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Testing Riak for Multiple Data-Center Support: A Case Study

Jim Englert (Gilt)
Sponsored Rhinelander South
Slides:   1-PDF 

In July 2013 a team from Basho joined up with a team of Gilt engineers at Gilt’s Dublin office to spend a few days testing how Riak would handle Gilt’s production traffic on the company’s main user store. Gilt’s team aimed to not simply evaluate Riak’s performance, but to prove that it could actually be implemented in production. In order to achieve this, the team put Riak in production and let production traffic prove its reliability. In this talk Jim will discuss this process, the results of this stress test, and how Gilt – one of the top eCommerce companies in the U.S. – managed to test the feature in production without outages or other interruptions. He will discuss the strategy, tools, and processes necessary to achieve this feat in just five days, and also cover Gilt’s motivation for investigating Riak. The ability to have a Riak cluster spanning multiple data centers could expand this most-critical source of data across the company’s physically separated data centers and into the cloud.

This session is sponsored by Basho Technologies

Jim Englert


Jim Englert is a Lead Software Engineer at Gilt, where he focuses on improving email- and Facebook-related initiatives and personalized shopping experiences for the company’s millions of customers. Since joining Gilt in 2010 he has helped to launch Insider, Gilt’s ground-breaking customer loyalty program; brand-new SEO initiatives; and a host of other projects. He codes primarily in Scala but also works with various front-end and user-interface technologies. Prior to joining Gilt, Jim was a software engineer at Quality Health in Jersey City, N.J. and Technology Services Group in Chicago, Ill. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Illinois in 2006.

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Jim Englert
10/31/2013 5:50am EDT

Sure thing.

Marek K Kolodziej
10/30/2013 4:30pm EDT

Would it be possible to post the slides here, like the other speakers have?


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