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Big Names Line Up to Share Business Use Cases at 2012 Cassandra Summit

San Mateo, Calif. – August 7, 2012DataStax™, the commercial company behind Apache Cassandra™, the massively scalable NoSQL database, today announced the speaker lineup for the 2012 Cassandra Summit. The all-day event Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA will allow users to share their interests, talents and skills in the popular Apache Cassandra database. Senior IT executives from leading companies such as Disney, Accenture, Netflix, Openwave and Rackspace will gather to share their experiences building the next generation of real-time applications on top of Cassandra and to discuss current Big Data challenges such as migrating from SQL to NoSQL, scaling out in the cloud, integrating Cassandra and Hadoop for batch analysis, using Cassandra with enterprise search technologies such as Solr, what’s next for the database, and much more.

Cassandra’s community continues to grow at a breakneck pace. This year’s summit (#Cassandra12) is far surpassing last year’s list of attendees and has nearly doubled in speaker participation. The conference will focus on helping companies learn what’s new with Cassandra, showcase innovative business use cases, and provide technical sessions on key elements utilizing Apache Cassandra in an enterprise environment.

“Cassandra provides enterprises with tremendous benefits, and we are just scratching the surface in terms of understanding and usage of the technology,” said Jonathan Ellis, chairman of the Apache Cassandra project and DataStax CTO. “We look forward to hearing more use cases like that of Constant Contact, which leveraged Cassandra for its Social Media feature. Cassandra helped Constant Contact deploy its application in three months for $250k, compared to an estimated nine months for $2.5 million if they had used a traditional RDBMS. These types of cases continue to showcase Cassandra’s value.”

The speaker roster features such noted technologists as:

  • Aaron Morton (@aaronmorton) –  Apache Cassandra Committer
  • Adrian Cockcroft (@adrianco) – Cloud Architect at Netflix
  • Arun Jacob (@arunxjacob) – Director of Data Solutions at Disney Technology and Shared Services
  • Christian Romming (@cromming) – CTO at VigLink
  • Darshan Dawal – Engineering Director/Lead Architect at Openwave
  • Ed Anuff (@edanuff), Vice President of Mobile Platform Apigee
  • Edward Capriolo (@edwardcapriolo) – Hadoop Systems Admin at
  • Eric Evans (@jericevans) – Cassandra Committer and Engineer at Acunu
  • Eric Lubow (@elubow) – CTO at SimpleReach
  • Gary Ogasawara (@go10) – Vice President of engineering at Gemini Mobile Technologies
  • Gregg Ulrich – Cassandra Operations, Netflix
  • Jason Brown (@jasobrown) – Software Engineer at Netflix
  • Jason Rutherglen  – Architect at Think Big Analytics
  • Jay Patel (@pateljay3001) – Architect at eBay
  • Jeremy Hanna (@jeromatron) – Support Engineer at DataStax
  • John Akred, @BigDataAnalysis) – Senior Manager within Accenture’s Technology & R&D Organization – Accenture Technology Labs
  • Jonathan Ellis (@spyced) – DataStax CTO and Apache Project Chair of Cassandra
  • Manish Sood @msoodx) – CEO at Reltio
  • Matt Dennis @mdennis) – Solutions Architect at DataStax
  • Matt Stump @mattstump) – CTO at SourceNinja
  • Patrick McFadin @PatrickMcFadin) – Chief Architect at Hobsons
  • Rick Branson (@rbranson) – Infrastructure Engineer at Instagram
  • Sam Overton (@samoverton) – Distributed Systems Engineer at Acunu
  • Tomaz Muras (@kamiSLO) – Software Developer at Rackspace
  • Uri Cohen (@uri1803) – VP of Product Management at GigaSpaces

This year’s Summit features four tracks of breakout sessions for smaller workshops and birds of a feather sessions.  In addition, the conference will include an all-day “Meet the Experts” salon, free for all attendees, giving them the opportunity to have their toughest questions answered and worked through by a top Cassandra engineer.

Key sessions include:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, Add Another Data Store – real life experience integrating the latest best of breed technologies
  • Big Data at Disney – when relational databases can’t keep up, it’s time for NoSQL
  • Cassandra Performance and Scalability on AWS – Netflix shares their newest benchmarks
  • Buy It Now! Cassandra at eBay – Cassandra best practices from data modeling to deployment
    • Cassandra Plus Solr – how the DataStax Enterprise platform changes the game integrating search
    • Cassandra in Rackspace Cloud Monitoring – built for scale, an overview of a monitoring system that incorporates unique functionality
    • CQL, and the Road to Redemption – Why CQL is superior in performance to other solutions on the market
    • Technical Deep Dives include: Data Modeling, Query Performance, Secondary Indexes

For more details on the speakers, sessions and registration, please visit the conference website at:

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 more than 200 customers, including leaders such as Netflix, Cisco, Pearson Education, 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.

Apache Cassandra, Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Hadoop, Apache Solr, Solr and Apache are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries, and are used with permission as of 2011. The Apache Software Foundation has no affiliation with and does not endorse or review the materials provided at this event, which is managed by DataStax.