April 18, 2013
Next Tuesday, April 23, we will be hosting a Riak CS Intro webcast. It will take place at 11am PT/ 2pm ET. You can sign up for it here.
This webcast will cover:
- A technical overview of Riak CS and its components
- Riak CS architecture, operations, and new features
- APIs and interfaces, as well as Riak CS Control
- What’s available with Riak CS Enterprise
- Use cases and user stories
We will also be available after the webcast to answer any questions that you might have. You can register for the Riak CS Intro webcast here.
April 17, 2013
Riak CS Control is a standalone user management interface for Riak CS, Basho’s cloud storage software. Riak CS Control provides a user interface for filtering, disabling, creating, and managing users.
To help get you started with Riak CS Control, we have put together a short video that walks you through the installation and configuration. It also goes over the basics of how to create and manage users.
April 9, 2013
Riak CS (Cloud Storage) is simple, open source storage software built on top of Riak. s3cmd is a command-line tool for uploading, retrieving, and managing data via an Amazon S3 compatible API.
In this short screencast, we cover the process of installing and configuring s3cmd on a Debian- or Ubuntu-based system. Once installed, we’ll use Amazon’s s3cmd tool to manage buckets and files in Riak CS. You can view the entire screencast below.
Due to the small type used in the screencast, we recommend viewing this video at a high resolution.
You can also learn more about Riak CS here.
April 3, 2013
As you might have heard, we recently open sourced Riak CS, cloud storage built on Riak. You can find all of the code on our GitHub account and download Riak CS here. To help you get started with Riak CS, here are some common use cases.
- Large Object Storage For Applications and Services: Riak CS is built for storing large objects of all types. It is content agnostic so you can store images, text, video, documents, database backups, software binaries, or other data types. Riak CS can store objects into the terabyte size range using the new multipart upload feature. When an object is uploaded, Riak CS breaks it into smaller blocks that are streamed, stored, replicated in the underlying Riak cluster.
- On-Demand Internal Storage Capacity: Riak CS provides highly available storage for internal business units. Built on Riak, Riak CS has a masterless, redundant design that ensures availability and fault-tolerance. Use cases might include document storage or backing for internal applications.
- Storage Layer for Public Clouds/Cloud Services: Riak CS’ flexibility and scalability provide the ideal foundation for building public clouds or cloud services. Capacity can be added by installing Riak CS on a new physical node and joining it with the cluster. Riak automatically redistributes data and ownership so all nodes have equal responsibility, which prevents storage hot spots and decreases the operational burden of adding new nodes. Additionally, Riak CS is multi-tenant, a requirement of most public cloud services today.
- Amazon S3 Compatibility: Riak CS is S3-compatible, making it easy for your developers to be productive quickly. Riak CS can be used with existing S3 clients and libraries. The HTTP REST API supports service, bucket, and object-level operations to easily store and retrieve data. Riak CS makes sense for companies that are trying to provide internal, S3-like services or using a hybrid approach with some public and some private cloud storage.
- Disaster Recovery and Active Backups: Riak CS Enterprise extends Riak CS with multi-datacenter replication. By replicating data across datacenters using either real-time or full-sync, you can maintain redundant storage in case of disaster scenarios. Multi-datacenter replication can also be used to maintain active backups or create availability zones.
April 2, 2013
Thank you to everyone who attended today’s webcast about Riak CS, our open source, cloud storage software built on top of Riak. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, we have posted the slides below. These slides go over Riak CS architecture, interfaces and operations, as well as how to get started and what’s available in Riak CS Enterprise.
Our next webcast will be Wednesday, April 10 and will provide an Introduction to Riak. You can sign up for it here.
March 28, 2013
In this video, Basho Chief Architect Andy Gross provides a technical overview of Riak CS, which we open sourced last week. This video was filmed at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference last November. It looks at Riak CS architecture, operations, interfaces and use cases, as well as our partnership with CloudStack. Slides and video are below, and make sure to check out new features we’ve added in the last release.
March 27, 2013
Basho is excited to share 451 Research’s report on Riak CS and last week’s code release to open source. In this report, analysts Simon Robinson and Matt Aslett state that they are “not surprised that Basho has opted to take this route for Riak CS, and the move should help grow its community – not to mention increase its funnel of prospects – at a critical time in the evolution of what remains a nascent market.”
You can download the complete 451 Research report here.
March 26, 2013
Basho is a proud sponsor of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), happening this week in San Francisco. GDC is the world’s largest and longest running game industry event.
On Wednesday, March 27 at 11:00am, Basho Chief Architect, Andy Gross, and Rovio Entertainment Product Manager, Timo Herttua, will be co-presenting in room 3022 of the West Hall. The talk will discuss how Rovio uses Riak, the data storage requirements for today’s high-scale and high-performance gaming platforms, and how to run distributed systems in production.
Angry Birds developer Rovio is using Riak as the database supporting its new mobile gaming platform, including features such as payments, game state storage, and push notifications. The Croods game, launched last week, was the first to use this new platform. The Croods game is now available on Android and iOS.
If you’re at GDC this week, make sure to stop by our booth (#202), get a t-shirt, and learn how top gaming companies are using Riak.
March 26, 2013
Last week, we announced that Riak CS is now open source. To complement this announcement, here’s a 15-minute overview of Riak CS and how it can be used.
Below is a video that goes over the basics of Riak CS, taken from the Citrix CloudPlatform partner program. You will learn the key building blocks of cloud services platforms and the enterprise requirements for cloud storage. You will also learn the properties, architecture, interfaces, and operations of Riak CS.
March 25, 2013
All of us here at Basho would like to congratulate CloudStack on their graduation from incubation status to a Top-Level Apache project. This signifies that the Project’s community and products have been well governed under the Apache Software Foundation’s meritocratic process and principles. CloudStack joined the Apache Incubator back in April 2012 and has experienced large successes since – including Datapipe’s decision to build their public cloud on CloudStack.
If you’re not familiar with CloudStack, it is used to deliver Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing in private-cloud, public, and hybrid cloud environments. It has been proven to be both stable and highly scalable, underpinning production clouds more than 30,000 physical nodes, in geo-distributed environments.
Basho has been partnered with CloudStack since September of last year, working together to build a combined platform for compute and storage resources. For more details about how Basho and CloudStack are working together, check out the full announcement.
The Apache Software Foundation is a non-profit that provides organizational, legal, and financial support for nearly 150 open source projects and initiatives. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products. Visit their site to learn more.
Congratulations again, CloudStack. We’re excited to see what comes next!