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Industry Database Technologies
Genre Multi-Model DBMS
Founded April 2010, Texas, USA.
  • Jonathan Ellis (CTO)
  • Matt Pfeil
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA, United States
Key people
Billy Bosworth (CEO)
Jonathan Ellis (Co-Founder)
Matt Pfeil (Co-Founder)
Number of employees

DataStax, Inc. is a data management software vendor. It competes with legacy RDBMS database products from Oracle. DataStax employees are key contributors to the open-source Apache Cassandra project. The company has more than 400 employees and several offices overseas. Its customers included one-third of the Fortune 100.


  • DataStax Enterprise

DataStax Enterprise (DSE) is a data platform, powered by the open-source Apache Cassandra  (a NoSQL database known for achieving continuous uptime at scale for real-time operational transactions). It includes integrated operational analytics and search using Apache Spark and Apache Solr respectively. Language bindings provided with DSE include Java, Node.js, .NET, Python, Ruby, and C/C++. Administration and monitoring of workloads is managed via DSE OpsCenter. DataStax Studio is a developer environment for visualizing, tuning, and managing schemas. DSE is available in several editions.

  • DataStax Graph

DataStax Graph is a superset of DataStax Enterprise. DSE Graph handles large, complex, relationship-heavy data sets as the most scalable graph database on the market, capable of executing both transactional and analytical workloads in an always-on, horizontally scalable data platform.   

  • DataStax Managed Cloud

DataStax offers DataStax Enterprise as a managed service with DataStax Managed Cloud announced in November 2016.

Customer Experience Initiative[edit]

On March 15, 2017, DataStax announced a comprehensive strategy to help enterprises design and implement their critical Customer Experience (CX) applications, which are essential to meet the demanding needs of the “right-now economy.”


Apache Cassandra was initially developed internally at Facebook, to handle large data sets across multiple servers. Facebook handles 50 billion photos from its user base. Cassandra was released as an Apache open source project in 2008. DataStax provides the history of Apache Cassandra and DataStax in an eBook.

The company's two founders, Jonathan Ellis and Matt Pfeil, left Rackspace in 2010 to found DataStax (original name: Riptano). DataStax Enterprise 1.0 was released in October 2011. The company moved to Santa Clara, CA in 2014.

In February 2015, DataStax acquired Aurelius LLC, the innovators behind the open source graph database TitanDB. DSE 5.0 was released in mid-2016 with the addition of DSE Graph.

In November 2016, the company announced its acquisition of DataScale.