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Q&A: Interview with Peter Coppola (@pbcoppola) from @Basho Talking About #Riak 2.0

Basho's distributed database and cloud storage software are being used by fast growing Web businesses to power their critical Web, mobile and social applications, as well as their public and private cloud platforms.  The company just announced a new enterprise version of Riak, its NoSQL database, reaching version 2.0.  To find out more, I met with Peter Coppola, the company's VP of Product.

VMblog:  Basho recently launched Riak 2.0. Can you give us a little background on Riak?

Peter Coppola:  Riak is a leading NoSQL database for customers looking to use a key/value store at scale. It is a horizontal technology, meaning it is used by a variety of industries and because key/value stores are flexible it is used for many use cases. It is used in particular by fast growing Web businesses and medium to large enterprises including a third of Fortune 50 companies to power their Web, mobile, social and Internet of Things (IOT) applications on public, private and hybrid clouds.

Riak is available in two flavors - open source and a version with commercial support for enterprises. We are big believers in the open source model - working with a community to develop and release software; however, given our large enterprise customer base, we want to ensure that they have the support and capabilities that address enterprise use cases with global access needs. Riak Enterprise includes multi-datacenter replication to enable distributed workloads on a global scale, monitoring and 24/7 support.

VMblog:  What are the updates included in Riak 2.0?

Coppola:  Riak 2.0 marks a milestone. In creating 2.0, everyone in the organization kept the main goal in mind: to create the most advanced NoSQL database. Riak 2.0 enhances usability and broadens relational functionality so enterprise application developers can develop highly available, scalable applications faster. We've integrated Apache Solr search, as well as added significant enhancements to consistency, security and configuration management.

Search is an important update in Riak 2.0. We previously had an in-house solution for search, but have made a larger investment in integrating a popular open source platform that has broad industry support and customer acceptance. By leveraging the Apache Solr engine we offer a full-featured search capability and have enabled integration with a wider variety of existing software and commercial solutions.

We've also included support for a whole new set of built in data types. These cutting edge data types are known as convergent replicated data types (CRDT) and enable the tracking of operations like Create, Read, Update and Delete in an eventually consistent environment. New Riak data types include: sets, flags, registers, and maps.

VMblog:  So explain if you will, what makes Riak unique?

Coppola:  There are three top reasons that we get from customers.

First, we are one of only a couple of NoSQL platforms that can operate at global scale and with high availability. Rovio, creator of one of the world's most popular mobile games, Angry Birds, turned to Riak to enable them to maintain service levels in the face of spiraling global user growth.

Second, we operate at scale without huge operational overhead. Unlike other solutions we scale linearly and the platform automatically redistributes data as you scale (up or down) by adding or removing hardware.

Third, and this is becoming more important every day, is that there are now many NoSQL options to solve different problems. We have moved past being a point solution and are able to address many different use cases with key/value, plus we have object storage that sits on top of it, and tightly integrated search. We are in a good position to address multiple use cases and applications in the same organization. Customers are telling us they want vendor solutions that will grow with them.

VMblog:  What comes next for Basho?

Coppola:  As I mentioned, Riak 2.0 was an important product milestone and we will continue to deliver product updates on a monthly basis. We recently introduced Riak CS 1.5, which added Amazon S3 compatibility, performance improvements, simplified admin controls and increased scalability to our object storage offering. One of our recent customer wins was the National Health Service, also knows as the NHS, in the United Kingdom. NHS recently revamped Spine, the electronic backbone of the organization, to create a scalable, resilient and flexible system that could also lead to cost-savings. Riak Enterprise is part of the new deployment. This new Spine deployment will help improve overall patient care in the UK. Our roadmap is focused on future innovation for customers like NHS. We will continue to enable more use cases and enhance scalability, while ensuring ease of operations. 

Next is RICON 2014 - an annual distributed systems conference we host. RICON was held in the past as two separate East and West events but this year we wanted to unify it into one, larger conference. This is the first time we will be holding RICON in Las Vegas, and we have an agenda with training, developer and operations focused sessions from academia and industry experts. There will also, of course, be parties filled with opportunities to meet others in the distributed systems community. RICON has always been a gathering of distributed systems experts, and this year will be no different. It will feature several big name keynotes.


Thanks again to Peter Coppola, VP of Product at Basho, for taking time out to speak with

Published Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:46 AM by David Marshall
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