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SoftLayer & Basho Enter the Big Data Game Together

SoftLayer says easy-to-deploy and manage Big Data cloud-based solutions are in demand

SoftLayer, which is said to be the largest privately held Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider in the world and with 13 data centers and multiple global points of presence is neither Google or Amazon nor some two-bit start-up - has tied up with Basho - which we always thought was named for the early 18th century Japanese poet - to create turnkey, on-demand Big Data solutions using Basho's distributed, open source NoSQL database Riak.

They've just started peddling an integrated cloud-based offering called by the tortured name SoftLayer Big Data Solution: Riak, which can be purchased on a simplified pay-as-you-go basis and quickly provisioned as complete solutions via SoftLayer's portal or API to hasten deployment of Big Data applications.

The stuff is all supposed to be production-grade and scalable, engineered for Riak users looking to run optimized hardware and OS configurations, with automated deployment of multi-data center fault-tolerant clusters, and integrated monitoring and cloud support.

SoftLayer says easy-to-deploy and manage Big Data cloud-based solutions are in demand. Users also want an architecture that means zero-data loss and ensures zero-downtime, according to Bobby Patrick, Basho's CMO.

Riak + SoftLayer provide the tools to create and configure customized Riak clusters at the push of a button. Deployment is standardized to reduce the risk of human error. The pre-engineered systems on offer, including dedicated bare metal servers, are optimized for running Riak.

Bump, which is supposed to be one of the most popular mobile apps on the market today, is using the stuff. It lets people share their contact information, photos and other objects simply by "bumping" their smartphones together.

Bump runs on SoftLayer's infrastructure and uses Riak to store user data like events, communications sent and received, handset information and the authentication tokens needed to use social networks.

Basho says operational ease is key to its success.

SoftLayer's Riak solutions start at $359 a month for a Xeon 1270 server with 8GB of RAM and two 500GB SATA drives. Riak Enterprise runs $600 a server a month or $6,000 a year.

The fine print in the deal says customers have to run five servers by default for Riak redundancy and replication, and can't ever use fewer than three.

Basho's distributed NoSQL database and its cloud storage software, Riak CS, are used by web 2.0 businesses and over 25% of the Fortune 50 to power their critical web, mobile and social apps and their public and private cloud platforms.

Riak and Riak CS are available open source. Riak Enterprise and Riak CS Enterprise offer enhanced multi-datacenter replication and 24x7 Basho support.

SoftLayer has 100,000 devices under management.

Figure on using CentOS.

Basho is supposed to provide first-line support.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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