Press Release

SoftLayer & Basho Partner for High-Performance, Scalable Riak In The Cloud

Turnkey Big Data Environments Available Across SoftLayer’s Global Infrastructure

Dallas, TX and Cambridge, MA—April 30, 2013—Basho and  SoftLayer Technologies today announced the availability of Riak and Riak Enterprise on SoftLayer’s global cloud platform. The integrated solution provides the availability, fault tolerance, operational simplicity, and scalability of Riak combined with the flexibility, performance, and agility of SoftLayer’s on-demand infrastructure.

SoftLayer and Basho have collaborated to make Riak—an open source, distributed database—deployment more accessible and flexible through a pay-as-you-go service model. This Riak hosting solution enables organizations to swiftly deploy scalable production-grade systems, accelerating the speed of deployment of big data applications and providing greater business agility. Organizations can design and deploy a complete big data hosting solution through SoftLayer’s Web-based Solution Designer, with ongoing management and provisioning available via the company’s portal, mobile apps and API.

Common use cases for Riak include fault-tolerant, low-latency storage for content, user and session information, mobile data, log files, JSON/XML documents, and more. For customers that require replication of clusters between multiple data centers, Riak Enterprise is available and also adds extended monitoring and 24x7 support. Customers use multi-datacenter replication, in two or more sites, to serve global traffic, maintain active backups, run secondary analytics clusters, or meet disaster recovery and regulatory compliance requirements.

“Customer demand for easy-to-deploy and manage big data cloud-based solutions continues to rise,” says Duke Skarda, CTO of SoftLayer. “We are seeing substantial adoption through joint customers, such as Bump. Our platform was built specifically to support the kind of Web-scale distributed applications that big data exemplifies, and our partnership with Basho is further validation of our commitment to deliver a complete suite of scalable, high-performance big data solutions.”

“Basho and SoftLayer have long catered to innovative developers building the next generation of web, social and mobile applications. Today, enterprise customers are demanding the same, an architecture that provides for zero-data loss and delivers zero-downtime,” says Bobby Patrick, executive vice president and CMO of Basho. “We believe distributed systems software, such as Riak, and distributed infrastructure is required to help customers truly achieve these ambitions. Basho is excited to partner with SoftLayer to help companies easily deploy applications that are truly distributed, scalable, and always available.”

Bump is one of the most popular mobile apps on the market today. The app makes it easy for users to share their contact information, photos, and other objects by simply “bumping” their smartphones. Bump uses Riak to store user data including events, communications sent and received, handset information and authentication tokens.

“Operational ease is key to our business success,” says Mark Smith, Operations Lead at Bump. “The combination of SoftLayer, who we already trust with our business and data, and Basho, who makes the database that we trust at scale, saves us time and effort and allows us to focus on our business, not our data infrastructure.”

Features & Benefits

  • Web-based SoftLayer Solution Designer makes it easy to configure and deploy Riak environments on demand and at the click of a button.
  • High performance and superior availability and scalability leveraging the broadest cloud infrastructure platform in the industry including dedicated bare metal servers and a broad range of storage options.
  • Global private network allows for high-speed, secure replication between clusters 
  • Optimized infrastructure and best-practice deployments based on joint insights, expertise, and experience from SoftLayer and Basho.
  • Pay-as-you-go model provides the flexibility of monthly or annual billing and no long-term contracts.

SoftLayer, an IBM Company

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management, 13 data centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please visit softlayer.com.

Contact:
Andre Fuochi
Director, Corporate Communications
469.394.7274
afuochi@softlayer.com

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 NoSQL database, Riak and Basho's cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by fast growing Web businesses and by over 25 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 24x7 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.