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DataStax Accelerate
Keynotes and Sessions

DataStax Accelerate

Explore the trends, strategies, and technologies driving application modernization and data management that will help you move your business into the future. Learn about the future of Apache Cassandra™, DataStax Constellation, a cloud-native data platform, and 70+ technical sessions designed to help you build game-changing applications in the cloud, on premises, or in a hybrid cloud environment.

In these sessions, we deliver best practices for configuring, running, and optimizing DataStax Enterprise at any scale, across any cloud.

From Apache Kafka and Kubernetes to data modeling and zero downtime, we’ve got the world’s top Cassandra and distributed database engineers providing everything you need to grow your knowledge of all things DataStax and Cassandra!


Don’t miss this amazing lineup of speakers and must-hear announcements! The DataStax Accelerate keynotes explored the trends, strategies, and technologies driving application modernization and data management that will help you move your business into the future.

Day 1 Opening Keynotes

Developers continue to accelerate change in the world. Every day new tools emerge that help them create better experiences across every aspect of life. Even though easy-to-use tools make it faster to develop better products, building apps that perform regardless of data location, size, and format remains a challenge. Similarly, operations and IT teams responsible for the deployment, upkeep, and support of new applications are simultaneously challenged and supported by new ways to deploy, be it on premises, in the cloud, or with a hybrid approach.

Watch as DataStax CEO Billy Bosworth shares how DataStax is working to make it easier for developers and operators to leverage new technologies and deployment options to accelerate the speed of business transformation, Deloitte Consulting Principal Mark White talks about Deloitte’s multi-model AI solutions on DataStax Enterprise Graph, diving into Deloitte’s MissionGraph and Opioid360 and how they help their clients address some of the most complex real-world problems of today and Judy Meyer, Microsoft VP of WW ISV Business, discusses how Microsoft Azure is helping companies achieve their transformational journey.

Day 2 Opening Keynotes

Day 2 kicks off with Nate McCall, Project Chair for Apache Cassandra, as he tells the story of Apache Cassandra, talking frankly about the changes in the community over the past couple of years and where it is now as a project. In Nate's own words: "We have come a long way in 10 years. What started as a side project to solve a specific problem using a mashup of distributed computing techniques has morphed into a mission-critical database relied on by some of the world’s largest companies. The journey to this point has had its ups and downs, drama, and intrigue. But it sure makes for a good story.

Immediately following is Jonathan Ellis, Co-Founder and CTO of DataStax, describing how DataStax is making it easier for developers to build modern applications with zero downtime, in whatever deployment model they want – from columnar to graph and hybrid cloud to multi cloud.

Day 2 Closing Keynote

In the information age, data is the new currency and access to it is power. With battle cries such as “Information wants to be free” and “Hack the planet”, Hackers have risen to infamy. But can we learn anything about innovation from them? The surprising fact is that hacking can, and often does, spur innovation. It exposes vulnerabilities and forces technologies to evolve, and consumers to demand something better. Hacking can often supply innovations, improve products, and demonstrates what is possible and how consumers want to use their technology.

This talk from Keren Elazari, Cyber Security Analyst, Author & Researcher, will show how companies and organizations that once fought hackers, can now invite them to collaborate – and how more and more people can embrace the creative aspects of hacker culture.

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Live Traffic Capture and Replay in Cassandra 4.0

Vinay Chella, Cloud Data Architect, Netflix

Innovating with Apache Cassandra

Learn Apache Cassandra fundamentals and how they apply to building applications in a highly distributed fashion.

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Data Modeling Is Dead… Long Live Schema Design

Pascal Desmarets, CEO, Hackolade

Building Modern Applications

Discover why it's imperative to rethink what's possible when it comes to data management while developing modern applications.

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Tripling Performance by Using Thread per Core with DataStax Enterprise

Robert Czupiol, Master of Science / Expert Architect, ING Bank Slaski

Succeeding with Operations and Administration

Explore best practices for configuring, optimizing, deploying, and maintaining Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise at scale across any cloud.

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DataStax Enterprise in Azure – Walgreens Path to the Cloud-Based Microservices Applications

Sergiy Smyrnov, Lead Database Architect, Walgreens

Deploying in the Cloud: Hybrid, Public, Private

Address the technical challenges of implementing a true hybrid cloud leveraging a hybrid database.

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Managing 400 Billion Requests with Zero Downtime for TurboTax

Achal Kumar, Senior Dev Manager, Intuit Data Platform Persistence, Intuit and Larry Raab, Principal Engineer/Architect, Intuit Data Platform Persistence, Intuit

Exploring Transformational Use Cases

Explore real-world use cases for transforming modern and traditional enterprise applications.

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Streaming Cassandra into Kafka

Andrew Prudhomme, Distributed Systems Engineer, Yelp and Abrar Sheikh, Data Engineer, Yelp

Going Beyond Core Cassandra with Graph, Search, and Analytics

Discover the power of Graph, analytics, and search; surface impactful insights from relationships in your data to solve complex problems.

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Massive-Scale Entity Resolution Using the Power of DataStax Enterprise

Max Melnick, Engineering Lead, Deloitte

Accelerating Transformation in the Public Sector

Discover how public sector organizations are using their data in new ways to accelerate modern IT transformation.