DataStax takes Cassandra in-memory

NoSQL startup DataStax announced on Wednesday that it has added an in-memory option to its commercial version of the Cassandra key-value database. Cassandra is seeing an uptick in adoption right now because of its scalability and ability to span data centers, and the ability to serve data from memory instead of disk will make it a lot faster, too. If the approaches of startups like DataStax, MemSQL and others are any indication, it looks like databases of the future will feature broad ranges of capabilities, data formats and storage options.

Introducing Chaos to Cassandra

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Cloud developers and engineers have probably heard about Netflix’s (s nflx)Chaos Monkey before, and now the company has turned the tool to its production Cassandra database clusters, as this post explains. Chaos Monkey isn’t just about spotting weaknesses in cloud architectures — the real goal is figuring out fixes. Netflix has improved its Cassandra clusters with real-time monitoring and automatic replacement of failed nodes.

How Disney built a big data platform on a startup budget

The big data world is full of small, scrappy startups using their ingenuity to build complex systems out of open source software, but the Walt Disney Company is not one of them. Here’s what goes into building a big data platform in a Fortune 100 company.

Because Hadoop isn’t perfect: 8 ways to replace HDFS

Hadoop is on its way to becomig the de facto platform for the next-generation of data-based applications, but it’s not without some flaws. Ironically, one of Hadoop’s biggest shortcomings right now is also one of its biggest strengths going forward — the Hadoop Distributed File System.