Is Riak the right software for me?

Shekhar Vemuri shekharv at
Sun Mar 4 12:13:56 EST 2012

Are you looking for something like this?

Ideally you would run a reverse proxy in front of riak. So riak would be your store and the reverse proxy would serve files directly to the client...

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On Mar 4, 2012, at 6:54 AM, Philip <flips01 at> wrote:

> It looks like these high wait times occur when the request hits a node
> which does not store the requested file. The node will download the
> whole file into memory and after that he will send the data to the
> client. How about directly pipe'ing the download to the output stream
> or (even better) redirect the client to a node with the file so the
> overall network usage decreases?
> Am 4. März 2012 11:40 schrieb Philip <flips01 at>:
>> I am looking for a software to host millions of files in the order of
>> 2-20MB for web serving. A few (~5%) files are "hot" and accessed
>> heavily but most of the files are cold. The system is going to work
>> like a big cache and therefore I need to make sure that the cluster
>> won't go out of space while new files are beeing added. I'd like to
>> store the last time a file was accessed and delete the least accessed
>> files to make sure there is always 20-30% free space in the cluster.
>> This system is currently spread across alot of different standalone
>> servers and serves a few gbit of bandwidth.
>> Is this possible with riak? Is there anything I should take into consideration?
>> I did a little testing with a 4 node cluster. Basically with the
>> default configuration, I've only changed the ip addresses and disabled
>> nagle buffering for http. When I want to access a 20MB file through
>> the REST API it sometimes takes 4-8 seconds until any data is beeing
>> sent to the client. I've made use of the "r" parameter (r=1) and the
>> wait time improved a little bit but is still unacceptable for
>> production use. Is there some config option I am missing here to get
>> the requested file without such high wait times?
>> Best Regards
>> Philip
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