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Riak KV System Properties

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NameRiak KV
DescriptionDistributed, fault tolerant key-value store
Database modelKey-value store with links between data sets and object tags for the creation of secondary indexes
DB-Engines Ranking measures the popularity of database management systems
Trend Chart
Rank#39  Overall
#3  Key-value stores
Technical documentationdocs.basho.com
DeveloperBasho Technologies
Initial release2009
Current release2.1.0, April 2015
License Commercial or Open SourceOpen Source Apache version 2, commercial enterprise edition
Cloud-based Only available as a cloud serviceno
Implementation languageErlang
Server operating systemsLinux
Data schemeschema-free
Typing predefined data types such as float or dateno
XML support Some form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.no
Secondary indexesrestricted
SQL Support of (almost entire) SQL standard (DML, DDL and DCL statements)no
APIs and other access methodsHTTP API
Native Erlang Interface
Supported programming languagesC unofficial client library
C++ unofficial client library
Clojure unofficial client library
Dart unofficial client library
Go unofficial client library
Groovy unofficial client library
Haskell unofficial client library
JavaScript unofficial client library
Lisp unofficial client library
Perl unofficial client library
Scala unofficial client library
Smalltalk unofficial client library
Server-side scripts Stored proceduresJavaScript and Erlang
Triggersyes pre-commit hooks and post-commit hooks
Partitioning methods Methods for storing different data on different nodesSharding no "single point of failure"
Replication methods Methods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesselectable replication factor
MapReduce Offers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyes
Consistency concepts Methods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemEventual Consistency
Foreign keys Referential integrityno links between data sets can be stored
Transaction concepts Support to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of datano
Concurrency Support for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability Support for making data persistentyes
User concepts Access controlno
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Specific characteristics

With a key/value design that delivers powerful – yet simple – data models for storing massive amounts of unstructured data, Riak KV is built to handle a variety of challenges facing Big Data applications that include tracking user or session information, storing connected device data and replicating data across the globe.

Riak KV automates data distribution across the cluster to achieve fast performance and robust business continuity with a masterless architecture that ensures high availability, and scales near linearly using commodity hardware so you can easily add capacity without a large operational burden. Download the Riak KV Enterprise Datasheet here.

Competitive advantages

Riak KV is a distributed NoSQL database with a key/value design and advanced local and multi-cluster replication that guarantees reads and writes even in the event of hardware failures or network partitions. Riak is masterless and continues to read and write even under network partition/failure scenarios.  Customers praise Riak for delivering as promised and its administrative ease of support. Customer testimonials and case studies can be viewed here

Typical application scenarios
  • Session Data
  • Content management
  • Messaging and chat
  • Business continuity

More information on use cases here.

Key customers

Bet365, Best Buy, Comcast, Cisco, mGage, National Health Service (U.K.), One Two Trip, OpenX, ShopKeep, TapJoy, Temetra, The Weather Channel, Workshare.  More customers and case studies here.

Market metrics

Basho drove bookings growth by 226 percent in Q2 2015 versus Q2 2014, and more than doubled bookings YTD compared to the same timeframe last year. The company also grew customer acquisitions by 50 percent over the previous quarter.

“The demand for NoSQL technologies is skyrocketing as enterprises seek to minimize the complexities and optimize the opportunities associated with the growth of unstructured data,” said Adam Wray, CEO, Basho. 

Licensing and pricing models

Riak KV is available to download free of charge under an open source license.  Basho charges for Support and Services and also for Riak KV Enterprise which includes support and multi-cluster replication.  Riak KV Enterprise includes a per node license. A breakdown of what is included in the Enterprise version of the product and what is not is available here.


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Recent citations in the news

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5 May 2016, TechCrunch

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