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Instaclustr delivers improved Cassandra price/performance with AWS R4 Instance Types

Instaclustr has released support for two new R4 class node configurations for using with our Apache Cassandra and Apache Spark Managed Service. The R4 is AWS newest instance type. It is in the...
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Instaclustr open-sources Cassandra sstable analysis tools

At Instaclustr we spend a lot of time managing Cassandra clusters - we have team of 8 engineers that 24x7 do nothing but manage Cassandra clusters. Big clusters, tiny clusters, clusters with awesome...
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Instaclustr Masters scholarship in conjunction with University of Canberra

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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Securing your Apache Cassandra cluster

The new year has begun, and with it has come a wave of database compromises. Cyber-criminals targeting "low hanging fruit" are using public search engines such as Shodan to discover and exploit...
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Instaclustr open-sources Cassandra sstable analysis tools

Instaclustr open-sources Cassandra sstable analysis tools

At Instaclustr we spend a lot of time managing Cassandra clusters - we have team of 8 engineers that 24x7 do nothing but manage Cassandra clusters. Big clusters, tiny clusters, clusters with awesome data models and clusters with less awesome data models - we manage...

Scaling with Open Source Software

Scaling with Open Source Software

Overview As we close out what has been an exciting year for Instaclustr, which has culminated in our recent announcement of a $7m private investment round, I thought it was timely to provide some insight into our company and plans for 2017 and beyond. Over the last 3...

Instaclustr open-sources Cassandra sstable analysis tools

Instaclustr open-sources Cassandra sstable analysis tools

At Instaclustr we spend a lot of time managing Cassandra clusters - we have team of 8 engineers that 24x7 do nothing but manage Cassandra clusters. Big clusters, tiny clusters, clusters with awesome data models and clusters with less awesome data models - we manage...

Securing your Apache Cassandra cluster

Securing your Apache Cassandra cluster

The new year has begun, and with it has come a wave of database compromises. Cyber-criminals targeting "low hanging fruit" are using public search engines such as Shodan to discover and exploit unsecured MongoDB, Elasticsearch, Hadoop and Cassandra clusters. The...

Apache Cassandra Security

Apache Cassandra security has hit the new lately with a benevolent hacker attempting to warn owners of unsecured Cassandra databases about their exposure (see...

Apache Cassandra: The Big Data Foundation

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 capability. There are a lot of well documented use cases and...

Migrating from a Relational Database to Apache Cassandra

Migrating from a Relational Database to Apache Cassandra

Many applications running today are built using relational database technology such as PostgresSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle Database. Relational technology was the mainstay database for applications development for at least 20 years. However, the...

Zero Downtime Migration to Instaclustr

Zero Downtime Migration to Instaclustr

One question we often get from prospective customers is “Can you migrate my existing Cassandra cluster to Instaclustr without any downtime?”. The answer to that is, of course, “YES!”.  We have done this on numerous occasions now.  This blog gives a brief...

Cassandra NoSQL Data Model Design

Abstract This paper describes the process that we follow at Instaclustr to design a Cassandra data model for our customers. While not a prescriptive, formal process it does define phases and steps that our team follows when we are design a new data model for our...

Instaclustr Insights: Meet Adam Zegelin

Instaclustr Insights: Meet Adam Zegelin

Name Adam Zegelin Role Instaclustr Co-founder and Senior Software Engineer Location Canberra, Australia   How did you get started working in IT? It was a natural progression of sorts. I have been interested in computers from an early age. I am also a causal PC...

Instaclustr Insights: Meet Christophe Schmitz

Instaclustr Insights: Meet Christophe Schmitz

Name Christophe Schmitz Role Senior Software engineer Location Canberra, Australia What has your role as Senior Software Engineer at Instaclustr involved? In the last six months I have mostly been involved in a consultancy role, helping our clients to deliver scalable...

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