While some websites were forced offline as a result of Xen hypervisor updates affecting multiple cloud providers, Netflix once again remained up entirely. The biggest fear last weekend was for the nearly one-tenth of its Cassandra nodes that had to be rebooted.
DataStax, like a couple other of its NoSQL peers, has come a long way since it launched a few years ago. Now valued at $830 million and selling into some of the world’s largest companies, life is a bit different.
The database-as-a-platform startup wants to help companies that may not know a lot about databases choose the right one (or more) that fits for them. In order for it to do that, it has to move beyond simply working with MongoDB.
A Huntsville, Ala., company is moving from the machine-to-machine world into cloud platforms and big data. Here’s how it did it and how it thinks its work could actually end up saving lives.
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.
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.
DataStax has raised $45 million in series D round to scale its business of selling enterprises on the Cassandra NoSQL database. It might not get all the attention, but Cassandra does have some big users.
Having realized that 10 percent of its customer base is in the EMEA region, DataStax has launched a subsidiary there to further push its bundle of Hadoop, Cassandra and Solr.
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.
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.