Inaugural Baltimore Riak Meetup

At long last we've got an agenda and a location. The team at OmnitTi was kind enough to lend us some space in their Columbia office. They are also going to say a few words about their experience using Riak in production.

To kick things off, I'll be giving a talk on Riak, focusing on all the hotness in the imminent 1.4 release. Details below. We hope to see you next week.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mark ([masked])



Overview of Riak and the New 1.4 Release

Mark Phillips; Director of Community and Developer Evangelism, Basho

Riak 1.4 is just about official (and should be officially-official come July 18th). Highlights in this release include:

  • Improvements to Riak's Secondary Indexing Query Systems
  • Counters (!!!)
  • Updates to Riak Control, Riak's GUI
  • Dynamic Ring Sizing
  • Various updates to Riak Enterprise
  • Ongoing Solr integration work
  • Much, much more

Mark Phillips, Basho's Director of Community and Developer Evangelism, will take you through the new features and bug fixes. Riak 1.4 is the most advanced, stable release of Riak to date. You'll get details on this and why you should be running it production.



Sometimes Highly-Available Isn't Enough

Robert Treat; COO, OmniTI

Recently we were tasked with building the core API and user service for a high-traffic mobile product. As part of the project, we were given two main priorities to focus on; that we could never have downtime, and that we couldn't lose data. With those constraints, we
turned toward Riak, which provided us with a highly available, fault tolerant, easily scalable solution.

Through node failures, upgrades, and migrations, Riak held its own. When we needed features from a traditional relational database, we were still able to use Riak for
up-front write guarantees, and synched that data over to Postgres, never losing data. All in all, we're very happy with our choice to use Riak, and expect it to become a regular choice in our tool box.



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  • Mark P.

    Hi All, Thanks for attending. Here are my slides:

    I expect to see all of you at in October. Stay tuned for details on the next meetup. If anyone is interested in speaking, please ping me.

    Best ,


    July 22, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Great turnout for the inaugural meetup. I'm definitely excited about 1.4.

    I've uploaded my presentation slides in case anyone is interested:

    July 19, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Both Mark and Brian's talks were very informative. I liked hearing more about CRDT counters, and I liked hearing the scaling story that Brian told very well.

    July 19, 2013

    • Drew O.

      Yes, the CRDT counters, and the hints of more CRDT types to come was very informative. Brian's talk was great as well from a system design perspective. Always nice to see people try to make something work hard, but eventually reevaluating the decisions.

      July 19, 2013

  • Drew O.

    Mike's Riak 1.4 talk covered a lot of ground and was very useful for people not familiar with Riak.

    1 · July 18, 2013

    • Drew O.

      Mark, not Mike. Sorry Mark.

      July 19, 2013

  • J. M.

    I would have liked to be there, but "stuff happens". Next time I'll be there -- but from Drew's comment, perhaps it would not have been so valuable.

    July 18, 2013

    • Drew O.

      I think the "what is new in 1.4 section" was probably useful to experienced riak users. I just didn't mention it as it wasn't as useful to me.

      July 19, 2013

  • Shantanu S.

    I won't be able to make the first meeting but I will definitely come along for future meetings.

    June 17, 2013

  • J. M.

    The further south we can meet, the better for me; I'm in Potomac.

    Of particular interest is understanding if/how it's possible to run a Riak cluster within Amazon EC2, possibly restricting access to be from our other EC2 instances.

    June 14, 2013

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