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DataStax Enterprise 3.0 takes on NoSQL security criticisms

Elliot Bentley

Commercial distribution of Apache Cassandra jumps “final hurdle” to enterprise adoption in 3.0 release, says CEO.

parent company of NoSQL database Cassandra have released a new
version of its commercial distribution aiming to overcome the
security criticisms that have dogged the NoSQL space.

DataStax Enterprise 3.0 is the
company’s latest spin on Apache Cassandra, bundling extra features
designed specifically for large-scale corporate environments and
deep integration with big data platforms Hadoop and Solr.

“In this release, we’ve tackled what we see as the final hurdle
inside of the enterprises towards proliferating this technology
even more, and that has been security,” CEO Billy Bosworth told
JAXenter, admitting that “pretty much all” NoSQL systems have
lacked basic security features.

“That has been a hole, a really big hole in the NoSQL market … The
ability to provide the type of security that you are accustomed to
in the relational world simply has not existed yet in the NoSQL

These include “internal authentication” – support for usernames and
passwords – and granular user rights, which will be pushed upstream
to the Cassandra code base. The absence of these features in
Cassandra “wasn’t so much of an oversight as it was a design
challenge,” says Bosworth. “We’ve always known we’ve needed

DataStax are keeping some of the more advanced security features,
including client-to-node encryption and data auditing, for their
own product, however. This includes enhanced security between
Cassandra, Hadoop and Solr integration, said Bosworth. “Because
we’ve integrated these technologies so deeply, now when we
implement these security features, they will cascade and cover all
of those use cases.”

The other aspect of the new release also includes OpsCenter, a
web-based console for managing, monitoring and restoring DataStax
clusters. It’s designed for people interested in using Cassandra
without having to “fight the raw jungle of open source”, said
Bosworth. “They really just want stuff to work, and they want to be
able to do it in a fast, easy way. That’s the stuff we provide in

With web pioneers like Adobe, eBay and Netflix already on
DataStax’s customer list, this latest release should open the doors
further to adoption by more conservative companies.

Photo by grittycitygirl.

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