Webinars

These webinars are loaded with helpful background information and useful, hands-on insights into big data technologies and solutions, including DataStax Enterprise and its various components. From big-picture orientations to granular details, we’ve got you covered.

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Upcoming Webinars

April 29rd
Webinar  |  DataStax Training – Everything you need to become a Cassandra Rockstar

Looking to strengthen your expertise of Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise? This DataStax Training Webinar will arm you with the knowledge and hands-on skills to get the most out of your DataStax Enterprise environment. If you’ve already taken a DataStax training, consider this a free refresher. Considering training? Then this is a solid intro for developers and admins on your team.


May 8th
Webinar  |  How an Internet-of-Things Solution Saves Walgreens Millions

More objects are becoming “smart” – embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. The Internet of Things era promises to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risks. But, in reality, how do enterprises deal with a projected 30X increase in smart equipment – when they are struggling to manage what they have now?


May 15th
Community Webinar  |  Aaron and Patrick on Designing a Cassandra Solution

Aaron Morton (Principle Consultant and The Last Pickle) and Patrick McFadin (Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax) will collaborate together, and with the audience, to design a Cassandra system. The task is to design a Photo Sharing site that stores meta data and images in Cassandra using a globally distributed, multi data center cluster. Aaron and Patrick will cover issues such as data modelling, consistency tradeoffs, deployment, availability, testing and operations.


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Archived Webinars

Community Webinar  |  Bulk Loading Data into Cassandra

Whether running load tests or migrating historic data, loading data directly into Cassandra can be very useful to bypass the system’s write path. In this webinar, we will look at how data is stored on disk in sstables, how to generate these structures directly, and how to load this data rapidly into your cluster using sstableloader. We’ll also review different use cases for when you should and shouldn’t use this method.

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Community Webinar  |  Large Nodes with Cassandra

Starting with Version 1.2 Cassandra has made it easier to store more data on a single node. With off heap data structures, virtual nodes, and improved JBOD support we can now run nodes with several Terabytes of data. In this talk Aaron Morton, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at The Last Pickle, will walk through running fat nodes in a Cassandra cluster. He’ll review the features that support it and discuss the trade offs that come from storing 1TB+ per node.

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Webinar  |  Don’t Get Caught in a PCI Pickle: Meet Compliance and Protect Payment Card Data with DataStax and Gazzang

Data security is an absolute requirement for any organization – large or small – that handles debit, credit and pre-paid cards. But navigating, understanding and complying with PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standards) regulations can be tough. In this webinar, we’ll examine the guidelines for securing payment card data and show you how a combined solution from DataStax and Gazzang can put you on course for compliance.

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Community Webinar  |  15 Commandments for Cassandra DBAs

Are you a database professional looking for that next career boost? Maybe you are already use Cassandra and would like an edge in your job. Rachel and Patrick have been doing this for a long time and they can help! We’ll be going over some hard, fast rules that will save you time and trouble. Let our experience be your insider information. As a preview, here is commandment 0: Thou shalt watch!

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Community Webinar  |  Back to Basics with CQL3

Cassandra is a distributed, massively scalable, fault tolerant, columnar data store, and if you need the ability to make fast writes, the only thing faster than Cassandra is /dev/null! In this fast-paced presentation, we’ll briefly describe big data, and the area of big data that Cassandra is designed to fill. We will cover Cassandra’s unique, every-node-the-same architecture. We will reveal Cassandra’s internal data structure and explain just why Cassandra is so darned fast. Finally, we’ll wrap up with a discussion of data modeling using the new standard protocol: CQL (Cassandra Query Language).

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Community Webinar  |  Cassandra Architecture, Development & Operations – Your Questions Answered Live

Tis’ the season to get all of your urgent and demanding Cassandra questions answered live! Get ready for yet another very special edition of the Cassandra Community Webinar – Q&A style. Please join us as we close out 2013 with an entire hour devoted to answering as many Cassandra questions as possible. Our panel of experts have a vast knowledge of Cassandra and will be answering questions ranging from a variety of personas; developer, architecture and operations.


Community Webinar  |  Data Model on Fire

Functional data models are great, but how can you squeeze out more performance and make them awesome! Let’s talk through some example Cassandra 2.0 models, go through the tuning steps and understand the tradeoffs. Many time’s just a simple understanding of the underlying Cassandra 2.0 internals can make all the difference. I’ve helped some of the biggest companies in the world do this and I can help you. Do you feel the need for Cassandra 2.0 speed?

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Community Webinar  |  From MongoDB to Cassandra: Architectural Lessons

We’ll be covering some aspects of our architecture, highlighting differences between MongoDB and Cassandra. We’ll go in depth to explain why Cassandra is a better choice for our general purpose Application Platform (SHIFT) as well as our Media Buying Analytics tool (the SHIFT Media Manager). We’ll be going over common design patterns people might be familiar with coming from a background with MongoDB and highlight how Cassandra would be used as a better alternative. We’ll also touch more on cqlengine which is nearing feature completeness as the Cassandra object mapper for Python.

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Webinar  |  ‘Secret Sauce’: How Allied Payment Innovates with DataStax Enterprise

Join us for this webinar, where you will learn about Allied Payment’s “Painless migration” from Microsoft SQL Server, accomplished after they were in production, discovery of the “paradigm-shifting” query-first data model, use of DataStax’s OpsCenter to easily manage the database layer of their application, and experience of 100x faster response times since deploying on DataStax Enterprise.

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Community Webinar  |  Understanding How CQL3 Maps to Cassandra’s Internal Data Structure

CQL3 is the newly ordained, canonical, and best-practices means of interacting with Cassandra. Indeed, the Apache Cassandra documentation itself declares that the Thrift API as “legacy” and recommends that CQL3 be used instead. But I’ve heard several people express their concern over the added layer of abstraction. There seems to be an uncertainty about what’s really happening inside of Cassandra. In this presentation we will open up the hood and take a look at exactly how Cassandra is treating CQL3 queries.

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Community Webinar  |  Cassandra Architecture, Development and Operations – Your Questions Answered Live

Get all of your urgent and demanding questions ready for this very special edition of Cassandra Community Webinar – Q&A style. We realize that there are loads of questions that come in during each of our webinars with minimal time to answer them, so we are devoting one hour to answer as many Cassandra questions as possible. Our panel of experts have avast knowledge of Cassandra and will be answering questions ranging from a variety of personas; developer, architecture and operations.


Community Webinar  |  Cassandra 2.0: Better, Faster, Stronger

Apache Cassandra 2.0 is out – now there’s no reason not to ditch that ol’ legacy relational system for your important online applications. Cassandra 2.0 includes big impact features like Light Weight Transactions and Triggers. Do you know about the other new enhancements that got lost in the noise. Let’s put the spotlight on all the things! Changes in memory management, file handling and internals. Low hype but they pack a big punch. While we were at it, we also did a bit of house cleaning. Join us to understand why you will want to go big with Cassandra 2.0.

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Community Webinar  |  Make Life Easier — An Introduction to Cassandra Query Language

Matt Stump (the speaker in this webinar) is currently a solutions architect at DataStax and is the author of the forthcoming “Cassandra: A Beginner’s Guide” published by Packt. He has an extensive background in high performance computing working with companies such as SourceNinja and Symantec. He brings a wealth of knowledge not only in Cassandra, but also in Solr, as he was an extremely early implementer of the technology.

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How Much Money Do You Lose Every Time Your Ecommerce Site Goes Down?

In today’s environment, you must serve your customers with uptime (all the time) availability, plus hidden benefits like state-of-the-art fraud detection and game-changing recommendation engines. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to get uptime, all the time, so you can serve your customers without outages.

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Community Webinar  |  In Case of Emergency, Break Glass

The design of Apache Cassandra allows applications to provide constant uptime. Peer-to-Peer technology ensures there are no single points of failure, and the Consistency guarantees allow applications to function correctly while some nodes are down. There is also a wealth of information provided by the JMX API and the system log. All of this means that when things go wrong you have the time, information and platform to resolve them without downtime. This presentation will cover some of the common, and not so common, performance issues, failures and management tasks observed in running clusters. Aaron will discuss how to gather information and how to act on it. Operators, Developers and Managers will all benefit from this exposition of Cassandra in the wild.

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Community Webinar | Apache Cassandra Internals

Apache Cassandra solves many interesting problems to provide a scalable, distributed, fault tolerant database. Cluster wide operations track node membership, direct requests and implement consistency guarantees. At the node level, the Log Structured storage engine provides high performance reads and writes. All of this is implemented in a Java code base that has greatly matured over the past few years. In this webinar Aaron Morton steps through read and write requests, automatic processes and manual maintenance tasks. He also discusses the general approach to solving the problem and drill down to the code responsible for implementation.


Don’t Let Your Shoppers Drop; 5 Rules for Today’s Ecommerce

The definition of Ecommerce has totally changed, expanding from a purely retail perspective to mean “the place where your customers meet you online.” Whether you offer mortgage services or catering recommendations, you must think of your online transaction application as an eCommerce site. For one thing, you can’t afford for your online presence to go down — ever. Secondly, you need to handle unpredictable spikes in demand without breaking your budget. Thirdly, you need to gain (and keep) customer trust with the appropriate levels of data security.

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Community Webinar | Practice Makes Perfect: Extreme Cassandra Optimization

Ooyala has been using Apache Cassandra since version 0.4. Their data ingest volume has exploded since 0.4 and Cassandra has scaled along with it. In this webinar Al will share lessons that he has learned across an array of topics from an operational perspective including how to manage, tune, and scale Cassandra in a production environment.

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Community Webinar | The World’s Next Top Data Model

You know you need Cassandra for it’s uptime and scaling, but what about that data model? Let’s bridge that gap and get you building your game changing app. The goal of this talk is to get you comfortable working with data in Cassandra throughout the application lifecycle.

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2 Billion Data Points Each Day: DataStax and Ooyala Webinar

During this session, Ooyala CTO, Sean Knapp and DataStax Vice President of Marketing, Lara Shackelford will discuss why Ooyala selected DataStax as the big data platform powering their business, and how they provide real-time video analytics that help media companies create deeply personalized viewing experiences for more than 1/4 of all Internet video viewers each month.

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Transform your Business by Choosing the Right Big Data Stack

This session follows the process of evaluating different big data platforms based on varying use cases and business requirements, explain how big data professionals can choose the right technology to transform their business, and how open source technology is helping close the skills shortage within the big data industry.


 

Data Modelers Still Have Jobs: Adjusting For the NoSQL Environment

Using concrete, real-world examples, this webinar will show how abandoning modeling altogether is a recipe for disaster, how experienced relational modelers can leverage their skills for NoSQL projects, how the NoSQL context both simplifies and complicates the modeling endeavor, and how lessons learned modeling for NoSQL projects can make you a more effective modeler for any kind of project.

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Big Data Security with DataStax + Gazzang

Learn how to satisfy your Security and Compliance office in this webinar offered by DataStax, the company that develops Apache Cassandra™, and Gazzang, provider of data security solutions for big data and cloud environments.


Cassandra Community Webinar | Become a Super Modeler

Sure you can do some time series modeling. Maybe some user profiles. What’s going to make you a super modeler? Let’s take a look at some great techniques taken from real world applications where we exploit the Cassandra big table model to it’s fullest advantage.

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Cassandra Community Webinar | The Data Model is Dead, Long Live the Data Model

Who says that big data doesn’t need a data model? You won’t after this webinar. Relational systems have always been built on the premise of modeling relationships. As you will see, static schema, one-to-one, many-to-many still have a place in Cassandra. From the familiar, we’ll go into the specific differences in Cassandra and tricks to make your application fast and resilient.


How to Tell if Your Business Needs NoSQL

If you’re wondering what NoSQL is and if your business can benefit from NoSQL technology, join DataStax for the Webinar, “How to Tell if Your Business Needs NoSQL”. This to-the-point presentation will provide practical litmus tests to help you understand whether NoSQL is right for your use case, and supplies examples of NoSQL technology in action with leading businesses that demonstrate how and where NoSQL databases can have the greatest impact.

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Cassandra Community Webinar | Introduction to Apache Cassandra 1.2

Join Aaron Morton, DataStax MVP for Apache Cassandra and learn the basics of the massively scalable NoSQL database. This webinar is 101 level and will examine C*’s architecture and its strengths for powering mission-critical applications. Aaron will introduce you to core concepts such as Cassandra’s data model, multi-datacenter replication, and tunable consistency. He’ll also cover new features in Cassandra version 1.2 including virtual nodes, CQL 3 language and query tracing.

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Cassandra Community Webinar | CMB – An Open Message Bus for the Cloud

At Comcast Silicon Valley we have developed a general purpose message bus for the cloud. The service is API compatible with Amazon’s SQS/SNS and is built on Cassandra and Redis with the goal of linear horizontal scalability. In this Webinar we will explore the architecture of the system and how we employ Cassandra as a central component to meet key requirements. We will also take a look at the latest performance numbers.

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