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How Netflix Handled the Reboot of 218 Cassandra Nodes

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2014

Amazon performed a major maintenance update at the end of September in order to patch a security vulnerability in a Xen hypervisor affecting about 10% of their global fleet of cloud servers. This update involved the rebooting of those servers, with consequences for AWS users and the services they provide, including one of their largest clients, Netflix.

Vormetric Partners with DataStax to Deliver Enhanced Data-at-Rest Security in Apache Cassandra

by Abhishek Sharma on  Oct 27, 2014

Vormetric, a data security solutions provider has announced a partnership with DataStax, the company behind Apache Cassandra, to enhance the enterprise-class security features in the platform. The two companies will work together to enhance data-at-rest security that includes encryption, enhanced access controls and security intelligence in Apache Cassandra.

Oracle Database Gets In-Memory

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 28, 2014 5

Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) is now available and includes the much anticipated “In-memory” feature, along with several other improvements.

Facebook Announces Apollo, a New NoSQL Database for On-line Low Latency Storage

by Charles Humble on  Jun 13, 2014

Speaking at QCon New York on Wednesday Jeff Johnson, from the core data group at Facebook, announced Apollo, Facebook’s Paxos-like NoSQL database. Written in C++11 on top of the Apache Thrift 2 RPC framework, Apollo is a hierarchical storage system where all the data is split into shards, very much analogous to region servers in HBase.

BitCoins Lost, MongoDB and Eventual Consistency

by Abel Avram on  Apr 24, 2014 6

The recent theft from several BitCoin operators has sparked a debate whether eventually consistent databases are useful or not for banking.

HBase 0.98 Introduces Cell-based Security

by Rags Srinivas on  Mar 21, 2014

Apache released HBase 0.98 primarily addressing convergence with Apache Accumulo via cell-based security while resolving over 230 JIRA issues. These new security features are modeled after Accumulo.

Cassandra Gains Momentum On Enterprise Adoption Around 2.1 Release

by Alex Giamas on  Mar 05, 2014

Cassandra is rapidly heading towards 2.1 release, with 2.1.0-beta1 already available for evaluation. We take a look at major features introduced in the latest major release and what's coming up. Supported by DataStax, Cassandra is expanding its reach towards the enterprise world. DataStax recently announced a partner network program, Patrick McFadin called out on MongoDB's scaling issues and other

SQL Makes a Comeback through NewSQL

by Abel Avram on  Nov 08, 2013 1

New database developments indicate a return to SQL, but not by running the traditional relational stores on bigger and better hardware, not even on sharded architectures, but through NewSQL solutions.

DataStax Brings Enterprise Security To Cassandra, Hadoop, Solr

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Mar 18, 2013

Datastax Enterprise 3.0 was announced last month with several Enterprise security features for a cluster using Cassandra, Hadoop and Solr. InfoQ caught up with Robin Schumacher, VP of Products at DataStax to learn more.

Phoenix: Running SQL Queries on Apache HBase [Updated]

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2013

Salesforce.com has open sourced Phoenix, a Java layer enabling developers to run SQL queries on Apache HBase. Update: An interview on Phoenix with James Taylor, Lead Developer at Salesforce.com, has been appended.

Simba Technologies is bringing the power of SQL to Cassandra, Hadoop, BigQuery, and MongoDB

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 25, 2013 1

At its heart, SQL is a domain specific language designed to allow non-professional programmers to query databases and write ad hock reports. When a company moves from a relational database to a NoSQL offering the need for ad hock reporting doesn’t go away, it just becomes harder. Simba’s ODBC drivers shift the power back into the hands of the users.

Cassandra Gets Atomic Batches, Virtual Nodes, CQL Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 03, 2013

Cassandra 1.2 was recently released with several improvements such as virtual nodes, atomic batch support, better performance and more.

Cassandra Storage Engine for MariaDB

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 10, 2012

MariaDB has announced a preview of the Cassandra Storage Engine. This is a plugin that allows MariaDB to access Cassandra clusters using normal SQL syntax.

Precog: Big Data Analytics as a Service

by Abel Avram on  Oct 03, 2012

Precog has recently announced a Big Data warehousing and analysis service which takes care of the data capture, storage, transformation, analysis and visualization process and the infrastructure on which it runs, but leaving open various access points throughout the service via RESTful APIs enabling developers and data scientists to control the entire process.

Apache HBase on Amazon EMR

by Boris Lublinsky on  Jun 15, 2012 1

The release of Apache HBase on Amazon EMR both increases the reach of EMR by adding to it a significant new piece of technology and makes it easier to use HBase by automating many set up and maintenance activities.

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