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November 14, 2013

DataStax Announces NoSQL Database With Automatic Management Services

Nov. 14 – DataStax, the company that powers the online applications that transform business, today announced that it is the first NoSQL database provider to offer built-in automatic management services, which allow users to proactively manage and optimize their database clusters. The new versions of DataStax’s Apache Cassandra-based database software and visual monitoring tools enable companies to put their database operations on “auto-pilot,” confident that they will have the capacity needed to meet their customers’ demand and ensure constant uptime.

“By automating repair and capacity planning functions, DataStax Enterprise 3.2 allows developers to focus on their revenue-generating applications instead of their underlying database technology,” said Robin Schumacher, vice president, products, DataStax. “With DataStax Management Services, DSE 3.2 delivers an easy to use and reliable out-of-the-box experience for companies who want to reap the scalability and availability benefits of Cassandra without the operational overhead of open source software.”

DSE 3.2 Continues String Of Industry-First Innovations From DataStax

DataStax was the first company to provide integrated and fault-tolerant analytics and enterprise search in a NoSQL database, the first to market with a comprehensive security feature set for NoSQL, and the first vendor to provide a visual developer tool for NoSQL. Now, DataStax is the first NoSQL platform to supply built-in, automatic management services for an enterprise NoSQL database platform.

Reducing Management Overhead – DataStax Management Services 

The new DataStax Management Services are designed to help developers and system administrators set the management of their NoSQL database clusters on autopilot. The services are architected to intelligently and transparently manage many aspects of a database cluster, which results in less management overhead for IT personnel. DSE 3.2 introduces DataStax Management Services by delivering the first two services in the management suite: the Repair and Capacity services.

The Repair service automatically keeps data consistent across a distributed database cluster and eliminates the guesswork and manual effort needed to run repair operations. The Repair service provides the best of both worlds to operations staff by transparently keeping data consistent in a cluster and doing so with little to no performance impact.

The Capacity service automatically collects key metrics about a database cluster and enables easy historical trend analysis as well as the forecasting of future needs. The new service proactively helps database professionals understand when new capacity will be needed and assists in keeping online applications always up and performing well.

DSE 3.2 also provides increased capabilities for those wanting to run analytics and enterprise search operations on Cassandra data. Faster performance via multi-threading in Solr and predicate pushdowns in Hive are realized, while increased support for CQL (Cassandra Query Language) enable developers to work with features such as collections and composite columns.

Improved Visual Database Management – DataStax OpsCenter 4.0

DataStax also announced OpsCenter 4.0, which includes a number of new features including an improved user interface that provides new visual performance overviews of a cluster that make it quick to understand the state of a cluster and optimize its performance and uptime. New management-in-mass/bulk operations capabilities make it easy to perform any maintenance task across many nodes at the same time; and version 4.0 allows developers to visually manage and monitor the new DataStax Management Services within DSE 3.2.

Already companies like online bill payment provider, Allied Payment Network, use OpsCenter 4.0 to power their online applications.

“We’re impressed with the new management services in DataStax Enterprise as well as the new capabilities in OpsCenter,” said Brian Rumschlag, systems architect, Allied Payment Network. “Having each cluster’s data consistency automatically maintained with the new repair service and being able to forecast future needs with the capacity planning capabilities are big ease-of-use wins for us. Plus, our operations staff loves the new health dashboards in OpsCenter and ability to do bulk operations on many nodes at once.”