White Paper: Welcome to Apache Cassandra 1.0

Title: Welcome to Apache Cassandra 1.0

Description: For a number of years, modern businesses have been looking for an alternative to the legacy relational model for storing and accessing data. Information management requirements have undergone subtle to radical changes in these organizations, such that the practice of forcing the proverbial square peg into the round hole is no longer a viable solution.

The rising interest of using NoSQL databases in the enterprise has demonstrated that developers and CTOs alike have recognized the fact that many progressive companies are now using NoSQL to manage both operational and analytical data. Businesses that were early adopters of NoSQL already have progressed to the point where NoSQL is powering a number of their key production systems, with both new development and RDBMS replacement projects being run in parallel.

The release of Cassandra 1.0 in October 2011 is a significant milestone, both in the history of Cassandra itself and in the NoSQL data management movement in general. It is atypical for companies to run pre-1.0 software in production, yet because of a need for the features Cassandra offers, that is exactly what many businesses have been doing. With the release of 1.0, companies with software policies that negate the use of non-GA software can now also begin to enjoy the benefits Cassandra provides.

This paper provides an overview of Cassandra for new users, discusses why and where Cassandra is being used, describes a number of key enhancements that have gone into the product prior to the 1.0 release, and details a number of major new features that have just appeared in version 1.0.