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If proof were needed that open source technology has extended from its hobbyist roots to high-end enterprise-level environments, then the distributed data space should surely be taken as the benchmark and proof point.
While Hadoop deployments supporting data-intensive distributed applications remain among the more specialised and advanced, commercially supported vendor touchpoints to the open source project have blossomed since the turn of the decade with Pentaho, Splunk and Microsoft’s HDInsight Hadoop distribution all among the pack.
Moving on from Hadoop, the most recent star to shine among the enterprise open source data firmament is Basho Technologies.
The company’s mission to create the Riak high-availability, low-latency database is driven by its Riak CS storage software, which integrates with Amazon Web Services S3 storage services - and just last month Basho open-sourced Riak CS under the Apache 2 licence.
The Riak-distributed high performance database is marked out for its linear scalability and decentralised architecture. Its multi-tenancy and per-user reporting functions also help it win fans in both the cloud and wider datacentre market.
Basho isn’t stupid of course. Riak Enterprise remains proprietary and the firm does not open-source the software’s capabilities to run across multiple datacentres; this would obviously be on open distributed data step too far.
"Our customers have deployed Riak CS as the object storage engine inside popular cloud computing platforms, including Apache CloudStack and OpenStack. By open-sourcing Riak CS, we are making it easier for users to experiment with and test Riak CS, to provide rapid product feedback, and to contribute to its future capabilities,” said Greg Collins, president and CEO, Basho.
Looking ahead, Basho’s confidence in being able to advance Riak CS via the open source model has come from somewhere and we don’t have to look too far to find where. The open-sourcing of Riak CS comes somewhat predictably in some senses ie OpenStack and CloudStack have created such reverberating waves across the open cloud data landscape, the very suggestion of a "locked-down route to enterprise cloud" is starting to sound like anathema.