NoSQL vendor Basho restaffs executive team

Adam Wray, formerly of Tier 3, will now lead the open-source Riak database vendor

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

NoSQL database vendor Basho has restaffed its executive ranks, following a recent exodus of its CEO, chief technology officer and chief architect.

The company has appointed a new CEO, Adam Wray, as well as a new CTO, Dave McCrory, who worked with Wray on the open-source Cloud Foundry project.

Wray replaces Greg Collins, who left the CEO post in January. Former CTO Justin Sheehy announced he had moved to VMware earlier this week. Basho chief architect Andy Gross also stepped down from his post, leaving for Twitter.

"The previous leadership was intelligent and brought a lot of skills to the table, but have not run companies of this size and with this meteoric growth," Wray said.

Basho leads the development of Riak, an open source NoSQL data store. The company also manages open-source, cloud-storage software, called Riak CS. The company offers commercial editions of each technology, Riak Enterprise and Riak CS Enterprise, respectively.

Wray denied the former executives left for any one particular reason.

"Quite frankly, some people were just getting tired, and needed a change in venue," Wray said.

Working with open source, Wray explained involves a delicate balance between monetization of the technology and working with a sometime vocal open-source community.

"It's a yin yang, of how much you should be contributing versus how much you should keep as proprietary for your own commercial needs" said Wray, referring to the Chinese philosophy of complementary opposites.

Wray also pointed to how his experience in managing disruptive technologies, such as cloud computing, could help manage the rapidly growing Basho. Best Buy and Comcast, along with a number of additional companies in the Fortune 50, have used the database for their own operations.

Most recently, Wray served as CEO and president of Tier 3, a cloud provider that was purchased telecommunications provider last November for US$200 million. He also held operational leadership roles at Amazon, Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks.

McCrory most recently was a senior vice president of engineering at Warner Music Group, where he led development of the company's new Digital Services Platform, which was based on the VMware Cloud Foundry platform. He also was a senior architect at VMware who oversaw Cloud Foundry. He also worked as a cloud architect at Dell.

McCrory is also known for coining the term "data gravity," which describes how additional services and applications will congregate over time wherever data is located.

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