Overheard: Word of the Day

May 24 2012   11:42AM GMT

Overheard talking about Cassandra

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

For many years, open source was seen as a trailing effort to proprietary projects. In the big data/NoSQL space, this has been turned on its head. Cassandra is a really good example of how openness is leading the development of next-generation infrastructure technology.” — Joe Brockmeier

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Cassandra, a highly-scalable NoSQL open source database system that was created for Facebook but has since become a top-level project over at the Apache Software Foundation.  Cassandra’s claim to fame? She can handle hundreds of thousands of requests per second.  According to Apache,  the largest Cassandra production cluster as of this writing exceeds 300 terabytes of data over 400 machines.

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