October 15, 2015

Basho and Riak

Basho was on my (very short) blacklist of companies with whom I refuse to speak, because they have lied about the contents of previous conversations. But Tony Falco et al. are long gone from the company. So when Basho’s new management team reached out, I took the meeting.

For starters:

Basho’s product line has gotten a bit confusing, but as best I understand things the story is:

Technical notes on some of that include: 

Finally, notes on what Basho sees as use cases and competition include:


One Response to “Basho and Riak”

  1. clive boulton on January 6th, 2021 6:29 am

    An excellent reprise of Basho and Riak in 2015. By 2018 Basho filed for insolvency and Bet365 picked up Riak assets, including doc and code. Bet365 did a nice job inviting the community to comment on how to proceed with fully open sourcing Riak. https://bet365techblog.com/riak-update

    Which brings me to my real point.

    Many of the post BigTable/DynamoDB databases are now under the umbrella of The Linux Foundation – Apache and Hyperledger gardens.

    Does this mean the database market has returned to its pre-SQL era roots. Where commercial firms such as ‘American Can’ incubated DBMS before spinning them out as business software companies. Examples: AMaps, Bpcs, Cullinet; generally these became MRP/ERP app suite vendors.

    Thus Amazon, Facebook, Google might eventually spin out. DynamoDB, Cassandra, Spanner as cloud application databases, repeating the DBMS for apps platform cycle?

    Curt, love to get your thoughts…

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