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Basho Technologies

November 08, 2011 08:00 ET

David Smith Named Erlang User of the Year by Erlang Solutions, Ltd.

Basho Technologies Director of Engineering Garners Top Honor for Contribution of Open-Source Rebar Project to the Erlang Community

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - Basho Technologies, the leading provider of distributed database software and solutions, announced that Dave "Dizzy" Smith, Basho's Director of Engineering, was named "Erlang User of the Year" by Erlang Solutions, Ltd., the premier commercial entity behind the Erlang development language.

"We are thrilled that a member of the Basho team has been named Erlang User of the Year," said Don Rippert, CEO of Basho Technologies. "Basho chose to write its software in Erlang due to its strong stability, scalability and ability to easily handle distributed workloads. This award makes an unequivocal statement about the talent and vision we have on the Basho team. We have committed to hire the best, the brightest and the most creative engineers in the industry. Dizzy typifies that commitment."

Named User of the Year for his continuous support and development of the Erlang language, Smith also received recognition for his leadership role in the wider Erlang community. In addition, Smith made major open source code contributions to the Erlang community, including Rebar, a build tool for Erlang projects. Rebar is used by many developers and companies in order to streamline the process of creating and managing projects written in Erlang.

"As more and more projects and companies like Basho's Riak, CouchBase and RabbitMQ develop in Erlang, we need great open source tools like Rebar and great developers like Dizzy," said Francesco Cesarini, Founder and Technical Director of Erlang Solutions, Ltd. "Basho has worked hard to assemble the best team of distributed systems engineers and Erlang developers around and it shows in their products and the sheer volume of quality code they open source."

"I am honored to see Rebar recognized as a useful addition to the Erlang community," said Smith. "As a staunch supporter of Erlang, I hope Rebar will attract more developers to the language. Erlang has been a great choice for Riak and I expect we will see more and more ground breaking and innovative software projects using Erlang in the future."

About Basho Technologies
Basho Technologies, Inc., founded in 2008 by a core group of software architects, engineers, and executive leadership from Akamai Technologies, Inc., has offices in San Francisco, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Reston, Virginia. Basho's flagship solution, Riak, is a distributed data store that combines extreme fault tolerance, rapid scalability, and ease of use to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding Big Data management and storage software market. Designed from the ground up to work with applications that run on the Internet and mobile networks, Riak is particularly well-suited for users of cloud infrastructure such as Amazon's AWS and Joyent's Smart platform and is available in both an open source and a paid commercial version. For more information about Basho or Riak visit

About Erlang Solutions, Ltd.
Erlang Solutions specializes in supporting businesses with the creation, integration, delivery and lifetime support of products and services based on the Erlang programming language, from small developers to Fortune 500 corporations. Unlike other software services companies Erlang Solutions is the only company of its kind totally focused on Erlang and the Erlang community, offering industry-leading research, development, training and worldwide support for businesses using Erlang.

Erlang Solutions helps its customers to realize the potential of Erlang-based solutions, with all the inherent benefits of the low lifetime cost, extreme reliability and scalability, which Erlang offers. Erlang Solutions has offices in London, Stockholm and Krakow.

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