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Robin Schumacher, SVP and Chief Product Officer

Free NoSQL for DBA’s Book Available Now

By Robin Schumacher, SVP and Chief Product OfficerOctober 6, 2014

When I first joined DataStax about 3 years ago, most of the technical crowd I talked to on the customer side were developers and architects who were implementing cutting-edge systems.  While I still talk to plenty of architects and dev’s, now that NoSQL has gone mainstream and exited the “is this thing real?” debate arena, I find that I’m having lots of discussions with relational DBA’s who are beginning to manage NoSQL databases like Cassandra.

Having worked as a DBA for a long time, I know exactly the situation they’re in. On one hand, it’s enjoyable and edifying to learn new database technology and watch it deliver on its promises. On the flip side, it can sometimes be tough to quickly get up to speed with something new and be responsible for it when a problem seems to rear its head at 3:00am.

If you’re an RDBMS DBA that’s in this boat, then I’d like to offer you a short, free book I’ve written entitled, “A DBA’s Guide to NoSQL”. While the book’s emphasis is (surprise!) Apache Cassandra, it provides a good general overview of NoSQL, how NoSQL differs from an RDBMS and Hadoop, and guidelines for qualifying in/out a NoSQL database for a prospective application.

In addition, it looks at how all key aspects of a DBA’s job such as database design, physical database creation/configuration, security, object management, backup/recovery, monitoring and tuning, data migrations, and more, are carried out in a NoSQL database like Apache Cassandra. It also does its best at mapping RDBMS concepts to the NoSQL world so you can quickly see what’s the same and what’s different.

If you’re a DBA new to NoSQL, I hope you’ll download this free book and give it a read. I also hope you’ll find it helpful in understanding NoSQL and Cassandra from a DBA perspective and that it assists you in understanding how and why this technology is one you really want to have in your professional repertoire.



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