December 30, 2013
2013 was a huge year for Basho Technologies and before we dive into 2014, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come.
2013 was the year of the Riak User. We love hearing about all the amazing ways companies across various industries are using Riak. This year, we were able to share dozens of exciting case studies. These include:
- Synacor’s TV Everywhere platform
- Enstratius (acquired by Dell)
- Best Buy
- Alert Logic
- Viggle (through OmniTI)
- Turner Broadcasting
- Hosted Graphite
- Gilt Groupe
- Praekelt Foundation
- National Health Service
- City Maps
- The Weather Company
For even more Riak Users, check out the Users Page.
We released Riak 1.3, Riak 1.4, and the Technical Preview of Riak 2.0 this year. These releases added such features as Active Anti-Entropy, revamped Riak Control, queryability improvements, Riak Data Types, and much more. Be on the lookout for the general release of Riak 2.0 early next year.
This year, we expanded RICON, Basho’s distributed systems conference, to both RICON East and RICON West. These were both sold out conferences that featured speakers from bitly, Comcast, Google, Netflix, Salesforce, The Weather Company, Turner Broadcasting, Twitter, and many more.
We drastically increased the number of Basho partners in 2013. For a full list of partners, check out the Partnerships Page. Some key ones to note include Tokyo Electron Device, SoftLayer, and Seagate.
Our amazing community team hosted over 200 meetups around the world this year. On top of that, they also attended dozens of industry events to spread the word about Basho. Keep an eye on the Events Page to see where we’ll be in 2014.
2013 was a busy year but, with some exciting announcements coming, we look forward to an even busier 2014. Happy New Year!
December 3, 2013
The videos from RICON West 2013 are now available. RICON West brought together hundreds of developers to discuss distributed systems. It also featured 26 speakers over two days who spoke about new features in Riak, Riak in production, distributed systems in production, and research related to distributed systems.
In particular, there were some interesting talks related to how major companies are using Riak. James Hughes, Principal Technologist at Seagate Technology spoke on “The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform: Innovation to Enable Scale Out Storage.” The week prior to RICON West, Seagate announced their Kinetic Open Storage Platform that utilized Riak as the backend. On Day One of RICON West, James Hughes did the first public demo of this platform during his session. The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems, integrating an open source API and Ethernet connectivity with Seagate hard drive technology. Check out his full talk below for more information on the Kinetic Open Storage Platform, how it utilizes Riak, and the live demo.
RICON West also featured two speakers from The Weather Company, Raja Selvaraj (Manager of Data Systems Engineering) and Arvinda Gillella (SUN Architect). Their talk, “Building Next Generation Weather Data Distribution and On-demand Forecast Systems Using Riak,” describes The Weather Company’s need to effectively store and distributed terabytes of data, while still maintaining manageability, scalability and usability. Their talk focuses on the challenges they face trying to solve this problem and why they ultimately chose Riak as its solution. It also discusses their new IT platform, which uses Riak to build the next generation on-demand forecasting system. The full talk is available below:
To watch all of the sessions from RICON West 2013, visit the Basho Technologies Youtube Channel.
November 25, 2013
RICON is Basho’s distributed systems conference series for developers. Last month, RICON West took place at the St. Regis in San Francisco and brought together hundreds of engineers, developers, scientists, and architects to discuss the theory, practice, and importance of running distributed systems in production. It was a packed two-days with 26 talks from Basho, Google, Netflix, Seagate, The Weather Company, Twitter, and many others.
- Lindsey Kuper
- Miles O’Connell
- Eric Redmond
- James Hughes
- Justin Shoffstall and Charlie Voiselle
- Jeff Hodges
- Peter Bailis
- Ryland Degnan
- Joseph Blomstedt
- Derek Murray
All talks from Day Two will be added to the playlist over the next few weeks. Be sure to subscribe to Youtube.com/BashoTechnologies for notifications about new RICON West videos and other Basho content.
October 31, 2013
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Thanks to everyone who helped make the sold-out RICON West a huge success! RICON has come a long way in just one year and we are excited to see how it grows and evolves in the future.
RICON West featured over 25 speakers from academia and industry, including speakers from Basho, Google, Microsoft Research, Netflix, Salesforce, Seagate, The Weather Company, and Twitter. Over two days, they discussed the theory, practice, and importance of running distributed systems in production as well as some predictions on what’s in store for the future. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting slides and videos from all of the talks on both ricon.io and the blog.
In case you missed it, we also received some great press. Here’s a quick recap:
- “Salesforce’s data-center design: ‘Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!’“
- “What do we want? Strong consistency! When do we… oh, it’s in Riak v2“
What’s next for RICON? With three conferences already under our belt, we are excited to get to work on RICON Europe (our first international conference!) and continue RICON East. Keep an eye on Ricon.io and our blog for more details.
RICON West was also paired with a one-day Riak training. We plan on making these a more regular occurrence all over the country.
October 30, 2013
Today is the second day of RICON West, Basho’s distributed systems conference. If you weren’t able to make it out to San Francisco for the conference, tune in to our live stream to watch all of the great talks.
Day One of RICON West was an exciting one. Basho announced the availability of the Riak 2.0 Technical Preview (which Eric Redmond and Joseph Blomstedt described in more detail during their talks) and James Hughes of Seagate did the first live demo of the Kinetic Open Storage platform and Riak.
We also heard some amazing sessions from Pat Helland (Salesforce), Lindsey Kuper (Indiana University), Miles O’Connell (StackMob), Justin Shoffstall (Basho), Charlie Voiselle (Basho), Jeff Hodges (Twitter), Peter Bailis (UC Berkeley), Ryland Degnan (Netflix), and Derek Murray (Microsoft Research). We wrapped up Day One with Lightning Talks from across the industry and celebrated at Twenty Five Lusk (thanks for the drinks, Tower3 and Github!).
Today is another full day of amazing talks. Check out talks from Justin Sheehy (Basho), Diego Ongaro (Stanford University), Jeremy Ong (TBA), Jordan West (Basho), Susan Potter (Finsignia), Jason Brown (Netflix), Michael Bernstein (Code Climate), Sam Elliott (Basho), Andrew Thompson (Basho), Raja Selvaraj (The Weather Company), and Arvinda Gillella (The Weather Company). Additionally, Google Fellow, Jeff Dean, will be delivering the closing keynote on “The Tail at Scale: Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services.”
October 22, 2013
Today, Seagate has announced the availability of their Kinetic Open Storage platform, which simplifies data management, improves performance and scalability, all while lowering expenses. This fundamentally new architecture reduces costs by allowing applications to communicate directly with the storage system, eliminating the acquisition, deployment, and support costs of hyperscale storage infrastructures.
Basho has partnered with Seagate to help them develop this platform to provide interoperability and testing with Riak. Now, with the release of this platform, we want to make it easier for developers to test the Kinetic Open Storage platform with Riak. We have just released an alpha version of our eKinetic driver, which enables an Erlang-based high-performance socket connection to the drive. We have also released software to improve Riak backend compatibility by mapping a Riak backend to the drive library. Both are available for download https://github.com/basho-labs/riak_kinetic.
Not only does deploying Riak on this platform drastically simplify the management of data through a straightforward socket-based network interface, this simplification also increases I/O efficiency by removing bottlenecks and optimizing cluster management, data replication, migration, and active multi-datacenter performance. Additionally, it is expected that users will realize up to a 50% decrease in the Total Cost of Operations through simplified operations alone. Users can also maximize storage density through reduced power and cooling costs and build out cloud datacenters for even more savings.
Seagate Principal Technologist, James Hughes, will be speaking about the Kinetic Open Storage platform and Riak at RICON, Basho’s distributed systems conference. His talk, “Device Based Innovation to Enable Scale-Out Storage” will take place on October 29th at 12pm in Track Two. Seagate is also a sponsor of RICON.
Basho makes available alpha eKinetic (Erlang) driver and an integrated backend for Riak
CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 22, 2013 – Basho, an expert in distributed systems and cloud storage software, announced today that it has partnered with Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) to help significantly advance the economics and performance potential of cloud architectures. For the past six months, Basho has worked with Seagate on its development of its Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, providing interoperability and testing with Riak, Basho’s distributed NoSQL database.
The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform eliminates the storage server tier of traditional data center architectures by enabling applications to speak directly to the storage system, thereby reducing expenses associated with the acquisition, deployment, and support of hyperscale storage infrastructures. The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems integrating an open source API and Ethernet connectivity with Seagate hard drive technology.
Basho developed Riak to offer businesses a highly-available, fault-tolerant, distributed database ensuring ultra-low-latency performance that is simple-to-operate – at any scale. Today, Riak is used by thousands of companies including over 30 percent of the Fortune 50. Basho’s partnership with Seagate aimed to continue to improve on these ambitions and customers deploying Riak on the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform will see the following benefits:
- An increase in I/O efficiency by removing bottlenecks and optimizing cluster management, data replication, migration, and active multi-data center performance
- An improvement in customer Total Cost of Operations (TCO) by up to 50 percent through simplified operations
- An additional cost savings by maximizing storage density through reduced power and cooling costs, and receiving potentially dramatic savings in cloud data center build outs
To assist with developers seeking to test the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, Basho is making available an eKinetic driver enabling an Erlang-based high-performance socket connection to the drive. Basho is also providing software that maps a Riak backend to the drive library. Both the eKinetic driver and Riak backend compatibility are available as alpha version software.
“Seagate is bringing device based innovation to the scale-out cloud market in a new and open way,” said Ali Fenn, Senior Director of Advanced Storage at Seagate Technology. “This is a fundamentally new architecture – integrating an open source key/ value API and Ethernet connectivity into devices – that represents a vital leap forward in decreasing cloud architecture TCO while improving performance. We are very excited to work with Basho, a leader in distributed object storage software, to bring complete solutions to customers.”
“Basho’s distributed database relies on key/value stores directly attached to servers,” commented Jon Meredith, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Basho. “Seagate’s kinetic drive simplifies the management of key/value store, filesystem, logical volume manager, RAID controllers and actual devices by replacing them with a simple socket-based network interface. Freeing drives from server chassis enables independent scaling of capacity and throughput of a cloud architecture. We look forward to continuing to work with Seagate to offer customers significant performance and cost benefits when combining Riak on kinetic drive technology.”
Seagate at RICON West
James Hughes, Principal Technologist from Seagate, will be speaking at Basho’s distributed systems conference RICON West held in San Francisco October 29-30. His session is entitled Device Based Innovation to Enable Scale Out Storage. Seagate is a sponsor of RICON.
About Basho Technologies
Basho is a distributed systems company dedicated to making software that is highly available, fault-tolerant and easy-to-operate at scale. Basho’s distributed database, Riak, and Basho’s cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by fast growing Web businesses and by over 30 percent 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.
October 7, 2013
RICON West, Basho’s distributed systems conference, is quickly approaching at the end of October. This event will feature speakers from both academia and industry, presenting on a wide variety of distributed systems topics. This installment of RICON will be the largest to date and it would not be possible without our amazing sponsors.
Similar to the RICON speaker lineup, the sponsors stem from a variety of different industries. Current sponsors include Seagate, Engine Yard, Yammer, Google, SoftLayer, and Tower3. Additionally, this year RICON has its first media sponsorship from The Register. The Register’s Jack Clark has put together a list of the sessions that he’s most excited about attending in his article, “Distributed Systems Boffins Flock to RICON West.”
RICON West will be at the St. Regis in San Francisco from October 29-30th. In addition to the conference, Basho will be hosting a one-day Riak training the day before (October 28th). Be sure and grab tickets to both before they sell out!
October 1, 2013
On October 29-30th, RICON West will take over the St. Regis in San Francisco. RICON is Basho’s distributed systems conference that brings together engineers, developers, scientists, and architects. You can purchase tickets for this almost sold-out event here: ricon-west-2013.eventbrite.com/
This year’s keynote speaker is Jeff Dean, Google Fellow at Google Inc. His talk entitled, “The Tail at Scale: Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services,” will describe a collection of techniques and practices that lower response times in large distributed systems whose components run on shared clusters of machines, where pieces of these systems are subject to interference by other tasks, and where unpredictable latency hiccups are the norm, not the exception. He will also share examples of how these techniques are used in various pieces of Google’s systems infrastructure and in various higher-level online services.
RICON West also features speakers from academia and industry, including: Peter Bailis (UC Berkeley), Justin Sheehy (Basho), Pat Helland (Salesforce.com), Jeff Hodges (Twitter), Diego Ongaro (Stanford University), Susan Potter (Finsignia), Ryland Degnan and Jason Brown (Netflix), Miles O’Connell (StackMob), Derek Murray (Microsoft), Raja Selvaraj and Arvinda Gillella (The Weather Company), and many others.
If you’ll be in San Francisco on Oct. 28th, we will also be hosting a full-day Riak training. This training will teach you everything you need to know to start building highly available, scalable systems on Riak. Tickets to both the training and RICON are still available.
Be sure to grab tickets to RICON West before they sell out and see you in San Francisco!