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IndustryDatabase Technologies
GenreMulti-Model DBMS
FoundedApril 2010
Austin, TX, USA
  • Jonathan Ellis (CTO)
  • Matt Pfeil
United States
Key people
Billy Bosworth (CEO)
Jonathan Ellis (Co-Founder & CTO)
Steve Rowland (President)
Robert O'Donovan (CFO)
Number of employees
450+ (Nov 2017)[1]

DataStax, Inc. is a data management company based in Santa Clara, California.[2] The company was built on[clarification needed] Apache Cassandra. As of October 2017, the company has roughly 400 customers distributed in over 50 countries.[3][4]


DataStax was built on the open source NoSQL database Apache Cassandra. Cassandra was initially developed internally at Facebook to handle large data sets across multiple servers,[5] and was released as an Apache open source project in 2008.[6] In 2010, Jonathan Ellis and Matt Pfeil left Rackspace, where they had worked with Cassandra, to launch Riptano in Austin, Texas.[5][7] Ellis and Pfeil later renamed the company DataStax, and moved its headquarters to Santa Clara, California.[2][8]

The company went on to create its own proprietary version of Cassandra, a NoSQL database called DataStax Enterprise (DSE).[5] Version 1.0, released in October 2011, was the first commercial distribution of the Cassandra database, designed to provide real-time application performance and heavy analytics on the same physical infrastructure.[1][9] It grew to include advanced security controls, graph database models, operational analytics and advanced search capabilities.[10]

In September 2014, DataStax raised $106 million in a Series E funding round, raising the total investment in the company to $190 million.[2]

In April 2016, the company announced the release of DataStax Enterprise Graph, adding graph data model functionality to DSE.[11]

In March 2017, DataStax announced the release of its DSE platform 5.1, which included improved search capabilities, improved security control, improvements to its Graph data management and improvements to operational analytics performance. DataStax also announced a shift in strategy, with an added focus on customer experience applications. Rather than a new set of technologies, the company started to offer advice on best practice to users of its core DSE platform.[12][10]

In April 2018, DataStax released DSE 6, with the new version focused on businesses using a hybrid cloud computing model, with all the benefits of a distributed cloud database on any public cloud or on-premise, twice the responsiveness and ability to handle twice the throughput.[13][14]

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  1. ^ a b Cohan, Peter (24 Nov 2017). "DataStax Partners With Oracle In $46B Database Market".
  2. ^ a b c Gage, Deborah (4 September 2014). "DataStax Raises $106 Million in New Pre-IPO Round, Chips Away at Oracle". Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ Banks, Martin (6 October 2017). "DataStax adds Oracle to provide practical collaboration".
  4. ^ Clancy, Heather (14 April 2015). "DataStax just scored a big partnership with HP. Here's why". Fortune.
  5. ^ a b c "OUT IN THE OPEN: THE ABANDONED FACEBOOK TECH THAT NOW HELPS POWER APPLE". Wired. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  6. ^ Jackson, Joab (18 October 2011). "Apache Cassandra Ready for the Enterprise". CIO.
  7. ^ Clark, Don (26 October 2010). "Start-Up Riptano Predicts Success With Cassandra Database". Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ Harris, Derrick (4 September 2014). "NoSQL is growing up, and DataStax just raised $106M to prove it".
  9. ^ Harris, Derrick (20 September 2011). "DataStax gets $11M, fuses NoSQL and Hadoop".
  10. ^ a b Carey, Scott (4 October 2017). "How DataStax wants its NoSQL platform to drive the 'right now economy'". Computerworld UK.
  11. ^ Miller, Ron (12 April 2016). "DataStax adds graph databases to enterprise Cassandra product set".
  12. ^ "DataStax CEO launches new CX strategy – focus shifting from tech to business". diginomica. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  13. ^ Sargent, Jenna (19 April 2018). "DataStax Enterprise 6 released with double the Apache Cassandra performance". San Diego Times.
  14. ^ Whiting, Rick (17 April 2018). "DataStax Pushes The Cloud Database Performance Boundary With New Release".

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