Robin Schumacher

What You Can Get For Free From DataStax

By Robin SchumacherApril 7, 2014

DataStax is both an open source and commercial software company. This means we help drive open source software like Apache Cassandra and also supply modern businesses with enterprise-grade NoSQL database solutions like DataStax Enterprise (DSE).

I run into people all the time who aren’t aware of all the great things we give away for free – whether open or closed source software – so I thought I’d post a quick update on what you can get from DataStax with absolutely no charge or any strings attached.

Apache Cassandra

DataStax does not own Apache Cassandra ; it is an open source project maintained by a thriving and growing community. However, that said, DataStax does employ the chair of the Cassandra project (Jonathan Ellis, co-founder of DataStax), helps drive Cassandra’s direction and has consistently delivered 80% or so of all code contributions.

Make no mistake about it – Cassandra is the antithesis of “crippleware” software. You won’t find artificial limits on the number of nodes you can deploy, the amount of compute resources or data volumes you can utilize, or anything similar. What you get instead is the poster child of the modern database needed to power today’s online applications.

DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra

DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra helps you quickly get up and running with Cassandra. Smart installers help you lay down and configure a tested version of Cassandra on your machine, along with ancillary software that helps you develop applications for Cassandra.  DataStax also creates the packages for RPM and DEB installs.

Apache Spark Integration

While we’ve done a nice job packaging analytics with Apache Spark inside DSE so that it’s turn key to use and certified for production, DataStax contributes quite a bit to those in the Spark community who want to use Cassandra as their persistent data store. Connectivity, data type mapping, performance improvements, security and more are delivered on an consistent basis.

Graph Database Contributions

Apache Tinkerpop is the standard software framework and language for all popular graph databases. We’re 100% behind Tinkerpop and committed to making it even better. When DataStax acquired Aurelius, we made a conscious decision to donate Tinkerpop to Apache so everyone could easily contribute and benefit from it. Our graph experts work constantly with the Tinkerpop community and heavily contribute to new open source releases.

DataStax Drivers

The Cassandra community provides numerous client side drivers for all popular development languages. Even so, we were constantly asked to produce a set of advanced drivers that could be certified for use with Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise. So we did.

We have open source drivers currently available for Java, C#, Python, C++, PHP, Ruby, and Node.js. We also provide free ODBC drivers for Cassandra.

DataStax DevCenter

DataStax DevCenter  is a free graphical IDE for navigating Cassandra/DSE databases and building/running CQL statements against a database cluster. DevCenter is designed for developers and anyone wishing to interact with data stored in Cassandra.

DevCenter is not open source but is free to everyone and can be downloaded and installed in minutes on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

DataStax Documentation

DataStax is the sole provider of professional documentation for Cassandra, DataStax drivers, DSE, and all DataStax tools. A strong team of technical doc writers ensures everything you need to know about Cassandra and more can easily be found in online documentation that auto-formats for your browser, tablet, and mobile device. PDF versions of the docs are also freely available for offline use.

Online Training

Want to learn all about Cassandra and how to develop NoSQL applications? You can do so free of charge by registering for online training on the DataStax website. Very polished and professional online courses will walk you step-by-step through various topics and learning exercises, which are self-paced so you can stop and pick back where you left off whenever you’d like.

DataStax Startup Program

One of our goals at DataStax is to make sophisticated database software available and affordable to everyone. We know that while you may be a small company with little money, you can have very big data problems to solve.

That’s why we offer our Startup Program that lets startup companies use DataStax Enterprise for free in production settings. If you’re a small company needing serious NoSQL database firepower, check our Startup Program guidelines and see if you qualify to use DSE for free.

You’d be surprised at how many companies are using DSE in this manner right now. Why not join them?

Help From Many Different Places

While you need to be a DSE subscriber to call DataStax for support, you can post as many questions as you’d like on various Cassandra mail-lists and on Stackoverflow, and you’ll likely find someone from DataStax pitching in to help.

Make no mistake, you shouldn’t expect the kind of response times and attention you’ll get as a DataStax customer, but you will get general help that will oftentimes get you over whatever hump that has you road-blocked at the moment.

You can also get assistance from our dedicated community website, Planet Cassandra, where you’ll find local meetups that allow you to network with other Cassandra professionals, learn from tutorials, and learn how you can call the DataStax community team for help with open source questions.

So, as you can see, DataStax is very much in the business of freely giving back to you and the Cassandra community in many different ways, be that via open source and proprietary database software, tools, educational help, the freedom to develop on your own schedule and budget at no charge, and more.

If you haven’t started using DataStax software, we encourage you to visit our downloads page and get started now. It’s easy, fast, and as you’ve just seen … free in many ways.

Also, if you want to pitch in and participate with the great folks around the world who help develop and evangelize Cassandra, check out the many ways you can get involved today.



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