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2013 Basho Resources

December 26, 2013

This year, we added a wide variety of resources to help you better understand Riak and Riak CS for different use cases. These resources include whitepapers, webinars and videos, sample apps, and outside articles and reports. Here’s a look at some of what was added in 2013.

Whitepapers

With multiple releases over the past year, all of the primary product whitepapers have been updated. Check out new versions of:

Relational to Riak
Multi-Datacenter Replication in Riak
Riak CS Technical Overview

We also added a number of vertical-specific whitepapers to help companies in various industries better evaluate Riak and Riak CS.

Riak for Gaming
Riak for Mobile
Riak for Retail
Riak for Advertising

Intro to Riak Webinar

In addition to hosting multiple introduction webinars throughout the year, we also created a standalone “Intro to Riak” webinar that can be watched and shared easily. To watch this webinar, simply fill out the webinar request form.

Sample Applications

To showcase the power of indexing in Riak, we created a Zombie Sample App that’s run on Riak. This app has one million “Zombielepsy” victims loaded into Riak and lets the user locate them using zip code as the index value. It supports both Term-Based Inverted Indexes and Secondary Indexes. In addition to better understanding indexing in Riak, users can:

  • Create a Zombie Sighting Report System so the concentration of live zombies in an area can quickly be determined based on the count and last report date.
  • Add a crowd-sourced Inanimate Zombie Reporting System so that members of the non-zombie population can report inanimate zombies.
  • Add a correlation feature, utilizing Graph CRDTs, so we can find our way back to Patient Zero.

More details about this app can be found here.

Articles and Reports

Outside of what has been created by Basho, we think that outside sources can also be a valuable tool when evaluating Riak or Riak CS. Our updated News Page helps to showcase much of this, but we thought we’d call out a few helpful articles from the past year.

Information Week – “Big Data Reshapes Weather Channel Predictions
IDC – “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2013 Vendor Assessment
The Register – “What Do We Want? Strong Consistency! When Do We…Oh It’s In Riak v2
Programmable Web – “Seagate Releases Open Source API to Eliminate Data Storage Complexity
The Register – “Distributed Systems Boffins Flock to RICON West
Computer Weekly – “Computer Weekly European User Awards for Storage: Winners
Gartner – “IT Market Clock for Database Management Systems, 2013
Information Week – “Basho Embraces OpenStack with Riak Cloud Storage
Flyclops Blog – “Taking the Riak Plunge
Forrester Research – “To Get National Healthcare Right Requires Adaptive Intelligence
451 Research – “451 Research Survey Highlights Growing Adoption of NoSQL Databases
GigaOm – “Storage Player Basho Open Sources Riak CS

To learn more about how Riak and Riak CS can be used, check out the Resources Page or sign up for a Tech Talk.

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Resources for Retailers

June 13, 2013

Riak is a highly available, low-latency database for retailers that need to provide always-on eCommerce and mobile channel services. Riak offers a number of key technical benefits for retailers including a highly available experience for shoppers, the ability to scale to peak loads during major holidays with low operational costs, and global data locality for a low-latency experience for shoppers all over the world.

For retailers that want to learn about the advantages of Riak, we have put together some resources that showcase how other retailers are using Riak. Below are some of the highlights:

  • The “Retail on Riak” whitepaper looks at how Riak can be used for common retail needs, such as powering shopping carts and product catalogs.
  • Riak’s architecture has helped Best Buy build and operate its new platform, with Riak playing a key role. To learn more about why Riak was selected, check out this video from RICON 2012.
  • ideeli, a flash shopping site, uses Riak to provide a reliable and available persistent cache. More information can be found in their case study.
  • Copious is a social commerce marketplace that uses Riak to handle user authentication via Facebook or Twitter accounts. For more details on their polyglot data store, check out their case study and video from their Co-Founder.
  • Shopzilla has both a case study and video that highlights how they use Riak to power their keyword and scrapbook data services.
  • On our blog, you can find slides from the Retail on Riak webcast, the benefits Riak offers retailers, examples of Riak in production, and how to start building retail applications in Riak.

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.

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Resources for Advertisers

June 12, 2013

Riak can be the perfect solution for advertising platforms because its redundant, fault-tolerant design ensures that advertisers can serve their data reliably and quickly. Riak is also built for operational simplicity at scale, making it easy for advertisers to quickly grow to meet peak loads.

We have put together a number of resources for advertisers who are evaluating Riak. Below are some of the highlights:

  • The “Advertising on Riak” whitepaper provides an overview on how Riak can be used by advertising services and platforms.
  • OpenX, an ad platform that serves over four trillion ads each year, has a video about why they selected Riak and how they use it to store user and trafficking data.
  • Velti, a mobile marketing and advertising technology provider, uses Riak to provide high availability and scalability for their interactive subscriber service. Their case study goes into more detail about the process of moving to Riak.
  • The Basho Docs site discusses common ways to model advertising data within Riak’s key/value structure.
  • This blog post looks at some advantages and popular use cases of Riak in advertising.

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.

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Resources for Mobile

June 11, 2013

Mobile platforms and applications need to provide low-latency user experiences that can scale quickly and support highly concurrent user access. That is why so many mobile applications have selected Riak to handle their data.

To see if Riak is a fit for your mobile use case, we have put together a number of resources that showcase how mobile companies are using Riak to solve a variety of challenges. Below are some highlights:

  • The “Mobile on Riak” whitepaper provides a technical introduction of Riak, specifically for mobile needs.
  • Voxer has both a case study and a video that look at how they use Riak to support their massive, sudden growth.
  • Bump, one of the most popular mobile apps, has a case study that looks at why they chose Riak to store their user data, and a video that goes into more details about their data model.
  • Comcast uses Riak as the primary datastore for their “Highly-Available Object Storage System,” which is used by their mobile applications and websites. More details can be found in their case study and from their talk at RICON 2012.
  • OmniTI uses Riak to power the mobile rewards provider, Viggle.
  • On our blog, there are posts on the advantages of Riak for mobile and how to build mobile applications with Riak.

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.

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Resources for Gaming Platforms and Applications

June 6, 2013

For gaming platforms and applications, Riak can be the ideal data solution. Its scalability allows for rapid growth of player data, the low-latency design allows for a fast and reliable experience for players all over the world, and its flexible data model means there are no restrictions on content type and no need to change the underlying schema.

To see if Riak is a fit for your gaming use case, we have put together a number of resources that showcase how Riak is solving gaming data challenges across multiple companies. Below are some highlights:

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.

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Check Out the New Resources Page

May 29, 2013

On our site, you may have noticed a new addition, the Resources Page. On this page, you can download or watch the latest content related to Riak, Riak CS, partnerships, key users, and the most popular verticals (such as Gaming, Retail, Advertising, and Mobile).

If you’re looking for whitepapers, case studies, videos, docs, slides, or webcasts, this is the place to find them. It will be continuously updated with up-to-date resources about Basho. Below is a glimpse at what you can find on the Resources Page.

  • Sign up for our upcoming webcast on May 31st
  • Get Riak CS up and running quickly by following our Fast Track documentation
  • Learn how to launch Riak quickly via our hosting partners: AWS, Azure, Engine Yard, SoftLayer, and Joyent
  • Watch Angry Birds developer, Rovio, speak on how they use Riak
  • Read about how Copious uses Riak for their eCommerce marketplace
  • Learn how to model advertising data using a key/value structure
  • Download the technical introduction to Riak specifically for mobile applications and platforms

We hope you enjoy exploring our new Resources Page! As you’re evaluating Riak as your database solution, remember to contact us with any questions.

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