December 3, 2013
The videos from RICON West 2013 are now available. RICON West brought together hundreds of developers to discuss distributed systems. It also featured 26 speakers over two days who spoke about new features in Riak, Riak in production, distributed systems in production, and research related to distributed systems.
In particular, there were some interesting talks related to how major companies are using Riak. James Hughes, Principal Technologist at Seagate Technology spoke on “The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform: Innovation to Enable Scale Out Storage.” The week prior to RICON West, Seagate announced their Kinetic Open Storage Platform that utilized Riak as the backend. On Day One of RICON West, James Hughes did the first public demo of this platform during his session. The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems, integrating an open source API and Ethernet connectivity with Seagate hard drive technology. Check out his full talk below for more information on the Kinetic Open Storage Platform, how it utilizes Riak, and the live demo.
RICON West also featured two speakers from The Weather Company, Raja Selvaraj (Manager of Data Systems Engineering) and Arvinda Gillella (SUN Architect). Their talk, “Building Next Generation Weather Data Distribution and On-demand Forecast Systems Using Riak,” describes The Weather Company’s need to effectively store and distributed terabytes of data, while still maintaining manageability, scalability and usability. Their talk focuses on the challenges they face trying to solve this problem and why they ultimately chose Riak as its solution. It also discusses their new IT platform, which uses Riak to build the next generation on-demand forecasting system. The full talk is available below:
To watch all of the sessions from RICON West 2013, visit the Basho Technologies Youtube Channel.
October 22, 2013
Today, Seagate has announced the availability of their Kinetic Open Storage platform, which simplifies data management, improves performance and scalability, all while lowering expenses. This fundamentally new architecture reduces costs by allowing applications to communicate directly with the storage system, eliminating the acquisition, deployment, and support costs of hyperscale storage infrastructures.
Basho has partnered with Seagate to help them develop this platform to provide interoperability and testing with Riak. Now, with the release of this platform, we want to make it easier for developers to test the Kinetic Open Storage platform with Riak. We have just released an alpha version of our eKinetic driver, which enables an Erlang-based high-performance socket connection to the drive. We have also released software to improve Riak backend compatibility by mapping a Riak backend to the drive library. Both are available for download https://github.com/basho-labs/riak_kinetic.
Not only does deploying Riak on this platform drastically simplify the management of data through a straightforward socket-based network interface, this simplification also increases I/O efficiency by removing bottlenecks and optimizing cluster management, data replication, migration, and active multi-datacenter performance. Additionally, it is expected that users will realize up to a 50% decrease in the Total Cost of Operations through simplified operations alone. Users can also maximize storage density through reduced power and cooling costs and build out cloud datacenters for even more savings.
Seagate Principal Technologist, James Hughes, will be speaking about the Kinetic Open Storage platform and Riak at RICON, Basho’s distributed systems conference. His talk, “Device Based Innovation to Enable Scale-Out Storage” will take place on October 29th at 12pm in Track Two. Seagate is also a sponsor of RICON.
Basho makes available alpha eKinetic (Erlang) driver and an integrated backend for Riak
CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 22, 2013 – Basho, an expert in distributed systems and cloud storage software, announced today that it has partnered with Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) to help significantly advance the economics and performance potential of cloud architectures. For the past six months, Basho has worked with Seagate on its development of its Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, providing interoperability and testing with Riak, Basho’s distributed NoSQL database.
The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform eliminates the storage server tier of traditional data center architectures by enabling applications to speak directly to the storage system, thereby reducing expenses associated with the acquisition, deployment, and support of hyperscale storage infrastructures. The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems integrating an open source API and Ethernet connectivity with Seagate hard drive technology.
Basho developed Riak to offer businesses a highly-available, fault-tolerant, distributed database ensuring ultra-low-latency performance that is simple-to-operate – at any scale. Today, Riak is used by thousands of companies including over 30 percent of the Fortune 50. Basho’s partnership with Seagate aimed to continue to improve on these ambitions and customers deploying Riak on the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform will see the following benefits:
- An increase in I/O efficiency by removing bottlenecks and optimizing cluster management, data replication, migration, and active multi-data center performance
- An improvement in customer Total Cost of Operations (TCO) by up to 50 percent through simplified operations
- An additional cost savings by maximizing storage density through reduced power and cooling costs, and receiving potentially dramatic savings in cloud data center build outs
To assist with developers seeking to test the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, Basho is making available an eKinetic driver enabling an Erlang-based high-performance socket connection to the drive. Basho is also providing software that maps a Riak backend to the drive library. Both the eKinetic driver and Riak backend compatibility are available as alpha version software.
“Seagate is bringing device based innovation to the scale-out cloud market in a new and open way,” said Ali Fenn, Senior Director of Advanced Storage at Seagate Technology. “This is a fundamentally new architecture – integrating an open source key/ value API and Ethernet connectivity into devices – that represents a vital leap forward in decreasing cloud architecture TCO while improving performance. We are very excited to work with Basho, a leader in distributed object storage software, to bring complete solutions to customers.”
“Basho’s distributed database relies on key/value stores directly attached to servers,” commented Jon Meredith, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Basho. “Seagate’s kinetic drive simplifies the management of key/value store, filesystem, logical volume manager, RAID controllers and actual devices by replacing them with a simple socket-based network interface. Freeing drives from server chassis enables independent scaling of capacity and throughput of a cloud architecture. We look forward to continuing to work with Seagate to offer customers significant performance and cost benefits when combining Riak on kinetic drive technology.”
Seagate at RICON West
James Hughes, Principal Technologist from Seagate, will be speaking at Basho’s distributed systems conference RICON West held in San Francisco October 29-30. His session is entitled Device Based Innovation to Enable Scale Out Storage. Seagate is a sponsor of RICON.
About Basho Technologies
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 30 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.