So I asked Mike: “What do you look for in a company before you make an investment?” His response was certainly interesting.
Apache Cassandra is an open-source, column-group style NoSQL database that was developed by Facebook and inspired by Amazon’s Dynamo database. DataStax is a software and commercial support provider that can implement Cassandra as a stand-alone database, in conjunction with Hadoop (on the same infrastructure) or with Solr, which offers full-text-search capabilities from Apache Lucene.
By Constant Contact’s estimates, the relational route would have required a $2.5 million investment and nine months of development. It deployed Cassandra, supported by DataStax, within three months at a cost of $250,000.
To accommodate eBay’s explosive data growth— its data centers perform hundreds of millions of reads and writes each day—and the increasing demand to process data at blistering speeds, eBay needed a solution that did not have the typical bottlenecks, scalability issues and transactional constraints associated with common relational database approaches.
Gathering and analyzing shoppers’ behavioral data is one step towards providing customers with a superior online experience they’ll be crowing about.
As seen with the IPO of Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK), the Big Data industry is certainly red hot. But what are early-stage operators doing — especially with monetizing things?
“Steve Jobs taught us all that a vision can be realized even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The game is never over.
Last week, I met up with DataStax CEO Billy Bosworth, and he talked about the new opportunity he sees in the database business.
This week DataStax announced a $25 million C round, which was led by Meritech Venture Parnters. The company is a fast-growing player in the hot Big Data market, which is benefiting from megatrends like mobile, the cloud and social networking.