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DataStax Strengthens Management Team With Appointment of Martin Van Ryswyk

Industry Veteran to Lead Product Development for Commercial Apache Cassandra and NoSQL Leader.

San Mateo, Calif. – June 7, 2012 – DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra, today announced the addition of Martin Van Ryswyk as vice president of engineering.  Van Ryswyk brings more than 22 years of experience in software development, system engineering, and program management to his new role, including more than a decade of experience in the design and implementation of enterprise-class software and services.

As vice president of engineering, he is responsible for all aspects of product development, and ensuring DataStax continues to lead the big data industry when it comes to the innovative use of Apache Cassandra. He joins DataStax from Electric Cloud, Inc., where he oversaw engineering and was responsible for developing the company’s DevOps automation solutions. Previously he spent almost five years as a senior director of software engineering at EMC, where he ran multiple software teams, including the Legato engineering group. Prior to that he was vice president of engineering at Luminate, which was acquired by EMC.  He has also held software development management positions at Tidal Software, Operations Control Systems, and Beatrice Hunt-Wesson.  Martin graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in computer science.

“Martin brings to the team an extensive technology background and strong business vision of what it means to solve enterprise problems for customers,” said Billy Bosworth, DataStax CEO.  “His know-how and management experience are a perfect fit for our already deep engineering team, and will allow us to lead the charge in the rapidly expanding big data market.”

About DataStax

DataStax offers products and services based on the popular open-source database, Apache Cassandra™, which solve today’s most challenging big data problems.  DataStax Enterprise combines the performance of Cassandra with analytics powered by Apache Hadoop and enterprise search with Apache Solr, creating a smartly integrated, big data platform. With DataStax Enterprise, real-time, analytic, and search workloads never conflict, giving you maximum performance with the added benefit of only managing a single database.

The company has over 180 customers, including leaders such as Netflix, Disney, Cisco, Rackspace and Constant Contact, and spans verticals including web, financial services, telecommunications, logistics and government. DataStax is backed by industry leading investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Crosslink Capital, and is based in San Mateo, CA.