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With Integrated Big Data Stack, Basho Could be on Right Path

Basho, a database and big data company may be charting a smooth path going forward under its new CEO, Adam Wray, according to Forbes.

In an article published Wednesday (May 27, Forbes noted that the company is debuting a reworked and rebranded platform – which, while previously marked by a standalone database, now offers a platform that features the ability to integrate with a number of different databases and solutions, ranging from analytics to storage, from the company’s own NoSQL database to Pivotal to Apache Spark.

In an interview with Datanami also published Wednesday, Peter Coppolo, vice president of product development and marketing said “People who are deploying Spark usually deploy Zookeeper to help with the cluster management. But if you know folks who have deployed Spark, they’ll tell you that Zookeeper is a real pain for them. It has real issues, it falls over, things like that. So we have built-in capabilities within the enterprise version of the Data Platform that that offers that leader-election in a transparent way, so you don’t change Spark in anyway, and so you don’t have to deploy Zookeeper.”

Through such integrative efforts, Basho can offer cluster sync (sans Zookeeper), integrated caching, full text search functionality, and optimized operational functions. In addition, there is also data replication, which helps ensure against loss due to any number of failures whether local or systemwide.

Manual work is involved, to be sure, notes Forbes, especially as big data is being deployed in a production setting. Yet the approach is “diametrically opposed,” says the business publication, to piecemeal approaches that have been the hallmark of companies such as Amazon Web Services.

That may appeal to smaller companies lacking the organizational experience, or resources, to cobble such disparate service offerings together.

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