Sequel for NoSQL

NoSQL leader Apache Cassandra gets big update in Cassandra v1.1

Chris Mayer

Already gaining heavyweight admirers for its linear scalability, the Apache Foundation releases the next iteration of its NoSQL powerhouse database

Since Apache Cassandra 1.0 emerged in October, the Big Data
tectonic plates have shifted somewhat. There’s been a lot of
traction across the board from enterprises – some choosing Apache
Hadoop, some Cassandra or even MongoDB as their selection for
embracing a highly scalable and distributed solution. Whether they
need it to distribute data quickly or analyse the incoming data,
there’s a choice for all.

NoSQL leading light Cassandra has certainly been one to watch
with some heavyweights picking that solution for their needs. The
enterprises putting their faith in Cassandra cover a broad spectrum
such as Adobe, Cisco, Digg, Expedia, Formspring, IBM,
Netflix, Rackspace, Reddit, Spotify, Twitter and even the US
Government. The first major version was a signal that Cassandra was
ready to lead the Big Data charge. The largest Cassandra
production cluster so far exceeds 300 terabytes of data over 400
machines which definitely supports that claim.

Now just six months on, the Apache Foundation released the next
iteration of Apache Cassandra after testing the water.
The highly-scalable, distributed database which can
handle thousands of requests across several hundred clusters, has
received plaudits for its efficiency and flexibility as it can be
used in the Cloud or partially on-premise in a hybrid data

Jonathan Ellis, Vice President of Apache
Cassandra proclaimed the first steps in 1.0 were a ‘huge milestone’
for Cassandra, but is looking to the future now. He speaks highly
of the next version saying “v1.1 improves on that foundation with
many features and enhancements that developers and administrators
have been asking for.”

His statement holds water. Aside from
improved caching, Apache Cassandra v1.1 features a revised query
language (CQL –Cassandra Query Language– a subset of SQL), storage
control, schema/structure, Hadoop integration/output , data
directory control, and scalability. The linkup with fellow Apache
Big Data stablemate Hadoop is hardly surprising and seeing the two
in tandem could indeed make a Big Data

This release signals Cassandra’s intentions for the long-run as
it enters a stage of maturity. We can’t wait to see what’s next –
can it get even better? Probably.

Apache Cassandra software is released under the Apache License
v2.0, and is overseen by a Project Management Committee (PMC) that
guides the Project’s day-to-day operations, community development,
and product releases. Apache Cassandra source code, downloads,
documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available
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