November 30, 2012
In September, we announced a partnership with Citrix CloudPlatform to provide integrated storage and compute capabilities. Basho and Citrix are working together on a combined platform that provides highly available cloud storage with multi-data center capabilities as part of the CloudPlatform solution for private, hybrid and public clouds.
With this month’s release of multi-datacenter features in Riak CS, we’re able to provide CloudPlatform users with highly available, multi-site cloud storage. We’re also working on authentication support for Citrix CloudPlatform in Riak CS for even more seamless integration.
“The developers of Riak have done a great job helping to extend Apache CloudStack, enabling users to use an S3-compatible object store for secondary storage,” said Citrix VP of Product Development and Apache CloudStack committer, Kevin Kluge. “We are also looking forward to having the option to use storage replication across zones as part of their Citrix CloudPlatform compatible Riak CS product.”
This weekend we’re at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference to talk to users about Riak CS and CloudStack, and we’ve got tons of free trials for Riak CS to pass out. If you’re at the Collaboration Conference, be sure to attend the technical overview presented by Basho Chief Architect Andy Gross, taking place at 10:45 AM PT in RM607. And make sure to track us down on Twitter if you’d like to talk more.
November 30, 2012
Riak Cloud Storage is an S3-compatible, multi-tenant storage platform built on Riak. It combines the availability and fault tolerance of Riak with the ability to store large objects, an S3-compatible API, user administration and usage reporting. It can be used for public and private clouds or as reliable storage for applications. Today we’re announcing multi-datacenter replication support in Riak CS. Increasingly, global enterprises and apps require multi-site storage replication to achieve data locality, availability in disaster scenarios, or maintain active backups, so we’re very excited to provide these features in the latest release of Riak CS.
You can read more about multi-datacenter replication for Riak CS in the public docs, or sign up for an upcoming webcast on Thursday, December 6, which gives a technical overview of Riak CS and discussion of new features. If you want something more hands on, get a developer trial of Riak CS to take it for a test drive.
Multi-datacenter replication in Riak CS provides two modes of object replication: full sync and real-time sync. Data is streamed over a TCP connection, and multi-datacenter replication in Riak CS has support for SSL so data can be securely replicated between sites.
In Riak CS, large objects are broken into blocks and streamed to the underlying Riak cluster on write, where they are replicated for high availability (3 replicas by default). A manifest for each object is maintained so that blocks can be retrieved from the cluster and the full object presented to clients. For multi-site replication in Riak CS, global information for users, bucket information and manifests are streamed in real-time from a primary implementation to a secondary site so global state is maintained across locations. Objects can then be replicated in either full sync or real-time sync mode.
In full sync, objects are replicated from a primary Riak CS implementation to a secondary site on a configurable interval – the default is 6 hours. In full-sync replication, each cluster computes a hash for each key’s block value. Key/block pairs are compared, and the primary site streams any missing blocks or updates needed to the secondary site.
Real-time sync is triggered when an update is sent from a client to a primary Riak CS implementation. Once replicated in the first location, the updates are streamed in real-time to the secondary site. But what happens if a client requests an object from the secondary cluster and not all of its blocks have been replicated to that cluster? With Riak multi-site replication, the secondary cluster will request any missing blocks from the primary cluster so that the client can be served.
Try It Out
We’ve got two ways for you to try out Riak CS software. First, we can give you access to a hosted version where you can upload files, test out the API, and try s3cmd or other clients against it. If you want to try Riak CS on your own hardware, we also have a developer trial that gives you access to the Riak CS code and a little bit of our help to get you up and running. So check out the docs and then sign up to start.