Basho Technologies, Inc.
700 Massachusetts Ave, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA


Basho offers both Riak, a scale-out, distributed database, and Riak CS, distributed object storage software with S3-compatibility.

Riak is a distributed database featuring a key-value store, multi-data centre replication, support for full-text search, secondary indexes and MapReduce search, multiple back-end storage engine options, an HTTP API and Protocol Buffers, and a library of client drivers and management tools. Riak is a masterless system, ensuring all nodes are created equal. There is no concept of master-slave. Simply add a commodity server to a cluster with a single command and the cluster automatically balances itself. Customers can continue to access and store data, even in the event of a hardware failure, network partition or data centre catastrophe.

To achieve high-availability and incremental scalability, Riak implements consistent hashing, v-nodes, vector clocks, gossiping and hinted handoff, read repair and anti-entropy. These capabilities enable Riak to scale in a linear and predictable fashion while also simplifying operations at any scale.

Riak CS is simple, available, distributed cloud storage software. It is built on Riak and benefits from Riak’s distributed capabilities. Riak CS allows organisations to benefit from storage capabilities similar to Amazon S3 by offering multi-tenancy, large-object storage, authentication and metering, and providing an Amazon S3-compatible API. It helps companies power public and private clouds and enable new Web-based services, such as document download services.

Riak and Riak CS are available open source. Commercial versions include additional features, such as multi-data centre replication and 24×7 support.


Riak is a distributed database that offers the following core advantages:

  • Built-in replication and multi-data centre replication
  • Incremental scalability
  • Predictable low latency
  • Flexible storage
  • Geo data locality
  • Real-time reporting and analytics
  • Operational simplicity

Riak has seen rapid adoption in many key verticals, including consumer products, healthcare, high-tech, media and entertainment, insurance, retail/e-commerce, and Web-exclusive (social, search and security). Riak is typically deployed to support strategic, customer-facing, critical-data applications where zero data loss and bulletproofing the customer experience is paramount.

Riak CS enables public and private storage clouds with added multi-tenancy, support for very large objects (including a multi-part upload feature), metering and auth, and an S3-compatible API. Telecommunications providers and cloud operators can use Riak CS to build public storage clouds competitive with Amazon S3. Large enterprises can combine Amazon S3 economics and features with enterprise-class flexibility and security by deploying Riak CS behind their firewalls.


Basho customers are seeking ultra-low latency and rapid scalability. Businesses are increasingly requesting integrated and engineered stacks, pre-engineered hardware and software-integrated solutions that offer higher performance benefits while simultaneously reducing operational costs and complexity. By partnering with Seagate, Basho is able to continue to help customers achieve these ambitions through database and cloud storage technology engineered for maximum read/write performance and tuned for specific customer use cases.


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 database, Riak and cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by fast-growing Web businesses and by over 30% 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-data centre replication and 24×7 Basho support. For more information, visit
Basho is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has offices in London, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, DC.

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