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TV Everywhere With Synacor and Riak

January 9, 2013

Synacor’s TV Everywhere platform enables cable, satellite, consumer electronics and telco companies to stream content and programming to any device, anytime. TV Everywhere also provides innovative search, discovery and recommendation solutions combined with deep social media integration.

Synacor TV Everywhere uses Riak as object storage for video clips, news stories and other content. Originally using a relational solution as their primary datastore, API response times had started to slow as they continued to add more assets. After evaluating several possible solutions, they chose to move to Riak due to its low latency and Synacor’s high availability requirements.

Riak Enterprise has been deployed in multiple Synacor datacenters and has improved the API response time significantly since its integration. Synacor now stores over 5 million assets with thousands being added daily. According to Michael Collins, Synacor’s Senior Director of Engineering, “Riak has never been the source of a bottleneck for us. It’s been great.”

For more details, check out the complete case study, “TV Everywhere with Synacor and Riak”


Riak on VM Depot from MS Open Tech

January 9, 2013

Today, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc announced the public preview of VM Depot. Basho is pleased to participate in this launch. Available today, you can quickly deploy a virtual machine image, configured with an OSS Riak implementation from the VM Depot.

For more information on the VM Depot launch, check out the interoperability@Microsoft blog and follow @openatmicrosoft.

Ease of deployment is a common theme we hear from the community…ensuring Riak is available on your platform of choice is part of our purpose in supporting your deployment needs. Whether it’s quickly prototyping an internal application in the enterprise, deploying a hybrid cloud solution, or leveraging solely public cloud services, Riak is an excellent choice for solving your data-storage needs at scale.

If you need multi-datacenter replication and support, contact us to discuss Riak Enterprise on Azure.

Given that this is a public preview, installation documentation is forthcoming. When it is ready, and that will be soon, you can find it on our documentation portal. In the mean time, feel free to ask questions, or provide feedback, on the mailing list.

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

Slides- Moving from a Relational Database to Riak

January 3, 2013

Most teams considering using Riak come from a relational database background. From our webcast on moving from relational to Riak, the below slide deck covers an overview of Riak, how the architecture differs from a relational approach, the advantages for scaling and development, and what’s different about application building and database operating in a non-relational world. We also include a few stories of Riak users who replaced MySQL or added Riak to the mix.

Interested in learning more? Check out our overview, From Relational to Riak.

Basho Team

Yokozuna Pre-release 0.2.0 Now Available

December 31, 2012

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Basho. We’ve got some new code to help you ring in the new year. Ryan Zezeski and others have been hard at work on Yokozuna, the next generation of Riak Search that marries Riak with Apache Solr.

The latest pre-release, 0.2.0, was just tagged, and there’s plenty to be excited about for those of you who are interested in test-driving the code. In addition to various bug fixes, some of the new features include:

  • Active Anti Entropy Support – Automatic background processing that seeks out and rectifies divergences between data stored in Riak and indexes stored in Yokozuna.
  • Benchmark Scripts – A pre-built collection of benchmarking scripts for automating performance testing.
  • Sibling Support – When enabled, Yokozuna will now index all object versions. It will also handle index cleanup upon sibling resolution.

The full release notes are up on the GitHub repo.


Commits in this release came from Ryan Zezeski, Eric Redmond, and Dan Reverri. Mark Steele also reported a few issues that were fixed in this release.

Use Yokozuna

Remember that this is alpha software, and won’t be officially supported by Basho until a future release. That said, Ryan and the team are actively looking for beta testers with use cases that might be appropriate for Yokozuna. If you’re in the market for scalable, distributed full-text search, join the Riak Mailing List and start asking questions.

There’s a pre-built Yokozuna AWS AMI (ami-8b8d03e2) with the latest changes that’ll make it easy to take Yokozuna for a test drive.

And if you’re looking for a high-level introduction to Yokozuna, take 30 minutes to watch Ryan’s RICON2012 talk or browse the matching slide deck.


The Basho Team

From Relational to Riak- Advantages, Tradeoffs and Considerations

December 19, 2012

We work with many people building platforms and applications on Riak that have traditionally lived on relational systems. The switch to Riak can be driven by the needs of greenfield applications and growing data volumes, business requirements around scale and availability, or the desire for operational ease and multi-site replication.

Some of the most common questions we get are from teams with a primary background in MySQL, Oracle Database or other relational systems wondering about the advantages and tradeoffs of moving to Riak. To address these common questions, we’ve written up an introductory guide on moving from relational to Riak. In it, we cover:

  • Scalability benefits of Riak, including an examination of limitations around master/slave architectures and sharding, and what Riak does differently
  • A look at the operational aspects of Riak and where they differ from relational approaches
  • Riak’s data model and benefits for developers, as well as the tradeoffs and limitations of a key/value approach
  • Migration considerations, including where to start when migrating existing applications to Riak
  • Riak’s eventually consistent design, how it differs from a strongly consistent design, and things you need to know about handling data conflicts in Riak
  • Multi-site replication options in Riak

You can download the paper here, and when you’re ready to dive deeper, check out our online documentation with more information on Riak, building applications on it, and our commercial products.

Basho Team

Riak AMI Now Available on Amazon Marketplace

Running Riak on AWS just got easier. Announcing Riak AMI, a ready-built virtual machine and configuration of Riak for Amazon EC2.

CAMBRIDGE, MA – December 14, 2012 – A number of our community members and customers already use Riak on AWS, and with the Riak AMI getting up and running should be much easier. The Riak AMI helps support a growing number of hybrid implementations where businesses use both private infrastructure and public cloud services. This hybrid model can be leveraged to address burst capacity issues, tenancy/locality concerns, and simple proof-of-concept deployments, in addition to a myriad of other business challenges.

For more information, read our post here: http://basho.com/blog/technical/2012/12/14/Riak-on-Amazon-Marketplace-AMI/.

Riak AMI Now Available on Amazon Marketplace

December 14, 2012

tl;dr – A Riak AMI is now available in the AWS Marketplace. Installation and configuration documentation is on the doc portal.

A number of our community members and customers already use Riak on AWS, and with the Riak AMI getting up and running should be much easier. At its simplest, the AMI is a ready-built virtual machine image and configuration of Riak for those who use Amazon EC2.

The Riak AMI also helps support a growing number of hybrid implementations where businesses use both private infrastructure and public cloud services. This hybrid model can be leveraged to address burst capacity issues, tenancy/locality concerns, and simple proof-of-concept deployments, in addition to a myriad of other business challenges.

The Riak AMI is configured for the OSS Riak implementation. If you need multi-datacenter replication and support, contact us to discuss Riak Enterprise.

We’d love to hear feedback on the AMI and additional things we can do to make running Riak on cloud infrastructure easier for you. Please drop a note in the mailing list with any feedback. Happy deploying!

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

Riak Enterprise at Velti

December 3, 2012

In 2009, mobile marketing and advertising technology provider Velti had a good (but challenging) problem on their hands. Their technology, which allows people to interact with their TV by voting, giving feedback, participating in contests, etc., had taken off. It had been adopted by nearly all of the TV broadcasters in the UK and three of the UK’s five mobile operators. As more customers began using their technology, Velti saw quick growth in (inherently spikey) traffic. Their 2003-era .NET, SQLServer platform was becoming a concern.

Because the team at Velti had been working with Erlang (what Riak is written in), in 2010 they brought in Erlang Solutions to help them architect their next generation platform. Riak was chosen for the database, and an early version of Multi-Data Center replication in Riak Enterprise was used to build two geographically separated sites to minimize potential catastrophic outages.

Velti’s new mGageTM platform is now running on 18 servers across two data centers (nine nodes in each data center), with each server running both Erlang applications as well as Riak. We’re pleased to pass along reports that the platform is redundant, queue behavior has significantly improved (especially for large queue populations), and that after Velti moved to Riak 1.2, they saw noticeable disk space utilization thanks to improvements in merge management.

Markus Kern, VP Technology at Velti summarizes, “We operate a 24/7 service for over 140 customers. We cannot afford a single minute of downtime. Riak gives us the ability to meet and exceed our requirements for scale, data, durability, and availability.” Woot!

For more details on Velti’s experience, see our case study Highly Available Mobile Platform With Riak.

Basho Team