Basho Floats Riak CS Cloud Storage Software

By Pedro Hernandez

Basho Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup, launched new cloud storage software this week called Riak CS. Aimed at enterprises and cloud service providers, Riak CS is based on Riak, the company's open source and distributed database software, that was developed to serve as a storage foundation for both private and public clouds.

Key to winning over public cloud providers are Riak CS's multi-tenancy support and per-tenant usage and network I/O statistics. For businesses like telcos, hosting companies and IaaS providers seeking to deliver -- and bill for -- cloud storage, the features go hand-in-hand. Riak CS's Reporting API can anchor billing systems plugins and help with accounting, subscriptions, chargebacks or monitoring multi-department utilization, said Basho.

The company is positioning its offering as a low-cost, low-latency distributed object storage platform. According to the company, its simple object storage technology can handle 5 GB per object, plus metadata.

By applying this model, businesses are given the flexibility to store and retrieve a wide spectrum of data types, says Basho. These can include anything from images, videos and documents to database backups and software binaries.

Riak CS offers Amazon S3 compatibility via an "S3-equivalent" API, hoping to lure businesses and startups looking for a cloud storage platform on which to deliver new web services. The company also envisions that enterprises will jump on the ability to use already-familiar S3-enabled tools and frameworks or to simply "import and extract Amazon data."

Matt Aslett, the research manager of data management and analytics at 451 Research, agreed. Riak CS's features should prove attractive for businesses that want private clouds with the data management capabilities of public cloud, he said.

"Simple object storage has become one for the core services driving adoption of public cloud platforms and we have already seen an expression of interest in the potential of Riak CS to supply similar capabilities for private clouds from our client base prior to its official release," says Aslett. "We expect to see more given its core functionality and compatibility with the Amazon S3 API," he added in a company statement.

Basho's CEO, Don Rippert feels that the public cloud-friendly attributes of Riak CS add up to platform that addresses a storage challenge that has emerged as a big deal lately, namely Big Data.

"Communication providers and cloud operators around the world are building out highly scalable public cloud computing infrastructure with aggressive economics and offering a variety of service levels," said Rippert. He added, "We anticipate that large enterprises will also seek similar technology to deploy behind-the-firewall to handle dynamic workloads and meet emerging Big Data requirements throughout their organizations."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the Internet.com network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on March 29, 2012