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Tom Santero, Technical Evangelist for Basho

Tom Santero

Biography: Tom Santero

Tom Santero is a Technical Evangelist for Basho Technologies, creators of the open-source distributed database Riak. In this role, Tom spends his time educating engineers and architects on all things Riak. Prior to joining Basho, he spent several years in the finance industry in equity sales and trading. Passionate about open-source software and technology, Tom has been programming for over a decade and in his spare time can be found building automated trading systems.

Twitter: @tsantero

Presentation: Latency and Distributed Systems

Track: Cool Companies / Time: Tuesday 13:20 - 14:10 / Location: Administratiezaal

Everything is distributed. Any engineer building a system that's running in production needs be aware that she is relying on a series of components, services, and processes that need to work together to deliver data to end users. This is not easy, and the tools you pick to deploy will impact greatly your ability to win users and increase revenue.

Riak is an open source, distributed database being used by companies like Comcast, AT&T, and GitHub in production. Like any database, it comes with a specfic set of tradeoffs that make it suitable for a certain set of applications. In this talk, Tom will discuss Riak and the constraints in dealing with concurrency and availability in distributed systems, with special attention paid to latencies and how design decisions effect the experience of your end users.