CompanyMay 2, 2019

Why Anyone into Apache Cassandra Needs to Attend Accelerate

Patrick McFadin
Patrick McFadinVP, Developer Relations & Cassandra Committer
Why Anyone into Apache Cassandra Needs to Attend Accelerate

If you are building modern applications that scale in all sorts of ways, then you’re probably into Apache Cassandra. If you’re attracted to multi-data center replication, fault tolerance, tunable consistency, and the distribution of data across clusters in a masterless architecture, then you are definitely into Cassandra. As a Cassandra enthusiast, you probably need to attend DataStax Accelerate, the world’s premier Cassandra conference, which is taking place May 21–23 near Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to spend a couple of focused days learning from others and meeting people just like yourself.

Cassandra has come a long way since it was open sourced more than 10 years ago. I myself have a long history with Cassandra, some of it painful in a “nobody gets it” kind of way. But we all know where the story is headed!

We have collectively pushed through the fear, uncertainty, and doubt to arrive at an interesting point in the history of NoSQL databases and databases in general. The real value behind the transformational technology in Cassandra is leading the migration, intentional or not, to hybrid and multi-cloud computing environments.

Hybrid cloud popularity is building as organizations become more aware of the growing technical debt around data usage and their databases. What’s your cloud strategy? How has that radically changed in the past few years? As of today, it’s hardly ever a bulk migration to one cloud. It’s a mix of old and new, which has put a lot of burden on engineers struggling to make it work.

As an open source project built with scaling in mind, Cassandra is uniquely positioned to be the go-to database of the hybrid cloud future, and DataStax expertise will play a key role in allowing companies to take full advantage of it. We get what you are trying to do and we are here to help.

As a part of that commitment, we are hosting a gathering place for the community of engineers trying to build that future. At Accelerate, we're looking forward to bringing together all kinds of Cassandra enthusiasts to meet one another, share ideas, and learn how some of today's leading enterprises are using Cassandra to change the world.

You do not want to miss this event. Just take a quick peek at some Accelerate sessions to give you an idea of what to expect:

1. Cassandra at Yahoo! Japan

Learn how Yahoo! Japan uses Cassandra at scale, spinning up as many as 5,000 servers at any time. Yahoo! Japan has been a driving force for Cassandra in Japan and hosts many awesome community events. They bring a deep expertise you won’t want to miss.

2. Two Years in the Making: What’s New with Apache Cassandra 4.0?

Apache Cassandra™ 4.0 is almost here! This session explores the new features and performance improvements you can expect, as well as the thinking that inspired the architecture of the release. There is no better source of 4.0 information than Cassandra committer  Dinesh Joshi.

3. 10 Easy Ways to Tune Your Cassandra Cluster

Are you getting the most out of your Cassandra cluster? Probably not. Discover how to pinpoint bottlenecks and learn 10 simple ways to boost performance while cutting costs. This is a talk by Jon Haddad, who has been a leader in Cassandra performance for years. You may see him on the user mailing list talking about this topic often. Here is your chance to meet him in person and get some firsthand knowledge.

4. Cassandra Traffic Management at Instagram

Instagram has been using Cassandra for years, and their deployment is still growing fast. Learn how the company has worked to improve its infrastructure over the years, increasing the efficiency and reliability of their clusters along the way.

5. Modern Data Architectures with Kafka and Cassandra

Modern companies are connecting Cassandra and Kafka to stream data from microservices, databases, IoT events, and other critical systems to answer real-time questions and make better decisions. Find out why Cassandra and Kafka should be core components of any modern data architecture.

6. Speed Up Your Apache Cassandra™ Applications: A Practical Guide to Reactive Programming

Everything is an event. To speed up applications, you need to think reactive. The DataStax team has been developing Cassandra drivers for years, and in our latest version of the enterprise driver, we introduced reactive programming. Learn how to migrate a CRUD Java service into reactive and bring home a working project.

7. Cassandra Use Cases for Large-Scale Family History

See how FamilySearch uses DataStax Enterprise to solve large-scale family history problems, handling three unique workloads in production.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out other Cassandra sessions you won’t want to miss here. See you in D.C.!

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