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Microsoft Azure partners with DataStax

Microsoft Azure and Cassandra company DataStax announces a partnership that will see the DataStax Enterprise package available on the Azure cloud platform

Microsoft has partnered with NoSQL company DataStax to deliver internet of things (IoT), web and mobile applications.

The two companies announced at the Cassandra Summit on 24 September 2015 that they will use DataStax Enterprise on Microsoft Azure to enable developers to deploy and monitor enterprise-ready applications across public and private clouds.

DataStax – which supplies enterprise systems based on always-on fully distributed, open-source Apache Cassandra databases – has partnered with Microsoft to address “ever-increasing demands of modern businesses transitioning from on-premise to hybrid cloud environments”.

“We are witnessing an increased adoption of DataStax Enterprise deployments in hybrid cloud environments, so closely aligning with Microsoft benefits any organisation looking to quickly and easily build high-performance IoT, mobile and web apps,” said DataStax CEO Billy Bosworth.

Speaking at the Cassandra Summit, Bosworth hailed Scott Guthrie, executive director at Microsoft cloud and enterprise division, as one of his big heroes.

“It’s been an interesting shift, dealing with Microsoft in this era of Azure, where it has opened its aperture to non-traditional Microsoft technologies,” said Bosworth.

DataStax Enterprise being offered on Microsoft Azure will help companies and developers create a unique transactional database, which can exist in the cloud and in a physical datacentre at the same time, without customers ever having to experience any downtime.

As companies increasingly move towards building applications in the cloud, “DataStax has proved to be a natural Azure partner through its ability to enable enterprises to build systems that can scale across thousands of servers which is necessary in today’s hyper-scale cloud environment,” said Guthrie. 

“It’s a new Microsoft we’re looking to build, where we put customers at the centre of what we do and enable them to transport their businesses and build great applications in the cloud, which means enabling them to use every technology – so we love Windows, we love Linux, we love open source.

 “Not only are we looking to embrace open source – which is a big change for us and we’re still on the journey – but it will open up a lot of possibilities.”

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