Riak, like so many other NoSQL/ NewSQL/ xSQL tools, was designed to be excellent… at addressing a relatively small problem. Basho (and others in the space) recognise the issue, and know that substantial enterprise adoption requires either a tool that can address a broader set of problems or better ways to plug different — individually excellent — tools together in some sort of coherent whole. Tackling both would be even better.
The Basho Data Platform is Basho’s response, and it appears to get a lot right. Spark integration, orchestration services, full-text indexing with Solr, and more.
Basho is experiencing something of a renaissance, with a (relatively) new management team, new customer wins, and some serious upgrades to Riak itself.
The challenge — and the Basho team is well aware of this — is that their competition aren’t standing still either…