December 11, 2009
Just out: Basho’s first podcast discussing Riak. Justin Sheehy and Tony Falco revisit the definition of scalability Justin first discussed at NoSQL East 2009, discuss EC2, Riak, and Riak’s map/reduce and soon-to-be-released distributed search and indexing. As a special bonus, at 3:24 in the podcast, listen for the sound of Kevin Smith’s SMS accepting the job at Basho. The mic did not pick up Justin’s grimace. Of course, he didn’t miss a beat. “I just did, Bob….”
November 18, 2009
Justin spends a little time discussing Riak and then quickly moves on to a discussion of first principles.
Justin’s presentation stands on its own but it is worth pointing out: terms like “scalable” and “distributed” and “fault tolerant” are not marketing terms. Applied rigorously, the principles underlying them (a hat tip to folks like Brewer, Lewin/Leighton/Karger et. al.) lead to game-changing software.
Building truly decentralized systems requires discipline. Shortcuts for premature optimization ultimately lead to a dead end.
October 29, 2009
NoSQL East 2009 kicked of last night at Tap, a great venue in midtown Atlanta. We met some of the organizers — Chris Williams and Brad Anderson — who in addition to trying to stoke some controversy and seed some passion, seemed eager to show us all the delights Atlanta has to offer — all honorable goals for a host. We visited with people from Rackspace, a developer from DC who flew himself down on his own dime to see what NoSQL was about, the CEO of Neo. Everyone seemed to agree: there is a ton of opportunity for alt db’s and the world is changing away from monolithic, one-size-tries-but-fails-to-fit-all databases to situationally driven use cases. We’ll see if the fellowship continues when the beer stops flowing but I suspect the market will have much more of a say: with all these choices, the developers are the ones who are empowered.
Justin Sheehy, our CTO, will be speaking soon. Today should give us lots to report.