Riak expands business into the Asian marketplace.
CAMBRIDGE, MA and TOKYO, JAPAN – September 27, 2012 – Riak Technologies,
the worldwide leader in distributed database and cloud storage software, announced today the inauguration of its Japanese business operations, Riak Japan KK, and the opening of its Tokyo Office.
The commencement of Riak Japan follows the strategic business partnership formed between Riak and Yahoo! JAPAN and its subsidiary, IDC Frontier on July 17, 2012. The partnership, which includes a strategic financial investment in Riak by IDC Frontier, is geared to accelerating Riak’s expansion into the Japanese market. Both Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier also committed to deploy Riak’s technology in their platforms. Under the partnership, Yahoo! JAPAN will use Riak, Riak’s NoSQL distributed database, within its various service offerings and IDC Frontier will use Riak CS, Riak’s Cloud Storage product, throughout its large footprint of data centers. IDC Frontier plans to offer a new service using Riak EnterpriseDS, which comes with advanced features, services and support.
At a private seminar hosted by IDC Frontier earlier today in Tokyo, Riak’s CEO Don Rippert, commented: “The opening of Riak Tokyo reflects our confidence that businesses throughout Japan will increasingly seek to build applications that require next generation NoSQL database and cloud storage technology to meet growing customer expectations for Web, mobile, social and cloud performance. We built Riak from the ground up to support distributed, elastic, cloud architectures, including an advanced built-in multi-data center replication capability. As evidenced by our strategic partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN and IDC Frontier, which represent two of the leading search and data center providers in Japan, Riak is an important foundational component for the next generation of infrastructure.”
Riak Japan’s Tokyo Office is located at NK7 Building 3rd Floor 2-9. Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku and is headed by Mr. Sam Takagi. Prior to joining Riak, Mr. Takagi served as Sales Director for Joyent and General Manager Japan for On2 Technologies, acquired by Google.
Riak’s expansion into Japan follows the recent launch of its European operation and the company’s London Office in June 2012.
Mr. Sam Takagi, General Manager, Asia Pacific and President, Riak Japan KK
Mr. Takagi said, “The commencement of Riak Japan demonstrates a significant commitment to actively engage and support a vibrant community of Riak users and customers throughout Japan. We will work hard to provide local support and services that help Japanese businesses quickly design and deploy Riak and Riak CS to both maximize their next generation applications and meet their cloud infrastructure requirements.”
Mr. Yutaka Shinto, President and CEO of IDC Frontier
Mr. Shinto commented: “The launch of Riak Japan underscores Riak’s effort to be a market product and service provider in Japan. We are excited to support customer deployments of Riak throughout our data center infrastructure. Further, we continue to work with Riak to enhance our cloud infrastructure, which will offer customers new cloud storage benefits, such as availability and reliability, as well as cost advantages.”
Kenji Rikitake, Professor at Kyoto University and Professional Internet Engineer
On Riak and the technology industry, Mr. Rikitake said: “Riak Technologies has been taking a leadership role on building a fault-tolerant, extendable, and affordable distributed systems. Riak has already become a standard among large-scale cloud service companies, and has gained strong support by the active open-source community. I believe Riak will continue to play an even more important role on maintaining the essential resiliency and robustness for providing massive data required by the future applications on the Internet.”
About Riak Japan
Launched September 2012, Riak Japan KK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Riak Technologies. Riak Japan provides sales and services to support the growth of Riak and Riak CS throughout Japan. For more information, visit http://www.basho.co.jp.
About Riak Technologies
Riak Technologies is the leader in highly-available, distributed database technologies used to power scalable, data-intensive Web, mobile, social, and ecommerce applications and large cloud computing platforms. Riak customers, including fast-growing Web businesses and large Fortune 500 enterprises, use Riak™ to implement content delivery platforms and global session stores, to aggregate large amounts of data for logging, search, and analytics, to manage, store and stream unstructured data, and to build scalable cloud computing platforms.
Riak is available open source for download at www.riak.com/resources/downloads. Riak™ EnterpriseDS is available with advanced replication, services and 24/7 support. Riak™ CS enables multi-tenant object storage with advanced reporting and an Amazon S3 compatible API. For more information visit www.riak.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/basho.