Shiyi Gu

Watch How Customers Interact with Your Web Application on Jaco with DataStax Enterprise

By Shiyi GuMay 14, 2015

This post is one in a series of quick-hit interviews with companies using Apache Cassandra and/or DataStax Enterprise (DSE) for key parts of their business.  For this interview, we talked with Itay Adler who is CTO at Jaco.

“With us not being experienced with the NoSQL world, it’s great to have one solution that lets us easily use Cassandra along with search and analytics. There’s no need to set up and correctly configure all of those software pieces ourselves.”

Itay Adler
CTO, Jaco

DataStax: Itay, we appreciate you taking the time to talk with us today. What are you guys up to at Jaco?

Itay: We provide a web-based user experience testing and analytics solution that allows our customers to see and understand exactly how their customers use their Web applications. It’s very simple to set up and in just a few minutes our customers can see recordings of how their products are actually being used.

All user interactions are recorded in session repositories for easy viewing. Our vision is to provide our customers with deep insight into how their Web apps are truly being used so they can ensure an exceptional end user experience.

DataStax: Where do you run – on Amazon?

Itay: Yes, we’re cloud-based and on AWS.

DataStax: What caused you to seek out a NoSQL solution like Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise for your product?

Itay: Right from the beginning, we knew we’d be dealing with big amounts of data and large write volumes. To us, this equated to a NoSQL database and one that was distributed in nature. We did our research and Cassandra scored the highest in our evaluations and ended up being the top performer.

DataStax: What caused you to choose DataStax Enterprise over open source Cassandra?

Itay: I’m always interested in the shortest path to success. With DataStax Enterprise, we can create new database clusters in minutes. That’s just awesome and exactly the kind of help we’re looking for.

We’re newbies to NoSQL and for us to go from nothing to a production-ready cluster in such a short time was just amazing. It just works. Having things like the advanced functionality in OpsCenter and all the automatic maintenance functions like auto-repair is fantastic. All this means we don’t have to figure these things out for ourselves – all that pain goes away.

In addition, we’ll be using DSE Search very soon to help with our reporting and end-user query activity.

Lastly, we’re strongly considering the use of Spark analytics. Looking at Spark outside of DataStax was a bit intimidating, but DataStax Enterprise makes it easy. I can just enable Spark on a node – and boom – it works.

DataStax: What advice would you give to folks like you who are new to NoSQL?

Itay: You need to understand when to use NoSQL vs. an RDBMS. I would have used Postgres for our application if I could have, but it just wasn’t possible. My database would crash just after one day if I used Postgres. You need to do your homework and match the database to the application’s specific requirements.

DataStax: How would you summarize the benefits you’ve realized with DataStax Enterprise?

Itay: DataStax has just been awesome for us in terms of customer success. It’s been an extremely smooth experience for us to work with all of you and flush out how we needed to design our application.

We also really appreciate the vision you have for your product. With us not being experienced with the NoSQL world, it’s great to have one solution that lets us easily use Cassandra along with search and analytics. There’s no need to set up and correctly configure all of those software pieces ourselves.

DataStax: That’s great to hear. Thanks for the time today.

Itay: Sure thing, continue to be awesome!





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