DataStax helps enterprises offload Oracle


DataStax helps enterprises offload Oracle

Cliff Saran

DataStax Enterprise is offering large enterprises a way to offload Oracle workloads onto the Cassandra NoSQL database.

The company has developed a SQL-like query language CQL, which can help database administrators move Oracle move applications onto Cassandra.


“Oracle can’t handle situations where you have structured data hundreds of thousands of transactions. This is what DataStax  is good for,” said Jonathan Ellis, chairman of the Apache Cassandra project management committee and CTO of DataStax.

“20 of the Fortune 100 have moved from Oracle to Datastax. We are a better fit for modern applications.”

According to Ellis, relational database technologies such as Oracle are inadequate for powering modern online line-of-business applications. 

He said that once a database administrator starts looking at products such as Oracle Real Application Clusters and Exadata systems to improve scalability and performance, they should consider a NoSQL system.

One of the companies using DataStax is eBay, which is running 250 TByte Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise cluster. 

Other businesses using DataStax include the movie streaming service, Netflix and Thomson Reuters.

According to DataStax, the new version enables users to manage up to 10 times as much Cassandra data per node for many use cases with the same high levels of performance, handling more data with fewer servers. 

Applications can use the new CQL languages well as .net and Java APIs.

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