strongly to enterprises building their own object storage or adopting a hybrid-cloud deployment methodology.”
“Object storage is quickly becoming a foundational platform capability for cloud providers and large enterprises to meet the rapidly growing surge in demand to store more data,” said Simon Robinson, vice president of storage research at 451 Research. “Riak CS continues to see greater adoption in public and private clouds. Riak CS’s tighter integration with OpenStack is certain to be another catalyst for Basho. OpenStack users gain a very capable storage alternative to Swift, OpenStack’s object storage platform.”
“Yahoo! JAPAN has been using Riak CS for over a year to power our public cloud storage platform” said Shingo Saito, cloud product manager at Yahoo! JAPAN. “Riak CS is also used by LOHACO, for its on-line shopping platform, operated by ASKUL Corporation, Yahoo! JAPAN partner, and by some of the largest companies in Japan. We are excited to continue to partner with Basho and look forward to deploying Riak CS 1.4.”
“Redapt is excited to work with Basho to help customers address distributed object storage needs within OpenStack environments,” said David Cantu, co-founder and COO at Redapt. “Redapt’s mission is to enable leading service providers, enterprises, and web centric companies with the ability to achieve the numerous economic and operational benefits of private cloud computing. With the Riak 1.4 announcement, Basho is helping us deliver on that commitment for our customers with proven distributed cloud storage software that is now more finely tuned for integration with OpenStack.”
“Businesses have a range of object storage needs and our partnership with Basho helps us easily address even the most complex scenarios in our public cloud,” said Jared Wray, CTO of Tier 3. “Our global data center footprint enables businesses of all sizes to adopt object storage for a variety of use cases including: cloud-native and cross-device apps, backups and archives, and secure file transfer. The improved performance and simplified operations available with Riak CS 1.4 continue to help our customers simply scale to meet operational demand.”
Major Feature Additions of Riak CS 1.4 include:
- Built-in integration with OpenStack. Riak CS 1.4 introduces support for OpenStack’s Keystone authentication service and introduces compatibility with OpenStack Object Storage API.
- Improved performance of large bucket query operations. Secondary indexing pagination, introduced with Riak 1.4, allows for significant performance improvements of large bucket query requests.
- Simplified operational management. Improvements to the User API allow operators greater flexibility in managing Riak CS user information, while also improving the agility and responsiveness of Riak CS.
- Decreased bandwidth for object block retrieval. Changes to how Riak CS handles object block retrieval will decrease intracluster bandwidth by 67% and improve download performance.
Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise adds the following:
- Enhanced multi-site replication performance. Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise allows for concurrent channels of communication between clusters, which greatly enhances the capability for replication by taking advantage of all the network’s available resources.
Riak CS 1.4 is available for Debian, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Mac, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, SmartOS, and Solaris.
To view the latest technical documentation or to download Riak CS, visit docs.basho.com/riakcs/latest/.
To view a feature comparison with OpenStack Swift, visit docs.basho.com/riakcs/latest/references/appendices/comparisons/Riak-Compared-to-Swift/.
To view a feature comparison with EMC Atmos, visit docs.basho.com/riakcs/latest/references/appendices/comparisons/Riak-Compared-to-Atmos/.
To request a trial license of Riak CS Enterprise, prospective inquiries can request a Riak CS Tech Talk at http://info.basho.com/SignUpRiakTechTalk.html.
Basho is a distributed systems company dedicated to making software that is highly available, fault-tolerant and easy-to-operate at scale. Basho’s distributed database, Riak and Basho’s cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by fast growing Web businesses and by over 25 percent of the Fortune 50 to power their critical Web, mobile and social applications and their public and private cloud platforms.
Riak and Riak CS are available open source. Riak Enterprise and Riak CS Enterprise offer enhanced multi-datacenter replication and 24×7 Basho support. For more information, visit basho.com. Basho is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has offices in London, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington DC.
August 13, 2013
The release of Riak CS 1.4, Basho’s open source cloud storage software, adds a number of performance improvements as well as OpenStack integration and simpler user management. Riak CS is being used by companies all over the world to build public and private clouds, and as reliable storage to power various applications.
One of the biggest additions with Riak CS 1.4 is the integration with OpenStack, broadening our relationship with the open source community. This integration supports OpenStack’s Keystone authentication service and the OpenStack Object Storage API, which allows OpenStack users the means to integrate Riak CS for object storage in an OpenStack deployment.
The Riak CS Users API provides an interface for user creation and management. This release also improves this API to give operators greater flexibility in managing user information. Additionally, this release benefits from ongoing refactoring and reorganization efforts aimed at improving the agility and responsiveness of Riak CS.
Riak CS 1.4 takes advantage of some changes made in Riak 1.4 to provide performance improvements to Riak CS users. First, Riak CS 1.4 features improved performance of listing the contents of large buckets by taking advantage of secondary index pagination in Riak. Riak CS 1.4 also leverages a new option for object block retrieval, which decreases intracluster bandwidth by 67%. This improves the download performance when handling many concurrent requests. These features can be independently enabled, but are disabled by default to accommodate users not using Riak 1.4 with Riak CS. See the documentation for more details.
Riak CS Enterprise is the commercial extension of Riak CS, which adds multi-datacenter replication and 24/7 support. The 1.4 release improves replication performance by increasing storage efficiencies and adding multiple TCP connections between clusters.
In addition to the features and upgrades listed above, many bugs were harmed in the making of this release. For a full list of what is included in Riak CS 1.4, check out our code at Github.com/basho or review the release notes. To learn even more, join our live webcast, “What’s New in Riak CS 1.4” on August 23rd.