I love data, I love the benefits that data analysis offers, and I love the concept of large amounts of data being massaged, queried, and providing insights through a whole new set of technical innovations – and there are many in data right now.
DataStax – the outfit that commercialized the Cassandra distributed database originally open sourced by Facebook – will soon release two new software packages based on the “NoSQL” platform.
DataStax, which sells products built on top of the open source “NoSQL” data store Apache Cassandra, just announced a $11 million investment from Crosslink Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners.The company also announced a new enterprise product which will be available in Q4, 2011.
Demand for NoSQL database technologies is growing as companies are adapting to open-source, seeking an alternative to SQL that can handle the massive amounts of data they need to analyze.
NoSQL databases promise to solve some of the most pressing problems with traditional database management systems, but so far they’ve been used sparsely by companies willing to pay for the software.
DataStax has raised $11 million to expand its software and services that help companies deal with massive amounts of web data threatening to overwhelm their systems.
Cassandra – which lies at the core of the new DataStax Enterprise project – is based on three and only three very simple methods: insert, get, and delete.
The DataStax and Cassandra stories are somewhat confusing. Unfortunately, DataStax chose to clarify them in what has turned out to be a crazy news week.