The DataStax MVP Program for Apache Cassandra recognizes key individuals who have gone above and beyond to share their knowledge and expertise to help the Cassandra community learn about the massively scalable NoSQL database.
The MVP Program provides these selected individuals with the opportunity to write articles and whitepapers, speak with press, analysts and industry thought-leaders, to present both online in webinars and at key events, to blog as an official MVP, and enjoy recognition amongst their community peers. This recognition is a key differentiator in career development in this exciting market. The MVP designation is awarded annually and announced at the Cassandra Summit.
Ed Anuff (@edanuff), VP, Mobile Platform at Apigee
Ed Anuff is the VP of App Services at Apigee, which he joined after they acquired Usergrid, a mobile back-end platform. Prior to starting Usergrid, he was the EVP of Platform Services at Six Apart. He co-founded Widgetbox, the widget marketplace, and Epicentric, a leading provider of enterprise portal software, which was bought by Vignette. He was also responsible for the launch of the HotBot search engine at Wired.
Tim Berglund (@tlberglund), Trainer and Coder at Github
Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves working with people as much as he loves to code. He is a GitHubberwhose mission is to make it easy for everybody in the world to use Git. He is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, who loves to speak on Git, Cassandra, and other topics. He is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group, co-presenter of the best-selling O’Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle, a member of the O’Reilly Expert Network, and a member of the GigOM Pro Analyst Network. He occasionally blogs at http://timberglund.com. He lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their three children.
Russell Bradberry (@DevDazed), Principal Architect at SimpleReach
Russell Bradberry is the Principal Architect at SimpleReach where he is responsible for architecting and building out highly scalable data solutions. He has put into market a wide range of products including a real time bidding ad server, a rich media ad management tool, a content recommendation system and most recently a real time social intelligence platform. He is also the author of the NodeJS Cassandra driver Helenus.
Rick Branson (@rbranson), Infrastructure Engineer at Instagram
Rick is an Infrastructure Engineer at Instagram where he spends his days building scalable systems to deal with their meteoric growth rates. Rick is a totally impatient dude, so he’s spent the last 10 years obsessed with making complex production systems faster and more reliable. Previously he was a Solutions Architect at DataStax, and has held various engineering roles at Coroutine, Mosaik Solutions, and FedEx.
Edward Capriolo (@edwardcapriolo), Hadoop Systems Admin at m6d.com
Edward Capriolo is a Hadoop System Admin at m6d.com. Always interested clustered, fault tolerant, and grid computing systems he became dazzled by Apache Cassandra. He is organizer for the NYC Cassandra User Group, NoSQL NYC, and the New York Cloud and Grid Computing Meetup Group. In his spare time, he authored Cassandra High Performance Cookbook for both fun and homage.
Adrian Cockcroft (@adrianco), Cloud Architect at Netflix
Adrian Cockcroft is the director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix. He is focused on availability, resilience, performance, and measurement of the Netflix cloud platform, and has presented at many conferences, including the Cassandra Summit, QCon/GOTO, Cloud Connect, Velocity, Gluecon and Structure.
Adrian is also well known as the author of several books while a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems: Sun Performance and Tuning; Resource Management; and Capacity Planning for Web Services. From 2004-2007 he was a founding member of eBay Research Labs. He graduated with a BSc in Applied Physics from The City University, London.
Eric Lubow (@elubow), CTO at SimpleReach
Eric Lubow, CTO of SimpleReach, began his career building secure systems at Guardian Digital before joining Conductor.com, where he developed and ran their ad systems. After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Information Systems, Eric did multiple tours with the U.S. Army including serving in Iraq as a Lieutenant and Albania as a Captain. He is a board advisor for the IronMatt.org charity for pediatric brain tumors, a mixed martial artist, motorcyclist, and seasoned skydiver.
Nate McCall (@zznate), Development Lead at Apigee
Nate McCall has over 12 years of server side systems and software development experience. He is currently development lead for the Usergrid platform at Apigee and is also the lead developer and release manager of the open source Hector client for Apache Cassandra. Prior to Apigee, Nathan was with DataStax where he held several positions including team lead for DataStax Enterprise, and developer evangelist while occasionally conducting Apache Cassandra training sessions for DataStax customers. He has also presented at conferences such as Oracle’s JavaOne and O’Reilly’s Strata and Oscon. Nathan is also co-founder of the Cassandra-Austin meetup group for users of Apache Cassandra based in Austin, TX.
Aaron Morton (@aaronmorton), Freelance Developer, Apache Cassandra Committer
Aaron Morton is a Freelance Developer based in New Zealand, and a Committer on the Apache Cassandra project. In 2010 he gave up the RDBMS world for the scale and reliability of Cassandra. He now spends his time advancing the Cassandra project and helping others get the best out of it.
Brian O’Neill (@boneill42), Lead Architect at Health Market Science
Brian O’Neill is Lead Architect at Health Market Science, where he heads design and development of their Master Data Management (MDM) solution and Big Data platform, powered by Cassandra. He also leads the Virgil project, which is a services layer providing a REST interface to Cassandra. In the past, Brian participated on numerous Java Community Process expert groups and has patents in artificial intelligence and dynamic application data routing.
Stephen O’Sullivan (@steveos), Senior Director, Platform and Systems, @WalmartLabs
Stephen O’Sullivan works on data architecture and infrastructure to Lead Walmart’s next generation of e-commerce. He is an expert in Hadoop usage and architecture and the future of open source solutions for Big Data. He brings more than 20 years of experience creating enterprise applications and data management solutions for high availability and scale to his current position.
Prior to @WalmartLabs, Stephen spent over three years as director of system engineering at LiveOps running the company’s data, reporting and API teams. His tenure covers three years in data management for Yahoo’s search group and eleven years as a senior engineer at Sun Microsystems. Stephen has a National Diploma in Computer Science from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
Vijay Parthasarathy (@vijay2win), Principal Engineer at Samsung Electronics
As a Principal Engineer at Samsung Vijay is responsible for building consumer facing, distributed, high performance realtime big data solutions.
Prior to samsung he worked at Netflix, he was tasked to implement distributed, highly available datastore running on commodity hardware for the next generation Netflix app’s in the cloud.
Vijay is a also a Apache-Cassandra Committer and a Technical Adviser for Trap.it. Before Netflix Vijay worked at Cisco Webex on several distributed backed services spanning 8 DC’s, Projects including sharding RDBMS which led to his initial work on Cassandra.
Peter Sanford (@psanford), Software Engineer at Nearbuy Systems
Peter is a distinguished member of the technical staff and first engineering hire at Nearbuy Systems. Prior to joining Nearbuy he ran a software development group in Aruba Networks’ AirWave division. Outside of work Peter enjoys drinking coffee and tinkering with embedded systems. Peter holds a BS in Computer Science from Wheaton College (IL).
Eddie Satterly (@eddie_satterly), Chief Big Data Evangelist, Office of the CTO at Splunk
Mr. Satterly has served in a variety of roles including developer, engineer, architect and CTO over his 23 year career for Fortune 500 companies. He has been a long time Splunk fan and user. More recently he was able to revolutionize the way Expedia delivers their core web applications that resulted in improved user experience. At Expedia, he created a highly scalable and flexible Splunk environment and as a result was able to retire 35 other systems. With Splunk, he saved $14M in the first 6 months Splunk was installed and avoided many more $MM in outages. He is a recognized expert in the field of big data and has presented at many conference globally on the topic. Eddie has a BS Comp Sci from Indiana University
Kelly Sommers (@kellabyte), Mobile Developer
Kelly Sommers is a software developer from eastern Canada with experience in the telecom and mobile industries. Kelly has been an advisor to Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices CQRS Journey project. Kelly is well known on Twitter (@kellabyte) and her popular blog (kellabyte.com) for her interactions and bringing energy to a diverse set of communities across multiple platforms such as mobile, big data, and distributed systems. She has created a mailing list (distsys-discuss on google groups) to bring people from different ecosystems together to discuss topics about distributed systems. On most days you will find Kelly learning something new and involving the community along the way.
Matt Stump (@mattstump), CTO at SourceNinja
Matthew Stump was an early employee at PGP where he rose through the ranks to eventually head development for all enterprise server products. After PGP was acquired by Symantec, Matt was responsible for re-engineering the PGP product line in order to serve the needs of the largest enterprise and government customers. In May of 2011, Matt co-founded SourceNinja, which helps companies manage the risks of using open source. SourceNinja uses the tools of big data to discover the hidden security, performance and stability problems lurking within software applications.