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Co-Founder of Breather Speaks at RICON East

June 25, 2013

Alex Payne, CTO and Co-Founder of Breather, spoke at RICON East. His talk, “Nobody Ever Got Fired for Picking Java: Evaluating emerging programming languages for business-critical systems,” looks at how engineers have more programming languages to choose from than ever before. Thanks to mature runtimes like the JVM and CLR, and the prevalence of near-universal targets for cross-compilation like JavaScript, language development has accelerated dramatically. Additionally, modern languages can evolve from rough hobbyist projects into capable tools in a short period of time due to active open source communities.

His talk explores the landscape of new languages and provides a decision-making framework that can be used to narrow down language choices. The full talk is below:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zJIqdw19N8&w=640&h=390]

His slides are also available below:

Alex, in addition to founding Breather, also organizes the annual Emerging Languages event, which will be held for the fourth time in September 2013 as part of the Strange Loop conference in St Louis, MO. He co-authored “Programming Scala” for O’Reilly and has spoken at conferences worldwide on using cutting-edge languages for real world work. Alex was previously CTO of online banking startup, Simple, and before that, Platform Lead and an Infrastructure Engineer at Twitter.

Tickets for RICON West (Oct. 29-30th in San Francisco) are now available.


Turner Broadcasting System at RICON East

June 20, 2013

At RICON East, Basho’s developer conference, we had dozens of speakers discussing distributed systems in production. These speakers included academics and developers from all different industries.

Brian Akins, Senior Principal Architect at Turner Broadcasting, spoke on “Large Scale Data Service as a Service,” and discussed the challenges Turner faced serving data to millions of clients over HTTP for several large sites (including CNN.com and NBA.com).

Brian’s talk goes into the general architecture at Turner, the growing pains they went through, and why they ultimately decided on Riak. He also goes into details about how Riak is being used to power large events at Turner, such as the presidential election, CNN Breaking News videos, and March Madness. You can watch his talk below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ9giBXaaKY&w=640&h=390]

His slides are also available below:

For more videos from RICON East, check out the RICON East Archive. Tickets for RICON West (Oct. 29-30th in San Francisco) are also now available.


Resources for Retailers

June 13, 2013

Riak is a highly available, low-latency database for retailers that need to provide always-on eCommerce and mobile channel services. Riak offers a number of key technical benefits for retailers including a highly available experience for shoppers, the ability to scale to peak loads during major holidays with low operational costs, and global data locality for a low-latency experience for shoppers all over the world.

For retailers that want to learn about the advantages of Riak, we have put together some resources that showcase how other retailers are using Riak. Below are some of the highlights:

  • The “Retail on Riak” whitepaper looks at how Riak can be used for common retail needs, such as powering shopping carts and product catalogs.
  • Riak’s architecture has helped Best Buy build and operate its new platform, with Riak playing a key role. To learn more about why Riak was selected, check out this video from RICON 2012.
  • ideeli, a flash shopping site, uses Riak to provide a reliable and available persistent cache. More information can be found in their case study.
  • Copious is a social commerce marketplace that uses Riak to handle user authentication via Facebook or Twitter accounts. For more details on their polyglot data store, check out their case study and video from their Co-Founder.
  • Shopzilla has both a case study and video that highlights how they use Riak to power their keyword and scrapbook data services.
  • On our blog, you can find slides from the Retail on Riak webcast, the benefits Riak offers retailers, examples of Riak in production, and how to start building retail applications in Riak.

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.


Resources for Advertisers

June 12, 2013

Riak can be the perfect solution for advertising platforms because its redundant, fault-tolerant design ensures that advertisers can serve their data reliably and quickly. Riak is also built for operational simplicity at scale, making it easy for advertisers to quickly grow to meet peak loads.

We have put together a number of resources for advertisers who are evaluating Riak. Below are some of the highlights:

  • The “Advertising on Riak” whitepaper provides an overview on how Riak can be used by advertising services and platforms.
  • OpenX, an ad platform that serves over four trillion ads each year, has a video about why they selected Riak and how they use it to store user and trafficking data.
  • Velti, a mobile marketing and advertising technology provider, uses Riak to provide high availability and scalability for their interactive subscriber service. Their case study goes into more detail about the process of moving to Riak.
  • The Basho Docs site discusses common ways to model advertising data within Riak’s key/value structure.
  • This blog post looks at some advantages and popular use cases of Riak in advertising.

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.


Resources for Mobile

June 11, 2013

Mobile platforms and applications need to provide low-latency user experiences that can scale quickly and support highly concurrent user access. That is why so many mobile applications have selected Riak to handle their data.

To see if Riak is a fit for your mobile use case, we have put together a number of resources that showcase how mobile companies are using Riak to solve a variety of challenges. Below are some highlights:

  • The “Mobile on Riak” whitepaper provides a technical introduction of Riak, specifically for mobile needs.
  • Voxer has both a case study and a video that look at how they use Riak to support their massive, sudden growth.
  • Bump, one of the most popular mobile apps, has a case study that looks at why they chose Riak to store their user data, and a video that goes into more details about their data model.
  • Comcast uses Riak as the primary datastore for their “Highly-Available Object Storage System,” which is used by their mobile applications and websites. More details can be found in their case study and from their talk at RICON 2012.
  • OmniTI uses Riak to power the mobile rewards provider, Viggle.
  • On our blog, there are posts on the advantages of Riak for mobile and how to build mobile applications with Riak.

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.


Resources for Gaming Platforms and Applications

June 6, 2013

For gaming platforms and applications, Riak can be the ideal data solution. Its scalability allows for rapid growth of player data, the low-latency design allows for a fast and reliable experience for players all over the world, and its flexible data model means there are no restrictions on content type and no need to change the underlying schema.

To see if Riak is a fit for your gaming use case, we have put together a number of resources that showcase how Riak is solving gaming data challenges across multiple companies. Below are some highlights:

For a complete list of resources, visit our Resources Page.


Check Out the New Resources Page

May 29, 2013

On our site, you may have noticed a new addition, the Resources Page. On this page, you can download or watch the latest content related to Riak, Riak CS, partnerships, key users, and the most popular verticals (such as Gaming, Retail, Advertising, and Mobile).

If you’re looking for whitepapers, case studies, videos, docs, slides, or webcasts, this is the place to find them. It will be continuously updated with up-to-date resources about Basho. Below is a glimpse at what you can find on the Resources Page.

  • Sign up for our upcoming webcast on May 31st
  • Get Riak CS up and running quickly by following our Fast Track documentation
  • Learn how to launch Riak quickly via our hosting partners: AWS, Azure, Engine Yard, SoftLayer, and Joyent
  • Watch Angry Birds developer, Rovio, speak on how they use Riak
  • Read about how Copious uses Riak for their eCommerce marketplace
  • Learn how to model advertising data using a key/value structure
  • Download the technical introduction to Riak specifically for mobile applications and platforms

We hope you enjoy exploring our new Resources Page! As you’re evaluating Riak as your database solution, remember to contact us with any questions.


Google I/O Panel on Distributed Databases

May 21, 2013

Last week at Google I/O, Google’s popular developer conference, Tyler Hannan of Basho was invited to speak on a panel entitled, “Distributed Databases Panel: An Exploration of Approaches and Best Practices.”

During this talk, Tyler and other panelists discussed how modern distributed databases provide high availability, scalability, and fault-tolerance to protect critical data across all industries. In addition to Tyler, this talk featured Julia Ferraioli (Google Compute Engine), Brian Dorsey (Google Developer Relations), Chris Ramsdale (Google Cloud Platform), Mike Miller (Cloudant), and Will Shulman (MongoLab).

You can watch the entire talk below:


GDC Video: Riak at Rovio

May 6, 2013

At the Game Developers Conference this March, Basho Chief Architect Andy Gross and Rovio Entertainment Product Manager Timo Herttua co-presented a session on Riak at Rovio. Angry Birds developer Rovio is using Riak as the database supporting its new mobile gaming platform, including features such as payments, game state storage, and push notifications. The Croods game was the first to use this new platform and is now available on Android and iOS.

In this video, Andy and Timo discuss how Rovio uses Riak and the data storage requirements for today’s high-scale, high-performance gaming platforms. Topics covered include:

  • Why gaming companies are moving to NoSQL to meet changing business requirements
  • How to evaluate distributed systems and databases like Riak
  • Structuring applications for common gaming use cases
  • Setting up and optimizing Riak, with a look at how Rovio uses Riak on the Amazon cloud
  • Use cases for Riak at Rovio, including push notifications, user profiles, and game state
  • Lessons learned from running Riak in production

For more information on building gaming services with Riak, download the Riak on Gaming whitepaper. This video is also available on the GDC Vault. Enjoy!

Gaming with NoSQL from Basho Technologies on Vimeo.

Getting Started with Riak CS Control

April 17, 2013

Riak CS Control is a standalone user management interface for Riak CS, Basho’s cloud storage software. Riak CS Control provides a user interface for filtering, disabling, creating, and managing users.

To help get you started with Riak CS Control, we have put together a short video that walks you through the installation and configuration. It also goes over the basics of how to create and manage users.

For more information on Riak CS, sign up for our Riak CS Intro webcast on April 23rd or visit the Riak CS page.