DataStax Sees Surge in Reliance on Apache Cassandra as Enterprises Harness the Power of Big Data

Demand intensifies for Cassandra experts as organizations seek real-time big data solutions.

SAN MATEO, Calif., August 8, 2012 –Apache Cassandra™, the massively scalable NoSQL database that handles real-time big data workloads across multiple data centers, is scaling in popularity as a growing number of enterprises rely on its powerful capabilities. The momentum of the Cassandra community is evident as more than 830 IT professionals from around the world convene today at the 2012 Cassandra Summit (#Cassandra12) hosted by DataStax, the commercial company behind Apache Cassandra. According to DataStax, the number of enterprise users that rely on Cassandra to manage data supporting critical business applications has more than doubled in the last 12 months.

At the third annual summit in Santa Clara, Cassandra users, contributors, enthusiasts, press, analysts, and the financial community are attending presentations, networking, taking part in interactive learning sessions and sharing their experiences in architecting the next generation of NoSQL business applications.  A highlight of the summit is the introduction of 17 winners of the first-ever DataStax MVP Program for Apache Cassandra. These industry-leading MVPs are being recognized for their contributions to the growing Cassandra community.

The MVP program gives honorees and the Cassandra community an amplified voice in the marketplace and underscores the fact that the best people building the most scalable, high-performing applications choose Cassandra. The MVPs will further elevate their leadership through activities such as speaking with the press, analysts and industry thought-leaders; presenting at webinars and industry events; blogging as an official MVP; writing white papers and articles; networking; and benefiting from recognition amongst their peers in the Cassandra community.

Speakers at the 2012 Cassandra Summit include noted technologists from dozens of organizations including Disney, Accenture, Netflix, eBay, OpenWave, Rackspace and GigaSpaces.

Initially developed by Facebook in 2008, Cassandra became a top-level project at the Apache Incubator in 2010. Apache Cassandra project chairman Jonathan Ellis then went on to co-found DataStax, which today employs most of the project’s committers, the individuals who wrote one or more of the codebases hosted by the Apache Software Foundation.  The vast majority of Cassandra code was written by people now at DataStax.

Companies choose Cassandra for its speed, scalability, multi-datacenter capabilities, continuous availability and performance, and those who rely on it are ardent supporters. Matt Stump, CTO of Source Ninja, a leading resource for all information about open source software and updates, said, “Having DataStax Enterprise embedded with Solr means a lot of work is taken away and transitioning to NoSQL is much simpler. I get all the performance, scalability, reliability, and redundancy of NoSQL, but also keep a really powerful query language.”

“The passion of the Cassandra community is a tremendous asset,” said DataStax Co-Founder and CTO Jonathan Ellis. “There’s a real eagerness to help others discover and make use of the full potential of Cassandra. The energy today at the 2012 Cassandra Summit is remarkable and validates the choice that hundreds of companies have made to power their big data applications with Cassandra.”

About DataStax

DataStax offers products and services based on the popular open-source database, Apache Cassandra™, which solve today’s most challenging big data problems.  DataStax Enterprise combines the performance of Cassandra with analytics powered by Apache Hadoop and enterprise search with Apache Solr, creating a smartly integrated, big data platform. With DataStax Enterprise, real-time, analytic, and search workloads never conflict, giving you maximum performance with the added benefit of only managing a single database.

The company has more than 200 customers including leaders such as Netflix, Pearson Education, Rackspace and Constant Contact, and spans verticals including web, financial services, telecommunications, logistics and government. DataStax is backed by industry leading investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Crosslink Capital, and is based in San Mateo, CA.