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Datapipe and Riak Cloud Storage

February 11, 2013

We are excited to announce Datapipe’s Stratosphere, a globally available, high-performance managed cloud computing platform, leverages Riak Cloud Storage (CS). Riak Cloud Storage provides Datapipe and its customers with highly available, low-latency and S3-compatible storage.

Sign up here to get started with Datapipe’s 10 Gig Stratosphere cloud platform.

Datapipe offers a single provider solution for managing and securing mission critical IT services, including cloud computing, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, managed hosting, and colocation.

Stratosphere is Datapipe’s globally available managed cloud computing platform. With the launch of Riak CS to support cloud object storage, Datapipe customers can now access cloud object storage from any solution hosted with Datapipe and adjacent to existing solutions in any Datapipe data center. Stratosphere is designed for enterprise high I/O production environments and can also be used for development, testing and QA environments. Use cases include large-scale marketing campaigns, brand sites and analytics; applications with variable peak demand times and other dynamic workloads; and cloud disaster recovery and geographic redundancy.

Datapipe delivers services from the world’s most influential technical and financial markets including New York metro, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Why Riak Cloud Storage at Datapipe?
Datapipe selected Riak Cloud Storage for its low-latency, highly available object storage, operational ease-of-use, and multi-site replication capabilities. After extensively testing solutions from a variety of vendors in the space, Datapipe selected Riak Cloud Storage for a few core reasons:

  • Built on years of developing Riak, Riak CS is designed to provide simple, available, distributed cloud storage at any scale.
  • Riak CS is compatible with major cloud object storage clients and applications with its S3-based API.
  • Riak CS meets the high performance requirements of the Stratosphere cloud-computing platform.

“Riak CS provides the high-performance, distributed datastore we need to deliver a sound foundation for our cloud storage needs now and for many years into the future,” said Ed Laczynski, VP Cloud Strategy, Datapipe.

Be on the lookout for upcoming documentation about using Riak CS-backed functionality on Stratosphere at Datapipe. Riak CS is now available with Datapipe in a limited beta, with an upcoming full release.

For a developer trial of Riak CS, sign up here.

Basho

Self-Service Test Harness for Riak Cloud Storage

January 7, 2013

Riak Cloud Storage is simple, available cloud storage software built on top of Riak. It offers an S3 API, multi-tenancy and large object support for enterprises building public or private clouds. We want to make it easier to get started with Riak CS, so we’re now offering a self-service test harness. Visit riakcs.net to sign up – you can explore the functionality, test API operations, and experiment with clients and development apps. With the self-service feature, you can start playing right away.

Note that the test harness is primarily for exploring Riak CS features – if you want to do load testing and performance benchmarking, you should sign up for a developer trial that will give you access to Riak CS packages you can install and test on your own hardware.

Interested in learning more about Riak CS? All of the docs are available online.

Basho Team

Riak Cloud Storage in 15 Minutes (Video)

December 12, 2012

Learn the basics of Riak Cloud Storage in 15 minutes in this video from the Citrix CloudPlatform partner program. We discuss the building blocks of cloud services platforms and enterprise requirements for cloud storage. Then we walk through the properties, architecture, interfaces and operations of Riak CS.

If you want to try Riak CS, sign up for a developer trial to get up and running.

Basho Team

Citrix CloudPlatform Partnership Update – Multi-Datacenter Replication; CloudStack Collaboration Conference

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.

Basho Team

Announcing Riak Cloud Storage With Multi-Datacenter Replication

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.

Technical Details

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.

Basho Team

Try Riak Cloud Storage

October 18, 2012

Riak CS is enterprise cloud storage built on top of Riak, offering S3-compatible, multi-tenant large object storage. It’s software for building public clouds, or reliable storage behind your applications. And of course, it’s designed to be fault-tolerant, highly available and easy to operate, just like Riak. Riak CS docs are available online, but we also wanted to provide an easy way for teams to get their hands on some code or a hosted version to try out.

We’ve got two ways to get you started. First, we’ve got hosted Riak CS for testing. It’s got a simple UI so you can upload files, test out the API, use s3cmd or another client against it, and generally work your way around. If you want to dig further into Riak CS, we also have a Riak CS developer trial. This gives you access to the Riak CS code (and a little bit of our help to get you up and running), so you can install it on your own machines, do all the testing you need in your own environment, and decide if it’s the right choice for you.

If either of these options sound good to you, send us a little info on you and we’ll get you started.

enStratus Uses Basho Riak to Ensure High-Availability for its SaaS Enterprise Cloud Management Platform


Riak enables enStratus to provide customers with high-availability cloud management options spanning multiple data centers.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 19, 2012Basho Technologies, the leader in highly-available,
distributed data store technologies, announced today that Riak, its NoSQL distributed database, is being used by enStratus Networks to meet the Company’s high-availability and performance objectives.

enStratus is a cloud infrastructure management platform from enStratus Networks, Inc. that addresses the governance issues associated with deploying systems in public, private and hybrid clouds. Think of enStratus as the enterprise console to the world of cloud computing — a unified solution for managing a single cloud or multi-cloud environment. Every minute of every day, enStratus coordinates metadata across hundreds of thousands of virtual machines from and across its customers’ varied cloud infrastructures. Because customers rely on enStratus for the management of critical IT systems in the cloud, it is important that the management platform matches or exceeds the promise of the very systems enStratus manages and monitors.

Today, thanks to Riak, enStratus benefits from high availability, write-scalability and an architecture that supports cross-data center redundancy. Built as a key/value store, Riak has an inherent ability to easily manage both structured and unstructured data, even at scale. enStratus uses Riak to store a combination of read-heavy and write-intensive data, such as machine and state information, and data supporting analytics and audit control. Prior to switching to Riak, enStratus’ cloud platform was deployed on MySQL.

“We first worked with Basho to gain a ‘master/master’ replication system that enables enStratus to run live operations across multiple data centers,” said George Reese, Chief Technology Officer at enStratus. “enStratus relies on Riak to ensure that our cloud infrastructure management platform scales seamlessly, without interruption and performance bottlenecks, while meeting and exceeding internal requirements for high availability and data durability. With Riak, we are achieving our goal of a highly-available, ‘design for failure’ architecture.”

Riak is a horizontally scalable, highly available, low latency distributed database that delivers on the promise of data durability and low operational overhead. With Riak, enterprises and service providers can rest assured that their data is not only available, but also safe. If nodes fail or the access to nodes is lost, Riak will never lose data.

About enStratus

enStratus Networks is a company focused on providing cloud infrastructure management solutions for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. enStratus has a multi-cloud architecture that provides governance, automation and cloud independence.

enStratus delivers governance for the cloud through a patent-pending security architecture and a powerful management console across all leading public and private clouds including Amazon Web Services, AT&T Synaptic Storage, Bluelock, Cloud Central, Citrix CloudStack, CloudSigma, EMC Atmos, Eucalyptus, GoGrid, Google Storage, HP Cloud Services, Joyent Cloud, Nimbula, OpenStack, Rackspace, ServerExpress, Verizon/Terremark, VMware and Windows Azure.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, enStratus serves hundreds of organizations worldwide including Korea’s largest telecom provider KT, SAIC, and The Cloud Security Alliance.

Riak and enStratus at RICON 2012

enStratus Chief Technology Officer, George Reese will present at RICON 2012 on October 10th and 11th in San Francisco, CA. At RICON, George will cover the basics of the enStratus application architecture, the pros and cons of moving from a transactional to an eventually consistent persistence model, and the process of moving to Riak. George will not only cover high-level architecture issues, but also discuss tools like enterprise replication, secondary indexes, and automated object/Riak persistence mapping. RICON 2012 is a two-day conference dedicated to Riak, developers and the future of distributed systems. For registration and event information, please visit: www.ricon2012.com.

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, and e-commerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak to implement content delivery platforms and multi-device session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is open source and packages are available for download at http://wiki.basho.com/Riak.html. Riak EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. For more information visit basho.com or follow Basho Technologies on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Basho CEO to Speak at Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit


Basho CEO Don Rippert will speak on cloud storage adoption at Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 17, 2012Basho Technologies, the worldwide leader in distributed database technologies, announced today that Basho’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Rippert, is participating in a panel discussion at 451 Research‘s 8th annual North American Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit taking place in Las Vegas from September 18-September 20, 2012. The panel will focus on how service providers can benefit from innovative technologies and approaches that are emerging around cloud storage.

Event and Panel Details

Topic: “Cloud Storage – Show Me the Money!””
Date/Time: Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 1:30pm to 2:10pm ET
Location: Aria Resort and Casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV

Panel Speakers:

The panel will be moderated by Simon Robinson, Research Vice President of Storage at 451 Research.

Basho is Hiring

Basho is a leader and innovator in the next generation of distributed systems technologies. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate candidates interested in helping grow Basho worldwide. For more information on employment opportunities with Basho, please visit http://bashojobs.theresumator.com/.

About HCTS

The Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit, North America (HCTS NA) is the premier forum for executives in the hosting, cloud computing, datacenter and Internet infrastructure sectors. Corporate leaders, industry visionaries, practitioners, financial professionals and end users come together to learn, network and map out strategies for today’s rapidly changing marketplace. The program at the Summit provides a complete overview of the opportunities and challenges facing the hosting and cloud industries in a power-packed three-day format.

About 451 Research

451 Research, a division of The 451 Group, is focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company’s analysts provide critical and timely insight into the competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Business value is delivered via daily concise and insightful published research, periodic deeper-dive reports, data tools, market-sizing research, analyst advisory, conferences and events.

Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on 451 Research’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. 451 Research is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle, and Denver.

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, and e-commerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is open source and packages are available for download at http://wiki.basho.com/Riak.html. Riak EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.basho.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Basho Joins Apache CloudStack Project; Collaborates with Citrix on Complete Cloud Software Offering for the Enterprise


Riak™ Cloud Storage (CS) and Citrix CloudPlatform to provide integrated storage and compute capabilities for private, hybrid, and public clouds.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Sept 5, 2012Basho Technologies, the worldwide leader in distributed database technologies, announced today that it is partnering with Citrix on the Apache CloudStack project and delivering an integrated cloud infrastructure platform for the enterprise market. The companies have agreed to collaborate and jointly market integrated cloud platform software that includes Basho’s distributed object storage system, Riak CS. Riak CS will be a tested and certified object storage option for enterprises deploying Citrix CloudPlatform, the commercial distribution of the Apache CloudStack open source cloud computing platform.

Basho and Citrix are working together on a combined platform for compute and storage resources. Once completed, the fully integrated solution will include end-to-end authentication support allowing users to have common credentials for both storage and compute resources, as well as an integrated reporting system to allow unified billing. The solution will provide both Citrix CloudPlatform and Apache CloudStack users a unique built-in multi-datacenter replication option for maximum protection, availability and geographic locality of data. Basho will also offer 24×7 support with commercial service-level agreements for customers to ensure the integrity of data storage within Apache CloudStack for customers

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.

About Apache CloudStack

Since its introduction, Apache CloudStack has rapidly become the leading open source platform for building, managing and delivering highly scalable infrastructure-as-a-service clouds for over 150 customers. Based on the technology from the Apache CloudStack project, Citrix CloudPlatform provides customers with solutions that make it easy to build new clouds, connect to existing cloud services, and deliver unparalleled cloud services with the best security, performance and reliability. The collaboration between Basho and Citrix combines a proven object storage platform with the marketing leading cloud compute platform and delivers a robust, open, hypervisor-agnostic platform to help customers of all sizes build true Amazon-style clouds.

Quotes

Peder Ulander, Vice President of Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms, Citrix

“Highly-available and reliable data storage is a fundamental and necessary component of any cloud infrastructure platform,” said Peder Ulander, CMO, Citrix. “By integrating, testing and certifying Riak CS with Apache CloudStack, Basho is providing best-in-class object storage and a unique multi-data center replication option that arms our users to achieve the highest levels of availability and scalability. Citrix is excited to endorse this combination for our customers.”

Kevin Kluge, Vice President of Engineering, Cloud Platforms, Citrix

“Basho’s distributed data capabilities enable an always-on architecture,” said Kevin Kludge, Vice President of Engineering, Cloud Platforms at Citrix. “Riak’s master-less architecture is well-suited to the growth and availability needs of cloud environments. This benefit is even more visible when extended across multiple datacenters. Apache CloudStack users will soon easily access this innovative data storage capability.”

Kiichi Yamato, Vice Division Director, IDC Frontier

“IDC Frontier strongly supports the strategic partnership between Basho and Citrix,” commented Kiichi Yamato, vice division director at IDC Frontier. “We feel that Riak CS is the perfect complement to Apache Cloudstack, providing a proven, distributed cloud storage capability. This partnership follows our recent equity investment in support of Basho which emphasized our strategic interest in distributed technologies that can leverage the IDC Frontier footprint of data centers throughout Japan.”

George Reese, Chief Technology Officer, enStratus

“enStratus is pleased to see Basho partner with Citrix’s CloudStack, one of the more popular cloud computing architectures for the enterprise market,” said George Reese, CTO of enStratus. “We first worked with Basho to gain a ‘master/master’ replication system that enabled enStratus to run live operations across multiple data centers. With Riak, we are achieving our goal of a highly-available, ‘design for failure’ architecture. Now, we are excited to see that our customers will benefit from an distributed cloud storage solution integrated with their CloudStack deployments.”

Justin Sheehy, Chief Technology Officer, Basho

“Basho is excited to integrate Riak CS with CloudStack to create a complete cloud infrastructure platform,” said Justin Sheehy, Basho’s CTO. “In addition, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to Apache CloudStack and to open source by contributing back to the project. I am confident that the combination of Apache CloudStack and Riak CS will provide operators with the most powerful and complete cloud computing platform available on the market.”

Riak CS and CloudStack at RICON 2012

Basho’s CTO Justin Sheehy and Citrix’s vice president of engineering for Cloud Platforms, Kevin Kluge, will co-present at RICON 2012 on October 10th and 11th in San Francisco, CA. RICON 2012 is a two-day dedicated conference dedicated to Riak, developers and the future of distributed systems. For registration and event information, visit www.ricon2012.com.

About Basho Technologies

Basho Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, and e-commerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Basho customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.

Riak is available open source for download at http://wiki.basho.com/Riak.html. Riak EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.basho.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.

Riak Cloud Storage – New Features and Product Update

August 21, 2012

Earlier this year we launched Riak CS – simple, available cloud storage built on Riak. We gave it an S3-compatible API, made it multi-tenant, and added per-user reporting on network and storage utilization. Riak CS provides the core features to build public or private clouds that are distributed, fault-tolerant and easy to scale.

Since then, we’ve rolled out a startup program to make Riak CS affordable for earlier-stage shops. And we’ve talked to a number of companies who wanted to license Riak CS based on the amount of storage they need, rather than the number of nodes, so now you can do that too. (Get in touch if you want a quote.) Riak CS docs are now also publicly available on our wiki.

Today we’re announcing some new features and additions to Riak CS, including more options for user admin, auth and object metadata, plus improved stats and troubleshooting. We’ll walk thru the Riak CS architecture, operations and new functionality in an upcoming webcast, or read on.

New in Riak CS

Better User Administration

We’ve beefed up the Riak CS user API so admins can now list all users, issue new credentials to a user, or disable a user. We’ve also got new configuration options to restrict user creation to admins or let anyone create a user directly.

List All Objects in a Bucket Much Faster

User objects in Riak CS are stored in flat namespaces called “buckets”. We sped up one of the most common bucket operations: listing all of its objects. Riak CS now uses MapReduce to look up objects, yielding significant performance gains.

Arbitrary Metadata

One of our top customer requests. Now you can store some additional metadata with your Riak CS objects – whatever is most useful to you.

New Basic Health Check

If you’ve ever set up Riak, you’ve probably used the basic health check to test Riak nodes. Now you can send an HTTP “ping” to Riak CS nodes as well to make sure they are responsive. The “ping” will also fail if the Riak CS node can’t reach the underlying Riak database (Riak CS nodes have a 1×1 mapping onto Riak nodes).

Better Inspection and Troubleshooting

We have added DTrace probing in Riak CS and we are working on SmartOS packaging. We will also be working on packaging for other platforms that support DTrace. Once these packages are available it should help operators who use DTrace platforms troubleshoot any issues with Riak CS and have more visibility into their stack. We also now expose more stats information on the Riak CS runtime by HTTP request.

Improved S3 API Coverage

We also added support for query parameter authentication, increasing compliance with S3’s REST Authentication scheme. This means that Riak CS users can now authenticate thru a request header or a URL-encoded query string parameter.

Stay tuned because we’re hard at work on the next Riak CS features and improvements. What do you want to see? We’d love to hear from you.