Billy Bosworth

Two new offerings today from DataStax Available in Q411

By Billy BosworthSeptember 21, 2011

Today we announced some new offerings at DataStax that will be released in Q4.  The first is DataStax Enterprise.  The second is DataStax Community Edition.  Both are aimed squarely at helping people accelerate the adoption of applications requiring something more than traditional RDBMS’s.

Let me back up a second… DataStax was founded to advance the Apache Cassandra project, and that is still at the core of our DNA.  We will continue to contribute changes to the core project as well as serve the community so that it can grow and flourish. The open-source model provides many advantages to the world that most people now understand, and we’re pleased to be a part of that ecosystem.

However, many customers who are just starting to look at these new technologies require more than just access to the open-source code.  The business world is moving faster than ever, and users need to get up and running fast.  That means making it extremely easy, and providing essential ancillary functionality around the core open-source offering to ensure it is “business ready” without needing a team of experts to make it happen.  That’s why we created our two new offerings.

With DataStax Community Edition, we are trying to take all the guesswork out of getting started with Apache Cassandra.  Instead of having to wrestle with the installation, search for proper documentation, and sift through multiple versions of client libraries, we provide all of that for you in this free offering.  For folks coming from the relational world, it’s already challenging enough trying to get their head around making the switch to a non-relational database.  The last thing people need is a difficult start-up experience.

Next, DataStax Enterprise, as the name implies, is targeted at satisfying the needs of the enterprise.  What does that mean?  Well, first, it means you get Cassandra experts supporting your production environment.  Next, you also get monitoring and management tooling to ensure your operations and development people can quickly and efficiently take on a production installation.  And lastly, you get integrated features not available in the open-source version that customers have asked us to deliver.

We’re obviously excited about helping people explore these new offerings, and I’ll keep you posted as to the use cases and feedback as we go along. You can go to our website and sign up to be notified as soon as the products become available in Q4.



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