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04/26/2012
Apache Delivers Version 1.1 of Cassandra NoSQL Database

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced the release of Apache Cassandra 1.1, the highly scalable open-source distributed database.

Cassandra 1.1 handles massive data sets across community machines, large server clusters and data centers without compromising performance, and it does so running in the cloud or partially on-premise in a hybrid data store. Apache Cassandra 1.1 delivers improved caching, revised query language (CQL–Cassandra Query Language–a subset of SQL), storage control, schema/structure, Hadoop integration/output, data directory control and scalability.

"Apache Cassandra is the leading scalable NoSQL database in terms of production installations—the 1.0 release was a huge milestone," said Jonathan Ellis, vice president of Apache Cassandra, in a statement. "Version 1.1 improves on that foundation with many features and enhancements that developers and administrators have been asking for."

ASF officials said Cassandra is gaining attention as a best-of-breed "NoSQL" solution for its ease of use, powerful data model, enterprise-grade reliability, tunable performance and incremental scalability with no single point of failure. Cassandra accommodates high query volumes at high speed (sub-millisecond writes) with low latency, and handles petabytes of data across formats and applications in real time.

The ASF said the largest Cassandra production cluster to date exceeds 300 terabytes of data over 400 machines.

Cassandra entered the Apache Incubator in 2009, and graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project in February 2010. Apache Cassandra version 1.0 was released in October 2011.

News source: eweek.com

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