K8ssandra now runs on ‘any’ Kubernetes

K8ssandra, an open-source distribution of the Apache Cassandra database on Kubernetes, is now available on any Kubernetes environment.

When we say ‘any’, we mean any.

It is available on any Kubernetes environment including distro-specific integrations for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

The news itself comes from DataStax, the company known for its [highly] scalable and available cloud-native NoSQL database built on Apache Cassandra.

Why does K8ssandra news come from DataStax?

Because in November 2020, DataStax released K8ssandra to the open source community, where its cass-operator was selected by the Apache Cassandra community as the basis for developing a single, community-based operator with contributions from Orange and others.

Get modern on data

K8ssandra is said to combine the flexible cloud-native benefits of Kubernetes together with the global scale of Cassandra to provides a modern cloud-native database for modern data applications.

“Apache Cassandra is a highly scalable, fast and reliable database and running it on Kubernetes removes many of the operation hurdles around installation, customisation and maintenance,” said Ravi Madireddy, lead software engineer at Cloudleaf.

Cloudleaf, Inc. works in digital supply chain solutions and has been running Cassandra at scale on Kubernetes as a stateful set for several years now as part of its digital visibility platform. 

“This is the decade of data and enterprises are building new data architectures to transform their businesses. The challenge is, how do we make data fluid and scalable? How do we make it modern and containerised? It’s exciting to see the community engagement behind K8ssandra and the many other projects that are breaking down the barriers to running data on Kubernetes,” said Sam Ramji, chief strategy officer at DataStax.

According to a 2020 CNCF survey, the use of containers in production has increased to 92%, up from 84% last year and up 300% from 2016 and Kubernetes use in production has increased to 83%, up from 78% in 2019.

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