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!
New York City, NY. – March 20, 2013 – Today at GigaOM Structure Data 2013 in New York City, Basho, the worldwide leader in distributed database and cloud storage software, announced that Riak CS (Cloud Storage) is now available open source, significantly expanding the ease-of-access to Basho’s software for developers, enterprise architects, and IT operations professionals seeking to build public or private storage clouds. Also today, Basho announced the general availability of Riak CS v1.3, the third release of Basho’s simple, available cloud storage software.
Riak CS is a multi-tenant, distributed, S3-compatible cloud storage platform that enables enterprises and service providers to launch public or private cloud services. Built on top of Riak, the world’s most advanced, open source, distributed database, Riak CS provides horizontal scale, extreme durability and low operational overhead in a distributed object storage system. Riak CS Enterprise adds Basho’s multi-datacenter replication technology and is backed by Basho’s 24×7 support and enterprise-class service-level commitments.
Riak CS Enterprise is used by great organizations worldwide including Datapipe, Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG), IDC Frontier, Rovio, and Yahoo! JAPAN.
New Features in 1.3
- Multipart Upload. Riak CS v1.3 includes a new multipart upload capability that lets users store very large files by uploading parts in parallel.
- Enhanced Control for Multi-Tenant Environments. Riak CS v1.3 introduces object access control by source IP enabling operating to restrict access to Riak buckets by IP address.
- Support for GET Range Requests. Riak CS users can now retrieve a range of bytes from a single object. This functionality is implemented in the “Range” request header of GET operations.
- Graphical Tool for Riak CS. Riak CS Control is a standalone web administration tool for user management.
Basho offers a hosted “sandbox” to test interfacing with a live implementation of Riak CS. The “sandbox” is available at https://www.riakcs.net/users/sign_in.
For more information on Riak CS Enterprise, and to request a Developers Trial License, click https://basho.com/riak-cloud-storage/.
Upcoming Riak CS Webinar and RICON EAST
Basho will host an “Introduction to Riak CS Webinar” on Tuesday, April 2. To participate in the webinar, sign up here.
Basho is hosting RICON EAST on May 13 – 14, 2013 in New York City, NY. RICON is Basho’s distributed systems conference by and for engineers, developers, scientists and architects. For ticket information on RICON East, visit http://ricon.io/east.html.
Greg Collins, president and CEO, Basho
“It has been almost one year since we first released Riak CS. In just 12 months, we have seen rapid adoption by global cloud operators, telecommunication providers and large enterprises. Over the past year, Riak CS has gained new advanced capabilities and has been battle-tested in many of our customers’ and partners’ labs. Our customers have deployed Riak CS as the object storage engine inside popular cloud computing platforms, including Apache CloudStack and OpenStack. Today, by open sourcing Riak CS, we are making it easier for users to experiment with and test Riak CS, to provide rapid product feedback, and to contribute to its future capabilities.”
Ash Yamanaka, general manager, IDC Frontier and
Shingo Saito, cloud product manager, Yahoo! JAPAN
“Basho, Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier, a member of Yahoo! JAPAN group, have a very strong and growing partnership. Today, Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier leverage Riak CS Enterprise to offer an S3-compatible public cloud storage service, as well as dedicated hosting options for our customers various applications. Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier are highly supportive of open source software and we view Basho’s announcement today as a positive move that will work to accelerate its ability to innovate and ultimately strengthen our cloud platform.”
Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and GM, Citrix Platforms Group, Citrix
“Basho clearly understands the market power of open source. Since Citrix and Basho started collaborating last year, we have seen strong enthusiasm among Citrix CloudPlatform users for Basho’s cloud object storage solution. Now, CloudStack users have easy access to Riak CS and can quickly deploy an object storage solution that features multi-tenancy and S3 compatibility. We believe that many Citrix CloudPlatform customers will also seek Riak CS Enterprise for its distributed data capabilities across multiple data centers.”
Ed Laczynski, vice president, Cloud Strategy and Architecture, Datapipe
“Datapipe is very supportive of Basho’s decision to open source portions of Riak CS. During the last six months, we have deployed Riak CS Enterprise in Datapipe’s 10gig Stratosphere cloud computing platform. Riak CS provides Datapipe and its customers with highly available, low-latency and S3-compatible storage. Datapipe’s customers will benefit as Basho’s community increasingly experiments, tests and contributes to Riak CS, ultimately speeding our access to more capabilities and higher performance.”
Simon Robinson, vice president of storage research, 451 Research
“The cloud storage market continues to accelerate as companies seek to build public and private storage clouds that mirror Amazon Web Services’ capabilities and economics. Basho, with Riak CS, already has a proven track record of successful customer public and private cloud deployments. Now, Basho is demonstrating it has confidence that the technical and business benefits of Risk CS can be accelerated even faster via the open source model.”
About Basho Technologies
Basho is a distributed systems company dedicated to making software that is always available, fault-tolerant and easy-to-operate at scale. Basho’s distributed NoSQL database, Riak, and Basho’s cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by fast growing Web businesses and by over 25% 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.
Basho Marketing Manager
March 20, 2013
Riak CS (Cloud Storage) is simple, available cloud storage software built on Riak. Basho announced today that Riak CS is now open source under the Apache 2 license. Organizations and users can now access the source code on Github and download the latest packages from the downloads page. Also, today, we announced that Riak CS Enterprise is now available as commercial licensed software, featuring multi-datacenter replication technology and 24×7 Basho customer support.
We will be hosting an introductory webcast to Riak CS on Tuesday, April 2. Sign up here.
Riak CS can be used to build private or public clouds or as reliable, available storage behind applications and platforms. Riak CS Enterprise is currently used by large corporations including Datapipe, Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG), IDC Frontier, Rovio, and Yahoo! JAPAN.
Basho is a distributed systems company dedicated to making software that is available, fault-tolerant, and easy to operate at scale. Twenty-five percent of the Fortune 50 and thousands of open source users large and small run our flagship open source database, Riak. Riak CS takes distributed systems principles derived from production Riak users and applies it to the problem of large scale storage. We are excited to share this code with the world.
Riak CS features:
- Highly available, fault-tolerant storage
- Large object support
- S3-compatible API and authentication
- Multi-tenancy and per-user reporting
- Simple operational model for adding capacity
- Robust stats for monitoring and metrics
For users requiring multi-datacenter replication and enterprise-level support, Riak CS Enterprise (a commercial extension of Riak CS) is available.
Today we are also announcing several new features, available now as part of the open source edition.
- Multipart upload. Upload very large files to Riak CS as a series of parts. Parts can be between 5MB and 5GB.
- Support for GET range queries. Retrieve a range of bytes from a single object. This functionality is implemented in the “Range” request header of GET operations.
- Per-bucket policies to restrict access to buckets based on source IP.
- Riak CS Control. Riak CS Control is a standalone web administration tool for user management available on Github.
“Basho, Yahoo! JAPAN, and IDC Frontier a member of Yahoo! JAPAN group have a very strong and growing partnership. Today, Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier leverage Riak CS Enterprise to offer an S3-compatible public cloud storage service, as well as dedicated hosting options for our customers various applications. Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier are highly supportive of open source software and we view Basho’s announcement today as a positive move that will work to accelerate its ability to innovate and ultimately strengthen our cloud platform.”
- Ash Yamanaka, general manager, IDC Frontier and
– Shingo Saito, cloud product manager, Yahoo! JAPAN
“Basho clearly understands the market power of open source. Since Citrix and Basho started collaborating last year, we have seen strong enthusiasm among Citrix CloudPlatform users for Basho’s cloud object storage solution. It has also provided the Apache CloudStack community with easy access to Riak CS for multi-tenancy and S3 compatibility. With today’s announcement, Citrix CloudPlatform customers will continue to benefit from Riak CS Enterprise for its distributed data capabilities across multiple data centers.”
- Sameer Dholakia, group vice president and GM, Citrix Platforms Group, Citrix
“Over the last six months, we have deployed Riak CS Enterprise within Datapipe’s 10gig Stratosphere cloud computing platform. Riak CS provides our customers with highly available, low-latency, S3-compatible cloud object storage. Datapipe is very supportive of Basho’s decision to open source portions of Riak CS. As Basho’s open source community grows, experiments, tests and contributes to Riak CS, Datapipe clients will benefit from access to additional capabilities and higher performance.”
- Ed Laczynski, vice president, Cloud Strategy and Architecture, Datapipe
Please join us for an introductory technical webcast to Riak CS on April 2. You can also read a technical overview on our website and find full documentation here.
In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to helping new users get started with Riak CS and be successful running it in production. We’ll be expanding integration and partnerships with open source cloud computing platforms in order to provide integrated storage and compute to the marketplace. As always, we’ll be listening to feedback, engaging with the community, and accepting pull requests.
February 15, 2013
On January 16, 2013, Citrix’s David Nalley and Basho’s John Burwell, detailed the underlying architecture and customer benefits of CloudStack and Basho’s Riak CS software. In the video, David Nalley provides an overview of CloudStack’s architecture and offers a walkthrough of CloudStack Administration, including provisioning of new instances and a description of the CloudStack API.
John Burwell, also a Committer to Apache CloudStack, explains the role of Secondary Storage software to store immutable assets (templates, ISO images, snapshots). John details the difference between Object Storage and Block Storage, discussing benefits such as flexible meta-data definition and custom API access. Finally, John describes enhancements in the upcoming 4.1.0 release that leverage Riak CS to synchronize assets in secondary storage across zones/data centers, reducing operational costs and complexity for multi-zone CloudStack implementations.
Basho is actively working with the CloudStack community to design CloudStack’s next generation architecture to drive deeper integration of leading edge storage technologies such as Riak CS.
Earlier this week, Basho and Datapipe announced the availability of a new object storage service on Datapipe’s 10 Gig Stratosphere Cloud Platform. The S3-compatible object storage service is built on Citrix CloudStack and fully integrates Riak CS.