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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Cassandra™ v2.1
Date Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:00:53 GMT
>>this announcement is also available online at http://s.apache.org/jwx

Highest performing "NoSQL" distributed Big Data database now faster, with improved analytics
and ease-of-use. 

Forest Hill, MD –11 September 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives,
today announced at the Cassandra Summit the availability of Apache™ Cassandra™ v2.1, the
highly-performant Big Data distributed database. 

"Every release reinforces why Cassandra is the database of choice for growing enterprises,"
said Jonathan Ellis, Vice President of Apache Cassandra and CTO of DataStax. "With 2.1 delivering
over 50% better performance over 2.0's already-strong numbers, Cassandra 2.1 lets our users
continuously improve their engagement with their customers at the highest speeds to date."

Apache Cassandra is an Open Source, "NoSQL" distributed database management system designed
to handle large amounts of data across many commodity servers quickly and reliably, whether
running in the Cloud or in a hybrid data store. Apache Cassandra has consistently led the
NoSQL market in performance: its fully-distributed architecture provides unparalleled fault
tolerance to ensure applications will not go offline, and its linear scalability allows them
to reach massive sizes while successfully handling thousands of requests per second with no
single point of failure. In addition, v2.1 is the first Cassandra release suitable for production
use on Windows. 

Apache Cassandra powers hundreds of applications across dozens of industries that demand high
performance at scale, and is in use at Adobe, Comcast, eBay, Eventbrite, GE, GoDaddy, HP,
IBM, Intuit, Netflix, Pearson, Safeway, Sky, Sony, Spotify, Travelocity, The Weather Channel,
and Zoosk, among others. 

"Cassandra 2.0 introduced critical features and functions that that let us build out a real-time
analytics engine," said Brian O'Neill, CTO at Health Market Science. "The 2.1 release tightens
the nuts and bolts and drops nitro into that engine to make those analytics blazing fast."

"Cassandra 2.1 represents an important milestone," said Duyhai Doan, Cassandra Expert at Orange.
"For us developers, the biggest game changer in 2.1 is the introduction of CQL3 tuple and
user defined type (UDT) as both pave the way for new data model patterns and usage. In addition,
the ease of use core value for Cassandra is fulfilled in this release." 

Learn More Today at Cassandra Summit 2014 
Leading-edge companies including Sony, ING, Target, Google, Credit-Suisse, Microsoft, and
Instagram will share how Apache Cassandra has transformed business and accelerated growth
at the fifth annual Cassandra Summit hosted by DataStax. Following Cassandra Summit, the inaugural
Cassandra Boot Camp workshops will take place on 12-13 September. For more information and
to register, visit http://planetcassandra.org/events/san-francisco-cassandra-summit-2014/

Availability and Oversight 
As with all Apache products, Apache Cassandra software is released under the Apache License
v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project
Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community
development and product releases. For documentation and ways to become involved with Apache
Cassandra, visit http://cassandra.apache.org/ 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) 
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than one hundred and seventy
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web
server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than
400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions
are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings,
and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations
and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google,
Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban,
WANdisco, and Yahoo.
 For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter. 

"Apache", "Apache Cassandra", "Cassandra", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software
Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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