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DataStax Announces New Executive Appointments and new Version of DataStax OpsCenter

Industry Veterans Strengthen Engineering and Product Management Teams. Also announces key updates to flagship DataStax OpsCenter for Apache Cassandra™ and Hadoop

BURLINGAME, Calif. – July 11, 2011 – DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™, today announced that Daisy Itty has joined the company as VP of Engineering, and Robin Schumacher has joined as VP of Product Management. The new hires round out the executive team as DataStax continues its rapid growth.  In addition DataStax is releasing version 1.2 of the world’s leading operations and management platform, DataStax OpsCenter for Apache Cassandra and Hadoop, all at DataStax’ CassandraSF Summit 2011, the world’s largest Apache Cassandra gathering ever, being held today in San Francisco, bringing together more then 500 leaders in the industry and Apache Cassandra community.  To follow news from the sold out show visit the company’s Twitter page #DataStax or #CassandraSF2011.

“Robin and Daisy have great experience leading high-performance teams at rapid-growth companies, and deep open source expertise,” said Billy Bosworth, CEO of DataStax. “The ability to lead and grow these critical areas of the business successfully is critical to our long-term growth. We are thrilled to have these executives on board as we continue to develop and improve our product offering to meet the growing demand for Big Data solutions for elastic and cloud-optimized applications and services.”

Daisy Itty has over 15 years of experience building and leading engineering teams in startups as well as large enterprises. Most recently Daisy was Director of Engineering at Responsys where she ran the development of their industry-leading cross-channel SaaS marketing platform. Prior to Responsys, Daisy was Director of Engineering at BlueRoads, a SaaS CRM provider for indirect sales channels. She was also one of the first engineers at Selectica, playing a key role growing them from early-stage startup to highly successful IPO.

Robin Schumacher has spent the last 20 years working with databases and big data. He comes to DataStax from EnterpriseDB, where he built and led a market-driven product management group. Previously, Robin started and led the product management team at MySQL for three years before they were bought by Sun (the largest open source acquisition in history), and then by Oracle. He also started and led the product management team at Embarcadero Technologies. Robin is the author of three database performance books and frequent speaker at industry events.

DataStax OpsCenter is the first platform for managing, monitoring and operating enterprise Cassandra environments, and also supports the DataStax Hadoop distribution, Brisk. Version 1.2 of OpsCenter includes high performance enhancements, support for a wide variety of Cassandra configurations, event push and many other improvements.  It also comes bundled with DataStax expert support.

About DataStax

DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™ offers products and services that make it easy for customers to build, deploy and operate elastically scalable and cloud-optimized applications and data services. The company has over 80 customers, including leaders such as Netflix, Cisco, Rackspace and Constant Contact, and spanning verticals including web, financial services, telecommunications, logistics and government. DataStax is backed by industry leading investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and Rackspace Hosting, and is based in Burlingame, CA with offices in Austin, TX and Stamford, CT. For more information, visit