What to expect from Scylla Summit 2019

The Computer Weekly Developer Network and Open Source Insider team are big fans of Greek classics, San Francisco clam chowder shared-nothing architectures and open source-centric real-time big data databases.

Luckily then, we’re off to Scylla Summit 2019, staged in San Francisco on November 5 and 6.

Scylla (the company) takes its name directly from Scylla [pronounced: sill-la], a Greek god sea monster whose mission was to haunt and torment the rocks of a narrow strait of water opposite the Charybdis whirlpool.

Outside of Greek history, Scylla is an open source essentially distributed NoSQL data store that uses a sharded design on each node, meaning each CPU core handles a different subset of data.

TECHNICAL NOTE: Sharding is a type of database partitioning that separates very large databases the into smaller, faster, more easily managed parts called data shards. Technically speaking, sharding is a synonym for horizontal partitioning.

Scylla is fully compatible with Apache Cassandra and embraces a shared-nothing approach that increases throughput and storage capacity as much as 10X that of Cassandra itself.

Yay, for users

Scylla Summit is heavily focused on users and use cases. As such, the 2019 Scylla User Award Categories will look to recognise the most innovative use of Scylla, the biggest node reduction with Scylla and the best Scylla cloud use case.

Other commendations in the company’s awards will include: best real-time use case; biggest big data use case; Scylla community member of the year; best use of Scylla with Kafka; Best Use of Scylla with Spark; and best use of Scylla with a graph database.

“There’s nothing we enjoy more than seeing the creative and impressive things our users are doing with Scylla. With that in mind, we presented our Scylla User Awards at last week’s Scylla Summit, where we brought the winners up on stage for a big round of applause and bestowed them with commemorative trophies,” wrote Scylla’s Bob Dever in his capacity as VP of marketing.

According to the company’s official event statement, Scylla Summit features three days of customer use cases, training sessions, product demonstrations and news from ScyllaDB.

Best & brightest

Developers share best practices, product managers learn how to reduce the cost and complexity of their infrastructure and entrepreneurs connect with the best and brightest in the community.

Scylla CEO Dor Laor insists that this year’s Scylla Summit is shaping up well and he notes that the company will roll-out first-of-their-kind features.

“We will announce our lightweight transactions and CDC capabilities, dig into our new Scylla Alternator API for DynamoDB users and hear from some of the world’s most innovative companies about how they’re putting Scylla to work. We’ll also unveil results of a major new performance test. If you thought it was something when we hit one million OPS per node — you haven’t seen anything yet. As always, Scylla Summit will be a great place to get inspired, learn from your colleagues and keep up to date with the latest advances in big data and NoSQL,” said Laor.

TECHNICAL NOTE: Laor mentions CDC in the above quote… so, in the world of databases, Change Data Capture (CDC) is a set of software design patterns used to determine (and track) the data that has changed so that action can be taken using the changed data.

“At past events, people have told us that the conversations they have at Scylla Summit have helped shaped their big data strategies,” said Dor Laor, CEO of ScyllaDB. “This is a chance to share ideas with the smartest, most plugged-in members of the NoSQL and big data communities. It’s completely relaxed, massively useful and lots of fun.”

The company is also likely to announce a note of new customers and spell out its wider roadmap.

Scylla tweets at @ScyllaDB, the event hashtag is #ScyllaSummit and a note of speakers can be found here.

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