You say goodbye and I say hello

Newly repopulated Basho partners with Talend

Lucy Carey
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Riak vendors may have shed a CEO, CTO and Chief Architect this year, but the NoSQL company is still making friends in the space.

Erlang-coded key/value data store Riak has always stood out
in the NoSQL space, drawing in clients looking for a scalable,
highly-interactive option for their critical data. This year
however, the company has hit the headlines for other reasons
following the resignation of its CEO, CTO and Chief Architect
within the space of three
months
.

In spite of this domino-like secession of
senior staff
, Basho has been unwavering in its campaign to
conquer the distributed systems market. To this end, the company
announced today that they are forming a partnership with global
integration software big guns Talend, who will be working with the
company to address “business pain points around migrating data from
relational to NoSQL databases.”

We spoke to Basho  EMEA Marketing Director
Jeremy Hill for the full story on this new venture, as well an
update on staff comings and goings, and the latest from the NoSQL
beat.

JAX: What are the biggest issues
customers face when shifting from relational to non-relational
databases in your opinion?

Hill: One of the biggest challenges we
see customers facing when shifting from a relational to
non-relational databases is the realization that they
have to think about their data in a slightly different way. With
relational databases, customers are used to doing things like
sharding (breaking up the database into separate areas) in order to
achieve scalability and reliability.

Now, scalability and reliability are at the core of
their database and IT teams have to shift away from traditional
thinking to understand how to put this to the best use. As in all
areas, change can be daunting, so we work closely with customers to
help them with this, as well as understand the new capabilities and
the benefits it offers.  

Why did Basho choose to partner with Talend
specifically?

Talend is extremely skilled in understanding the
issues associated with migrating data from relational to
non-relational databases and that’s an important part of what we
do.  Non-relational databases can be very beneficial for many
of our customers and we want them to be able to make the change
without extra strain on their resources. The combination of Riak
with Talend’s technology eases the process for our customers and
that’s a huge benefit for all parties involved.

Is forming more strategic partnerships part of
Basho’s strategy going forward? What areas will these be
in?

Strategic partnerships have always been a part of our
general strategy and you can expect to see more being announced
this year. Now that we’ve have a solid technical foundation with
Riak, Basho is going to become more and more business focused as
time goes on. We want to form lasting relationships with our
customers throughout all of our key verticals such as the
telecommunications, gaming, healthcare, and financial sectors.

How have the design goals of Riak evolved over
time, and do you see them shifting in the future?

Riak was designed from the ground up as a distributed
system and while the core of the product hasn’t changed, it has
evolved with our customer needs. For example, with Riak 2.0, we’ll
be introducing full text search integration with Apache Solr to
allow customers to more easily search and integrate data. We don’t
expect the design goals to change significantly, but as we become
more focused on our customers’ needs, Riak will grow
accordingly.

What do you see happening with the NoSQL
market in the next three years – do you think Riak will become more
widely adopted?

We are already seeing wider adoption of Riak as a result
of the scalability, flexibility and reliability it offers.
 We’ve had some great use cases this past year where
organizations have seen the benefits Riak has
offered other customers in their sectors and signed on.
 

For example, the NHS saw the effective way the Danish
Health Authority is using Riak to support its national health card
system and decided to deploy it across the whole of the
organisation. As more and more CIOs realize the pressing need to
scale to manage ever-increasing data loads, we expect that our
adoption rate will continue to increase.

Basho has replaced three key staff
members in the past three months. What impact has this had on the
company roadmap?

First and foremost, Basho has and will continue to
focus on developing enterprise products that meet the evolving
needs of our customers. We have positive momentum in the industry
and will leverage this with our new, exciting leadership team.

Adam Wray (CEO) and Dave McCrory (CTO) bring extensive
experience in developing enterprise-ready technology and building
successful businesses, furthering our goal of delivering disruptive
solutions that drive massive development, and operational
efficiencies for the largest and most critical data management
challenges.

Our new leadership team will help grow Basho’s
presence across enterprises worldwide, by bringing a new strategic
focus and credibility to the company.

How do you think your new exec team’s
backgrounds will influence the future trajectory of
Basho?

Adam Wray, our new CEO, and Dave McCrory, CTO, both
come to Basho with extensive technology backgrounds. Adam is
bringing more than 20 years of relevant experience and a deep
business and technical background to Basho, including time as the
president and CEO of Tier 3.

He has a proven track record of driving business
growth for companies at different life cycles and has consistently
delivered as a successful leader. He is a great fit for Basho,
given where we are in our period of growth, and will help us get to
the next stage in becoming the database and object storage product
of choice for enterprises worldwide.

Dave joins Basho from his role as SVP of engineering
at Warner Music Group and he is a seasoned executive with extensive
experience in the cloud and virtualization industries as well as a
deep understanding of building open source technology for
enterprises.

His expertise will enable us to evolve our current
products to meet the ever changing needs of our customers –
especially as industry trends like real-time systems, the Internet
of Things, mobility, and big data continue to impact our customers’
bottom lines.

You may also know him from his invention of the term
“Data Gravity,” which states that as data accumulates, there is a
greater likelihood that additional services and applications will
be attracted to this data and add to it.

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