Eric is a Riak Engineer at Basho. He's a longtime advocate of alternative storage mechanisms (especially the distributed kind), and loves to write and talk about them. He's written "Seven Databases in Seven Weeks" and recently "A Little Riak Book".
Presentations by Eric Redmond:
Devcon June Conference, Thursday, June 20, 2013, 09:00
Systems that are "built to be distributed" are fundamentally different from systems that have "distributed features" added on after the fact.
Riak is a key/value store that is distributed at its core, and we'll look into how this core design decision makes it fault tolerant/highly available and suitable for big data problem, and how this compares to systems that add distribution an after market feature.