My Year of Riak

“Startups often ask my opinion on databases for their new application. In the past year we’ve launched a big CouchDB-based application, and we’ve helped build, a Riak-based facebook app (but not yet launched). We’ve also helped launch, an Amazon SimpleDB based application. Each of these has been an opportunity to further develop my philosophy about what makes a good database for a website or mobile app, and when to choose each one. I have a separate series coming on database tradeoffs but since there isn’t that much information on Riak out in the wild yet, I will start by profiling my thoughts on the database. These are my opinions and thoughts after a bit more than a year of using it at Inaka…”

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