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Migrating to Riak @Shareaholic

Hi All,

We're incredibly excited to announce the inaugural Boston Riak Meetup. This has been a long time coming, as the Boston/Cambridge area plays home to Basho HQ.

We'd like to invite you to come to our offices on Massachusetts Ave for an evening of talk about distributed systems, technology, and whatever else that may peak your interest.

Basho will be providing food and refreshments--and breaking with typical meetup traditions, food != pizza this time around. All you need to bring is yourselves, your friends and your hard questions.

The talk itself should run about 45 minutes, after which we hope you'll help consume the beer supply while getting to know other members of the Riak community as well as some of the Basho team.

Look forward to seeing you there, and thanks for being a part of Riak.




Robby Grossman, Tech Lead
Shareaholic (

Migrating to Riak @Shareaholic

Powering hundreds of thousands of clicks and shares and hundreds of millions of pageviews every month, Shareaholic found itself needing to scale up it's big data architecture. Learn why we chose Riak, what it does for us, and how we imported 100 gigabytes of data from a live Mongo database while maintaining data consistency and zero downtime. I'll discuss the things that went smoothly and the things I'd do differently next time. I'll assume a general familiarity with NoSQL data stores, but no prior knowledge of or experience with Riak.

About Robby

Robby leads tech at Shareaholic in Cambridge, MA. Before Shareaholic he was a senior developer at oneforty, which was acquired by Hubspot in August 2011. He also founded PaperPhobic, a mobile receipt tracking service, and wrote natural language processing software at Inxight, which was acquired by SAP/Business Objects in 2007. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Wheaton College and an M.L.A. in Management from Harvard University.

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  • Robby G.

    A couple folks asked for my slides from last night. I just posted them here:

    The benchmark graphs are a bit more visible than than they were last night.

    If anybody has follow-up questions you can catch me on Twitter @freerobby or email me at [masked].

    August 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great talk that was high level, but still full of useful details.

    August 31, 2012

  • Engel A. S.

    Interesting and relevant presentation and good meeting.

    August 31, 2012

  • Tom S.

    Notes for tonight's meetup:

    To get into Basho's office tonight you must dial 20 on the keypad and wait for someone will buzz you in. Then take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. Look forward to seeing everyone later tonight.

    August 30, 2012

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