Ben Bromhead

Ben Bromhead

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

As Chief Technology Officer and co-founder at Instaclustr, Ben sets the technical direction for the company. Ben is located in our California office and he is active in the Apache Cassandra community.

Prior to Instaclustr, Ben had been working as an independent consultant developing NoSQL solutions for enterprises and he ran a high-tech cryptographic and cyber security formal testing laboratory at BAE Systems and Stratsec.

Ben's Articles

Apache Cassandra 4.0 – Audit

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Apache Cassandra 4.0 brings about a long awaited feature for tracking and logging database user activity. Primarily aimed at providing a robust set of audit capabilities allowing operators of Cassandra to meet external...

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Apache Cassandra 4.0 – Netty Transport

Friday 14th February 2020

In this series of blog posts, we’ll take a meandering tour of some of the important changes, cool features, and nice ergonomics that are coming with Apache Cassandra 4.0. In part 1 we focussed...

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Apache Cassandra 4.0 – Virtual Tables

Tuesday 4th February 2020

The last major version release of Apache Cassandra was 3.11.0 and that was more than 2 years ago in 2017. So what has the Cassandra developer community been doing over the last 2...

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What We Learned at AWS re:invent 2018

Friday 7th December 2018

Last week, 11 intrepid team members from Instaclustr traveled from the corners of the world to brave 140+ hours in Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent, Amazon’s flagship conference for AWS and one of...

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Open Source Cassandra – Operator for Kubernetes

Thursday 13th September 2018

As Kubernetes becomes the de facto for container orchestration, more and more developers (and enterprises) want to run Apache Cassandra on Kubernetes. It’s easy to get started with this – especially considering the...

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The Next Generation Cassandra Conference (NGCC)

Thursday 19th October 2017

NGCC Summary The Next Generation Cassandra Conference (NGCC) is an annual meeting of developers, contributors, committers, driver authors and anyone interested in the development of Apache Cassandra where they can all get together...

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Masters scholarship with University of Canberra

Thursday 9th February 2017

Overview As part of our commitment to contributing back to the Apache Cassandra open source project and the wider community we are always looking for ways we can foster knowledge sharing and improve...

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Apache Cassandra: The Big Data Foundation

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Introduction To state the obvious, we here at Instaclustr are massive fans of Apache Cassandra. We have built our company and our managed service around this database technology and the awesomeness of its...

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Apache Cassandra 3.x and Materialized Views

Tuesday 7th June 2016

Overview Apache Cassandra 3.0 introduces a new feature called materialized views. Materialized views behave like they do in other database systems, you create a table that is populated by the results of a...

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Modernising a nation’s payment infrastructure

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Background In October 2014 RBA Governor Glenn Stevens announced that he wanted Australian banks to work together and modernise the nation’s payment systems to keep pace with technological innovations.  He issued an ultimatum...

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Presentation: Ben Bromhead, Cassandra Summit 2014

Thursday 6th November 2014

Streaming From Backups – Reducing Cluster Load When Adding Nodes Speaker: Ben Bromhead, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer at Instaclustr One of the difficulties with scaling your cluster to cope with additional traffic...

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