By Adam Wray, CEO
In January this year we announced several significant milestones on our journey to becoming the world’s leading developer of database solutions for unstructured data. I’m pleased to tell you that one quarter into the New Year, we haven’t lost a single step, and there’s much more to on the way.
Last week we announced that we have continued our bookings growth, with a 65% bookings increase from Q1 2014 to Q1 2015. Our licensing to services revenue remain at a very healthy 9:1 ratio, and innovative improvements to Riak continue unabated. But what’s most exciting to me is that the core driver of our success is that we have a strong product that meets the need of a growing number of organizations who are faced with the challenge of unlocking the value of unstructured data.
The single most important dynamic separating strategic IT from simply functional IT is making the most of the data that we generate and store – deriving true business value from the ocean of unrelated data points being generated by a rapidly expanding range of applications. NoSQL databases, given their ability to scale quickly and to enable data retrieval quickly and reliably from completely unstructured data sets, are key to enabling the extraction of that value. But we don’t make it happen alone. Our ever-expanding partner ecosystem is critical to our success, and a few of them have truly taken great strides in the past few months to move adoption of Riak forward:
- Cloudsoft recently released tested, optimized Riak blueprints to help devops teams deploy applications faster and easier across a variety of clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM Softlayer.
- Out longtime partner Erlang Solutions developed WombatOAM, an operations and maintenance framework which provides full visibility into the state of Riak clusters.
- One of our most innovative customer’s Tapjoy, has built a queuing system on top of Riak. They plan to open source this tool and work with Basho on future projects that leverage our highly-available distributed systems foundation.
In addition to these new partner-contributed capabilities, we also introduced a number of new technical improvements to both Riak and Riak CS, our object storage solution, that greatly enhance not only performance, but ease of deployment, scale and usability. Significantly, Riak 2.1 introduces the concept of “write once” buckets, buckets whose entries are intended to be written exactly once, and never updated or over-written. This development improves write speeds up to 2x faster in some scenarios. You will find more about these new releases in a blog published last week by our Vice President of Product, Peter Coppola, available here.
We are extremely proud of our product, our people, our partners and our prospects for the future. The work that we’ve done and the foundation we’ve built – in both business and technical terms, have us perfectly poised for the next level of growth.
It’s going to be an exciting year! In the coming months we’ll unveil some very significant product developments that the team at Basho is very excited about. Thanks for your interest and I sincerely look forward to discussing these new developments with you in a blog post in the very near future.
January 22, 2014
Before heading over to 25 Lusk for the RICON West 2013 after party, Engine Yard sponsored the Lightning Talks at the end of Day One. Lightning Talks are 5-10 minute presentations by the attendees of RICON. Lightning Talks can cover a wide range of topics, including new projects being worked on, new services being built, or how a company is using Riak.
This past RICON West featured 11 speakers, including:
- Ines Sombra (EngineYard) discussing EngineYard’s Cloud and hosted Riak
- Armon Dadgar (HashiCorp) discussing Serf
- Michael Shavell (Symantec) discussing how the Norton Notification Service uses Riak
- Chris Meiklejohn (Basho) discussing Verified Vector Clocks
- Heinz Gies (Project FiFo) discussing Project FiFo
- Chris Doherty (Ooyala) discussing Communicating Effectively
- Jason Johnson (SoftLayer) discussing filesystems
- Kyle Kingsbury (Factual) discussing Skuld
- Nicolas Favre-Felix (Acunu) discussing CRDTs for real-time analytics
- Joe DeVivo (Basho) discussing Cuttlefish
- Christopher Merz (SolidFire) discussing Riak on SolidFire
You can watch all of the Lightning Talks below.
To watch all of the sessions from RICON West 2013, visit the Basho Technologies Youtube Channel.
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!
October 31, 2013
If you attended RICON West, we’d love to hear your feedback! Please fill out the survey here.
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 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!
August 21, 2013
Riak is being used by companies of all shapes and sizes. Since it is open source, we don’t know exactly how many deployments of Riak there are, but our best guess puts it in the thousands. We love hearing about all the unique ways companies are using Riak. Sometimes, our awesome users and partners even write up blogs that showcase how they’re using Riak and why they decided to give it a try. Below are a few good ones that we came across:
Our partner, SoftLayer, has written about Riak a number of times. Recently, Marc Jones wrote about some popular use cases for Riak and Harold Hannon wrote a performance analysis about running Riak on bare metal.
You can learn more about how Basho partners with SoftLayer here.
Flyclops is currently in the process of launching with Riak, and they have chosen to blog about their experiences along the way. First, they wrote about their database evaluation process and why they chose Riak. Then, earlier this week, they wrote about building Riak on OmniOS.
Superfeedr created a Google Reader API replacement and chose to power it with Riak.
For more examples of how companies are using Riak, check out our Users Page.
August 6, 2013
Basho would not be where we are today without the valuable partnerships we have forged. Our partners have made Riak much more accessible and powerful. If you’re not familiar with our range of partners, check out our Partnership Page.
A large part of our partnership program is with hosting providers. Currently, we partner with five hosting providers:
Amazon Web Services: Riak can be quickly implemented via the AMI available on the Amazon Marketplace. To help you set up and configure a Riak cluster with this AMI, check out our blog post that walks you through the process. If AMI isn’t the right option for you, we have a few other deployment options available as well.
Windows Azure: Riak is a fully supported and tested NoSQL database option available on the Microsoft VM Depot. You can quickly deploy a virtual machine image or manually install via our packaging tools. You can learn more about this partnership on our blog.
Engine Yard: Hosted Riak is officially supported on the Engine Yard cloud platform. A Riak cluster can be deployed as simply as defining some configuration values and clicking “Add Cluster.” Ines Sombra, Lead Data Engineer at Engine Yard, has put together a talk to help you get started using Riak in cloud environments.
Joyent: Riak SmartMachines, developed in partnership with Joyent, enable SmartOS users to quickly deploy Riak on the Joyent infrastructure. These SmartMachines are scalable, fault-tolerant, open source key/value database servers intended to be the primary data storage mechanism in production applications. Check out Joyent’s site for more information.
SoftLayer: Riak and Riak Enterprise are available on SoftLayer’s global cloud platform. Customers can design and deploy a complete solution through SoftLayer’s solution designer and leverage the global footprint of SoftLayer data centers to provide for multi-datacenter replication. Check out our blog post for more information.
June 5, 2013
To help make Riak even more accessible, we have partnered with a number of different hosting providers, consulting services, system integrators, and OEMs to help you better use Riak. You can check out all of our partners at the Partnerships Page, which highlights how we are collaborating. Below is a look at some of our wonderful partners.
For those of you in need of a hosting provider for Riak, Basho is partnered with a number of great companies to help get you deployed quickly. Partners include: Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Joyent, SoftLayer (which was recently acquired by IBM and also offers hosting for Riak Enterprise), and Engine Yard – which is offering 500 free hours when you sign up.
Some companies that are using Riak and Riak CS to power applications or other product offerings include Datapipe and Yahoo! Japan subsidiary, IDC Frontier. ePlus and Trifork act as resellers of Riak to help expand our global reach.
Finally, Gazzang helps to ensure that your Riak environment is secure and meets all regulations related to sensitive information.
May 14, 2013
We hope you all enjoyed the first day of RICON East. There were some great talks yesterday and we’re looking forward to even more today. As a reminder, all of the talks are being live streamed here, just in case you weren’t able to get your ticket in time.
We wanted to give a quick shout out to all of the great sponsors of RICON East this year. This conference would not be possible without them. A big thank you to Fastly, Meraki, Engine Yard, SoftLayer, NoSQL Weekly, OmniTI, Erlang Solutions, Github, and GoFactory for all of your help!
We also just announced the date and location for RICON West, happening October 29-30th at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Full conference details are available at the official conference RICON West site, and we’ve already got some great speakers announced. Tickets are available for the early bird price of $299 for a limited time. We hope to see you in October!