December 21, 2009
As a follow up to my first screencast on using Rebar for embedded Riak nodes, this video gives a more general overview of Rebar using ibrowse, an existing Erlang application, to show functionality and intended uses.
December 17, 2009
The team here at Basho has been working hard this past week to take Riak to the next level when it comes to usability in a production environment. The fruits of our labor are demonstrated here in this screencast as we proudly present Riak running in a fully self-contained embedded node environment.
What this means for our users is that it’s easier than ever to deploy and manage Riak servers — mainly no more dependencies on an external Erlang install. What’s more, running a Riak node is controlled by a single script that also provides runtime access to the Erlang console even if Riak is running in the background.
Enjoy, and stay tuned, as there are more of these to come!
December 15, 2009
At Basho, we’re a very lucky bunch of people.
The first paying customer for the Enterprise edition of Riak was Mochi Media. They first rolled it out on a low-profile system. I won’t lie to you by saying that everything was perfect; any interesting piece of software will show its warts the first time it is placed into an unforeseen environment. The people at Mochi were open, communicative, and interested in learning more about how Riak worked. As they became comfortable with its behavior operationally and under load, they put it into bigger and more business-critical applications. Those first experiences with Mochi helped us to reprioritize our early to-do list to best serve others like them, and we also gained a valuable advisor.
We’ve signed a few great customers since then, and the latest such is Collecta. Long before they started using our product inside their search service we were having great conversations with them about their use of Webmachine and other topics. Jack already told the story about the genesis of Riak Search better than I can, so you should read his account of it. Both the ideas and the very concrete problem set posed by Collecta gave John exactly what was needed to focus the project and deliver something really cool.
An important part of building a business around open source software is that it isn’t just customers that care about the quality of your work. In addition to the valuable experiences we have had with customers, direct open source contributions have made a big difference as well. Since shortly after we first released Riak under the Apache 2 license, we have received valuable improvements in code, documentation, and ideas from people around the world. A few of those have become customers since then, but we are also deeply grateful to all of the others. We hope for Riak to thrive in various open source contexts, and it is because of those people that we are hopeful.
We’re working this week with a potential new customer that wants to store and process terabytes of data in a single Riak cluster, and in a very visible public-facing system. Just like with Mochi and Collecta, the fact that we are talking to some very smart, capable people makes our job a pleasure even in the face of interesting new challenges — perhaps especially then.
We really are lucky to work with such excellent people.
Thank you to the customers of Basho and everyone else who has helped us so far on the road of continuous improvement.
December 15, 2009
Another big announcement for the team here at Basho: Collecta, which makes a truly cool real-time streaming search engine, has chosen to use Riak Search. They are longtime Webmachine users and when they learned about Riak, they partnered with us to define Riak Search and validate the prototype.
Look for a blog post later in the day from Justin Sheehy on what it was like to work with Collecta. (Hint: it was awesome!)
December 11, 2009
Just out: Basho’s first podcast discussing Riak. Justin Sheehy and Tony Falco revisit the definition of scalability Justin first discussed at NoSQL East 2009, discuss EC2, Riak, and Riak’s map/reduce and soon-to-be-released distributed search and indexing. As a special bonus, at 3:24 in the podcast, listen for the sound of Kevin Smith’s SMS accepting the job at Basho. The mic did not pick up Justin’s grimace. Of course, he didn’t miss a beat. “I just did, Bob….”
November 18, 2009
Justin spends a little time discussing Riak and then quickly moves on to a discussion of first principles.
Justin’s presentation stands on its own but it is worth pointing out: terms like “scalable” and “distributed” and “fault tolerant” are not marketing terms. Applied rigorously, the principles underlying them (a hat tip to folks like Brewer, Lewin/Leighton/Karger et. al.) lead to game-changing software.
Building truly decentralized systems requires discipline. Shortcuts for premature optimization ultimately lead to a dead end.
Then make sure to check out Basho’s very own Rusty Klophaus, who will be opening up the Erlang User Conference, slated to kick-off November 12th.
Rusty will be giving a brief overview of both Nitrogen and Riak, and then plans to describe common patterns and practices of Nitrogen and Riak development against the background of a sample application that allows a presenter to share and control a slideshow over the internet. In short, his presentation is not to be missed. (Official abstract can be found here.)
So, if you find yourself in Sweden this Thursday, make sure to show your face at the Astoria on Nybrogatan in Stockholm, and show your support for Erlang, Riak, Nitrogen and, most-importantly, Rusty.
October 29, 2009
NoSQL East 2009 kicked of last night at Tap, a great venue in midtown Atlanta. We met some of the organizers — Chris Williams and Brad Anderson — who in addition to trying to stoke some controversy and seed some passion, seemed eager to show us all the delights Atlanta has to offer — all honorable goals for a host. We visited with people from Rackspace, a developer from DC who flew himself down on his own dime to see what NoSQL was about, the CEO of Neo. Everyone seemed to agree: there is a ton of opportunity for alt db’s and the world is changing away from monolithic, one-size-tries-but-fails-to-fit-all databases to situationally driven use cases. We’ll see if the fellowship continues when the beer stops flowing but I suspect the market will have much more of a say: with all these choices, the developers are the ones who are empowered.
Justin Sheehy, our CTO, will be speaking soon. Today should give us lots to report.