SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, today announced featured keynote speakers Jeff Ludwig, VP Network Platform Data and Engineering from Sony Network Entertainment and Yi Li, CEO of image recognition software start-up Orbeus. These industry experts will share with more than 3,000 global attendees how Life on Cassandra has transformed their business. The event is set to take place September 10-11 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco and will also showcase keynotes from Apache Cassandra Project chair and DataStax Co-Founder Jonathan Ellis as well as DataStax's CEO Billy Bosworth.

Accenture, Microsoft, Walmart, Vormetric, Blackbird, Cloudwick, Impetus, Compuware, Datadog, Databricks and Instaclustr are among the leading-edge sponsors for the fifth annual Cassandra Summit.

Perspectives on Cassandra & The Summit
"At Google, we invented massively scalable databases," said Brian Lynch, Cloud Solutions Architect, Google Cloud Platform. "Cassandra is helping users on our Cloud Platform build their own massively scalable applications."

"High availability with reliable performance is a big win for us," said Daniel Chia, Software Engineer, at Coursera. "With Cassandra, our customers around the world will be able to take any course, anytime through our new on-demand model."

"We chose Cassandra to solve the data scale and lifecycle problems that challenged our traditional RDBMS solutions," said Doug Wehmeier, Director of Platform Services, at Zoosk. "Since we have implemented the database, the predictable scaling and high availability has significantly improved the work/life balance of Zoosk DBAs."

"We are honored to host the world's largest gathering of Apache Cassandra developers and promote how its most successful users have transformed business and delivered exceptional customer experiences," said Billy Bosworth, CEO, DataStax. "The thriving community at this year's Summit will reinforce how successful Life is on Cassandra."

5th Annual Cassandra Summit Event Details
The event will be the largest gathering of Cassandra users ever with more than 3,000 attendees expected to join at the Summit and meetups taking place around the world in cities including Athens, Barcelona, London, Cape Town, Tel Aviv and Toronto. Attendees will hear how users have transformed business, exceeded customer demands, and accelerated growth with Cassandra, the world's fastest and most scalable distributed database management system.

The two-day Summit consists of more than 60 sessions for developers, administrators and executives. Attendees will hear from game-changing industry experts about how to build their enterprise infrastructure to deliver the capabilities and flexibility needed to compete in today's data-driven world. The packed agenda includes:

  • A training day for more than 600 attendees
  • An executive track featuring companies that are engaging customers in new ways as they transform themselves using Cassandra
  • A technical track for deep dives into best practices for architecture, development and operations, including:
    • Cassandra at Apple for Massive Scale
    • Sony PS4 and Cassandra: Lessons Learned
    • Apache Cassandra at ING: Testing the Waters

First Ever 2 Day Cassandra Committers Master Class
Immediately after the Summit, selected applicants will join six Apache Cassandra committers for two days of intense workshops and coding on September twelfth and thirteenth This gives users a chance to get up-close and personal with those driving the world's most advanced open source database.

To register, and for continuous updates on the agenda, sessions, speakers and sponsors, visit: Cassandra Summit 2014 and follow #Cassandra Summit on Twitter.

About DataStax
DataStax delivers Apache Cassandra™, the leading distributed database technology, to the enterprise. Apache Cassandra™ is built to be agile, always-on, and predictably scalable to any size.

With more than 500 customers in over 50 countries, DataStax is the database technology and transactional backbone of choice for the world's most innovative companies such as Netflix, Adobe, Intuit, and eBay. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., DataStax is backed by industry-leading investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Meritech Capital and Crosslink Capital. For more information, visit or follow us @DataStax.

About Apache Cassandra
Apache Cassandra is an open source distributed database management system designed to handle large amounts of data across many commodity servers, providing high availability with no single point of failure. Cassandra offers robust support for clusters spanning multiple data centers,[1] with asynchronous masterless replication allowing low latency operations for all clients.

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