Ben Slater

Chief Product Officer

As Chief Product Officer, Ben is charged with steering Instaclustr’s development roadmap and overseeing the product engineering, production support, open source, and consulting teams.

Ben has over 20 years experience in systems development, including previously being lead architect for the product that is now Oracle Policy Automation, and over 10 years as a solution architect and project manager for Accenture. He has extensive experience in managing development teams and implementing quality controlled engineering practices.

Ben Slater

Ben's Articles

General Availability of Instaclustr for Redis

Wednesday 16th September 2020

Instaclustr is pleased to announce the general availability of our managed Redis offering, Instaclustr for Redis™*, on the Instaclustr Managed Platform. After passing through our enterprise and security testing Redis has additionally been put through its paces in our the public preview. In the lead up to today’s general availability we have enriched our monitoring […]

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Preview Release of Instaclustr’s Managed Redis

Friday 15th May 2020

Instaclustr is pleased to announce the public preview of our managed in-memory database offering: Managed Redis. Latency is always a consideration and for speed nothing beats an in-memory database. Redis brings this speed and a simple interface to a variety of applications like storage, caching, messaging and stream processing. Redis provides robust levels of reliability […]

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Instaclustr Announces Preview Release of Apache Cassandra 4.0 on Instaclustr Managed Platform

Friday 6th March 2020

Instaclustr announces immediate availability of a preview release of Apache Cassandra 4.0 on the Instaclustr Managed Platform. This release is designed to allow Instaclustr customers to easily undertake any application-specific testing of Apache Cassandra 4.0 (alpha 3) in preparation for the forthcoming GA release of Apache Cassandra 4.0. Apache Cassandra 4.0, as the first major […]

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Instaclustr Announces PCI-DSS Certification

Wednesday 19th February 2020

Instaclustr is very pleased to announce that we have achieved PCI-DSS certification for our Managed Apache Cassandra and Managed Apache Kafka offerings running in AWS. PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard) is a mandated standard for many financial applications and we increasingly see the PCI-DSS controls adopted as the “gold standard” in other […]

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Using Operatr with Instaclustr Managed Kafka

Monday 4th November 2019

Instaclustr’s Managed Kafka is compatible with a wide range of Kafka tools and add-ons. One really interesting, recently released tool we have come across is Operatr. This blog walks through the main functions of Operatr and how to use it with an Instaclustr Managed Kafka cluster. What is Operatr Operatr is a tool for viewing […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose Apache Cassandra Over DynamoDB

Monday 16th September 2019

Overview – Why Apache Cassandra Over DynamoDB DynamoDB and Apache Cassandra are both very popular distributed data store technologies. Both are used successfully in many applications and production-proven at phenomenal scale.  At Instaclustr, we live and breathe Apache Cassandra (and Apache Kafka). We have many customers at all levels of size and maturity who have […]

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Introducing Certified Apache Cassandra

Thursday 9th May 2019

At Instaclustr, our vision is to provide organizations the freedom to confidently deliver applications at the highest levels of scale and reliability through open source technologies. Today, we are proud to announce the Instaclustr Certification Framework for Open Source Software and our first certified technology, Instaclustr Certified Apache Cassandra, as the latest important step towards […]

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Upgraded Compute Intensive Node Sizes for AWS Clusters

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Last year, Instaclustr upgraded its support for high throughput, compute intensive nodes on top of the AWS platform. This involved switching away from the aging c3 instance types and onto the newer c5d instance type. The new c5d instances provide better performance, better compute power and is better value for money than the c3 instances. […]

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Updated Apache Kafka Benchmarking

Monday 14th January 2019

  Late last year we published our first round of benchmarking for Apache Kafka running on our managed service. At the time, we flagged an issue that the approach we adopted did not balance reads and writes to a cluster. We’ve now completed another round of benchmarking with a balanced read and write load and […]

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Advanced Node Replace

Thursday 3rd January 2019

Instaclustr has a number of internal tools and procedures that help us keep Cassandra clusters healthy. One of those tools allows us to replace the instance backing a Cassandra node while keeping the IP’s and data. Dynamic Resizing released in June 2017 uses technology developed for that tool to allow customers to scale Cassandra clusters vertically […]

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Apache Kafka 2.0.1 and 2.1.0 – Now Available on Instaclustr Managed Platform

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Apache Kafka 2.0.1 and 2.1.0 Now Available on Instaclustr Managed Platform Instaclustr is pleased to announce immediate general availability of Apache Kafka 2.0.1 and Apache Kafka 2.1.0 on the Instaclustr Managed Platform. These release provide a wide range of enhancements to and bug fixes for the capabilities of Apache Kafka. You can view the full […]

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Apache Kafka Benchmarks for AWS, GCP and Azure

Tuesday 27th November 2018

At Instaclustr, we are often asked for comparative benchmarking between the different cloud providers we support and the different instances sizes we offer. For our Apache Kafka managed service offering, we have recently completed an extensive benchmarking exercise which we expect will help our customers in evaluating which instance types to use and differing performance […]

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Instaclustr support for Cassandra Lucene Index

Monday 22nd October 2018

Instaclustr recently announced that we will be maintaining a new fork of the Cassandra Lucene Index plug in. This blog post provides some background on that decision, Instaclustr’s support for the Lucene Index and our plans for maintaining the fork. Our main motivation behind creating this fork was to allow us to do a better […]

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General Availability – Managed Apache Kafka

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Instaclustr announces that our Managed Apache Kafka on the Instaclustr Managed Platform has now reached General Availability with full production SLAs and security controls applied. Apache Kafka adds to Instaclustr’s existing open source offerings of Apache Cassandra, Apache Spark and Elassandra, providing customers the opportunity to use a single managed service provider for a complete […]

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Open Source Use Cases In Financial Services

Sunday 25th March 2018

Financial services industries such as banking, insurance and capital management have been built on data since they first began. From ancient money lenders with clay tablets to early 20th century clerks with rooms full of ledgers to modern high-frequency trading, efficiently recording, retrieving and analysing data has been a key competitive advantage for successful financial […]

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Surveying the Cassandra-compatible database landscape

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Overview The popularity of Apache Cassandra and the applicability of it’s development model has seen it clearly emerge as the leading NoSQL technology for scale, performance and availability. One only needs to survey the ever increasing range of Cassandra-compatible options now available on the market to gain a further proof point to its popularity. As […]

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Apache Cassandra Materialized View and Instaclustr Support

Monday 13th November 2017

Apache Cassandra Materialized View Materialized views are a feature, first released in Cassandra 3.0, which provide automatic maintenance of a shadow table (the materialized view) to a base table with a different partition key thus allowing efficient select for data with different keys. Many Cassandra users will be aware that the Apache Cassandra project recently […]

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Cassandra NoSQL Data Model Design

Thursday 5th October 2017

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 customers: Phase 1: Understand the data Phase 2: Define […]

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Instaclustr Releases Support for Scylla 1.7.2

Thursday 27th July 2017

*Please note due to extremely limited customer demand, we no longer support ScyllaDB. Please contact our Sales Team should have you have any further questions. Instaclustr is happy to announce the immediate availability of Scylla 1.7.2 through its Managed Service. Scylla 1.7.2 is a significant step forward from the version previously available through Instaclustr with […]

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Instaclustr Managed Service for Apache Spark 2.1.1 Released

Thursday 27th July 2017

Instaclustr is pleased to announce the availability of Spark 2.1.1 on its managed service. Spark 2.1 provides increased stability and minor feature enhancements while providing access to the key benefits of Spark 2.0 such as: Up to 10x performance improvements Structured Streaming API ANSI SQL parser for Spark SQL Streamlined APIs Instaclustr’s Spark Managed Service […]

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Instaclustr Dynamic Resizing for Apache Cassandra

Thursday 29th June 2017

Apache Cassandra is well known for its ability to scale to whatever size you could possibly need. However, the traditional “horizontal” scaling approach of adding or removing cluster nodes to change cluster capacity can be resource-intensive and time-consuming. Scaling a cluster this way can take hours or even days. Instaclustr’s new dynamic resizing capability dramatically […]

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Benchmarking Cassandra on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Thursday 29th June 2017

Instaclustr’s GCP support has been available for several months now and we have reached a point where we feel confident to publish benchmarks of the performance we are seeing on GCP. Instaclustr’s availability on the Google Cloud Platform means that customers wanting to take advantage of the unique and compelling features of that platform now […]

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Testing Multiple Tables with Cassandra Stress

Tuesday 16th May 2017

The cassandra-stress tool is a powerful tool for benchmarking Cassandra performance. It allows quite sophisticated specification of data and loads profiles to run against almost any table definition you can create in Cassandra. We’ve previously published detailed blog posts on the use of cassandra-stress: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. One significant limitation of […]

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Cassandra’s Place in the NoSQL World

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

A question that we commonly get asked is “how does Apache Cassandra compare to NoSQL technology X?”. While the easy answer is to say “It’s just better”, the truth of course isn’t that simple. NoSQL encompasses a much more diverse range of technologies than the relational database world with specific NoSQL products suited to particular […]

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Securing Apache Cassandra with Application Level Encryption

Friday 28th April 2017

One topic that commonly comes up when discussing Apache Cassandra with large enterprise clients is whether Cassandra can match feature X (audit logging, encryption at rest, column level security, etc) that is supported by Oracle, SQL Server or some other common enterprise RDBMS technology. In many cases, the answer to this question is no – […]

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Maximising Availability with Apache Cassandra

Monday 6th March 2017

Introduction A number of recent of events have had us thinking more than usual about maximising availability with Apache Cassandra. The first of these was the recent AWS S3 outage. While this outage did not have any effect on any of our managed clusters (other than few backup jobs being skipped) it obviously did affect […]

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Instaclustr Open Sources Cassandra sstable Analysis Tools

Monday 13th February 2017

At Instaclustr we spend a lot of time managing Cassandra clusters – we have team of engineers that 24×7 do nothing but manage Cassandra clusters. Big clusters, tiny clusters, clusters with awesome data models and clusters with less awesome data models – we manage them all. Over time, we’ve developed a lot of tricks and […]

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Apache Cassandra Security

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Apache Cassandra security has hit the news lately with a benevolent hacker attempting to warn owners of unsecured Cassandra databases about their exposure (see https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/a-benevolent-hacker-is-warning-owners-of-unsecured-cassandra-databases/). Apache Cassandra Security At Instaclustr, we take security very seriously. We were confident that our default configurations would not allow access to this type of scan. We have used our central […]

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Instaclustr Managed Service adds Cassandra Lucene Index Support

Thursday 12th January 2017

Instaclustr is pleased to announce support for Stratio’s Cassandra Lucene Index as part of the Instaclustr Managed Service for Apache Cassandra. The Cassandra Lucene Index extends Cassandra’s native secondary index capability to include Lucene search capabilities including full-text search, relevance searches, and geospatial capabilities. With the addition of support for the Cassandra Lucene Index, and existing […]

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Instaclustr Engineering Year in Review

Thursday 15th December 2016

This year has been another massive step forward for Instaclustr Engineering. In addition to the many important new features added to our product set, working with the team you can really feel the benefits of the experience we’ve accumulated and the maturing of our processes. On the technical operations side, we continue to hear that […]

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Upgrading Instametrics to Cassandra 3

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

In previous posts, we’ve described our Instametrics solution which provides the monitoring services for the close to 1,000 instances we manage. We’ve always seen this solution as an important proving ground for new technology that we are providing to our customers and so have recently upgraded from Cassandra 2.1.13 to our Cassandra 3.7 LTS (Long Term […]

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Patched Cassandra 3.7

Wednesday 19th October 2016

In the last couple of days, we made the latest Apache Cassandra releases available in production for Instaclustr Managed Cassandra. This is something we do very regularly and normally I wouldn’t be writing a blog post about it. However, this time we’ve taken the unusual step of building our own patched version of Cassandra 3.7 […]

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Instaclustr Synthetic Transaction Monitoring

Monday 17th October 2016

Overview One of the challenges we are constantly tackling at Instaclustr is how to effectively monitor clusters, and particularly read and write latency, given the wide variety of use cases that customer use our service for. Our recent introduction of synthetic transaction monitoring adds significantly to our capability to reliably monitor cluster performance regardless of […]

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Instaclustr APIs

Monday 19th September 2016

Instaclustr has two REST APIs that are available for our customers: A monitoring API that provides programmatic access to the same Cassandra monitoring information that is available through our management console; A provisioning API that enables provision and destruction of clusters and associated objects (e.g. firewall rules, VPC connections) Both APIs use an API key […]

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Encrypted EBS Support

Thursday 8th September 2016

Instaclustr has recently released support for provisioning Amazon Web Services based Cassandra clusters with encrypted EBS and encrypted backups. This support brings two big benefits to our customers: By utilising encrypted EBS (plus encrypted backups), customers may be able to meet compliance requirements that mandate encryption of data at rest. Customers always retain control of […]

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Instaclustr Increases Open Source Commitment

Tuesday 6th September 2016

At Instaclustr we’re strong believers that open source is the future of software. The key technologies we support (Apache Cassandra and Apache Spark) are open source and our management systems are built on open source technology. As such, we believe that it’s vital that companies such as ourselves that rely on open source contribute fairly […]

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Instaclustr Cluster Health

Friday 2nd September 2016

We’re happy to announce that our first release of the Instaclustr Health Page is now live on the Instaclustr console. Instaclustr’s Managed Service has long in included regular manual health checks of cluster to advise customer of issues with their use of Cassandra that have the potential to impact future stability. We’ve long wanted to […]

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Deep Diving cassandra-stress – Part 3 (Using YAML Profiles)

Wednesday 24th August 2016

In the previous two posts of this series (Part 1 and Part 2) I covered some of the basic commands of cassandra-stress. In this post I will start looking at the use of the stress YAML file for more advanced stress scenarios, particularly where you want to run stress against a schema that matches one […]

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Deep Diving into cassandra-stress – Part 2 (Mixed Command)

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

This is the second of a series of articles explain the operations of cassandra-stress. See here for Part 1. This series of blogs has been created as part of my prep for my Cassandra summit talk ‘Load Testing Cassandra Applications’. In this post we’ll examine the operation of the mixed command in Cassandra stress and […]

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Deep Diving into cassandra-stress (Part 1)

Friday 19th August 2016

Overview: Cassandra Stress This is the first in a series of blog post I’m planning to create as part of my prep for my Cassandra summit talk ‘Load Testing Cassandra Applications’. cassandra-stress is a great utility for stress testing Cassandra. However, available documentation is a little sparse and it not always entirely clear what load […]

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Instaclustr Offerings

Tuesday 16th August 2016

Overview Over the last 2 years our range of services and capabilities have grown and we’ve also refined the definition of those services to better meet the demand that we have seen from our customers. Given that change, we thought it would be useful to set out a summary of our offerings, their benefits and what situations […]

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Major Upgrade to Instaclustr Managed Cassandra and Spark for Microsoft Azure

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Highlights Instaclustr is pleased to announce general availability of a new release of our Managed Cassandra and Spark for Azure offering. This release includes several major upgrades: Premium Storage based instance types. Capability for large customers to run Instaclustr Managed Cassandra for Azure in your own Azure account. Azure Resource Manager provisioning including support for […]

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Instaclustr support for Apache Cassandra v3

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Instaclustr is happy to announce beta availability of Cassandra 3.5 through our Managed Cassandra service. Cassandra 3.x represents a major step forward for the Cassandra project with new functionality and significant performance improvements. Instaclustr has been monitoring the increase production use and maturity of Cassandra 3 and we are now confident in offering it through […]

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Managed Cassandra versus DynamoDB

Friday 27th May 2016

How is Cassandra compared to DynamoDB? A common question we hear from potential customers is “how is Cassandra compared to DynamoDB”? We’re big fans of AWS, in fact, most of our business runs on EC2, and certainly believe DynamoDB is a great solution for some use cases. Of course, we also believe that Cassandra is […]

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Instaclustr Monitoring to Manage Cassandra Performance

Thursday 26th May 2016

Overview Instaclustr has just released a substantial upgraded monitoring capability as part our our management console application. This monitoring capability has been designed to provide you easy access to the information you need to manage your use of Cassandra when Instaclustr is taking care of the gory details for you. This blog post provides a […]

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Understanding Cassandra Migration – Migrating From a Relational Database to Apache Cassandra Database

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Cassandra Migration – 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 availability and scalability expectations of modern applications (along with the ability to realise substantial savings through […]

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Cassandra connector for Spark: 5 tips for success

Thursday 31st March 2016

Overview We have just hit full release of our Cassandra + Spark managed service offering after 4 months in preview release. During this time, we have had lots of opportunity to get in-depth with using the Cassandra connector for Spark, both with our own Instametrics application and assisting customers with developing and troubleshooting. In that […]

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Apache Zeppelin Preview Release

Thursday 31st March 2016

We are pumped to announce availability of our preview release of Managed Apache Zeppelin for use with our Managed Cassandra and Apache Spark offerings. Apache Zeppelin provides a notebook user interface to allow interactive development and execution of code against both Cassandra and Spark along with data visualization capabilities. Running Zeppelin as part of an […]

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Managed Apache Spark 1.6 Full Release

Thursday 31st March 2016

Our managed Apache Spark offering on Apache Cassandra now moves into full release. With the release of Apache Spark 1.6 using the Spark Cassandra Connector v 1.6.0-M1, our Spark+Cassandra offering moves out of Preview status and into full release. With this release, based on learnings from supporting customers through the preview period, we have applied […]

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Cassandra Costs Running in the Cloud

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

At Instaclustr, our Cassandra managed services includes the underlying cloud provider charges in our standard monthly fee. We’re often asked by customers and potential for information about what these charges look like. This information is also useful to people planning their own cloud-based Cassandra implementation. So, whichever category you’re in, read on for more information. For […]

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3 Key Factors for Load Testing Apache Cassandra Applications

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Here at Instaclustr we have spent a lot of time running load tests on Apache Cassandra and dealing with the many different types of performance issues that crop up when running Cassandra in production. Through these exercises, we’ve learnt a lot (often by trial and error) about how to usefully load test Cassandra applications. Although many […]

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Instaclustr: What’s New Feb 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016

After a little bit of a slow down over the Christmas period and summer holidays here in Australia, the Instaclustr development team was back in full swing in February. Some of the key changes that we released in the month were: Improvements in column family information in our monitoring page: we now include disk space […]

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Instaclustr Engineering & Support Team 2015 Review

Thursday 4th February 2016

2015 was a huge year for Instaclustr from just about every perspective – we grew from something like 50 nodes under management to over 500, from low double digit customers to hundreds now in production and our team grew from 5 engineers to nearing on 30. Of course, this kind of growth has required (and […]

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Apache Spark Streaming and Cassandra

Tuesday 17th November 2015

We have just posted a step by step tutorial on our support portal on using our Managed Apache Spark and Cassandra offering to set up Spark Streaming to receive and summarise data from Apache Kafka and then save it to Cassandra. Developing this example got me thinking – what are the solution patterns where it makes sense […]

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What’s New: October 2015

Thursday 5th November 2015

The last month or has seen a raft of new features helping to ensure that Instaclustr is the best service possible for our customers. Here’s a round of what we’ve released: Spark Preview Release: Apache Spark and Cassandra together from one, trusted provider. See https://www.instaclustr.com/managed-apache-spark-on-cassandra/ for the details on this. New AWS EBS Backed Instance […]

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Apache Cassandra Synchronization

Thursday 5th November 2015

It’s all about the timing! Instaclustr has recently implemented it own NTP (Network Time Protocol) cluster to be used by the Cassandra clusters under our management environment. This is another example of how we are working to provide the best possible management and reliability for our customer’s Cassandra clusters. NTP, as most technical people know, […]

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Managed Apache Spark on Cassandra

Monday 2nd November 2015

Instaclustr has made available a preview release of our managed service for Apache Spark running with Cassandra. This release makes the core features of Spark available for use while we work on building out the feature set to improve useability. This blog post explains the features of our current release and the additional features you […]

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Cassandra on AWS EBS infrastructure | Instaclustr

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Instaclustr has updated it’s Cassandra on AWS EBS infrastructure offerings to include m4.xlarge class instances on AWS. Over 100 hours of testing and tuning has demonstrated that these nodes, using EBS provide substantial price/performance benefits for many use cases. It’s traditional wisdom that Cassandra and AWS EBS don’t mix. However, with the release of the […]

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Cassandra Summit 2015 Review

Saturday 17th October 2015

Cassandra Summit 2015 Review Cassandra Summit 2015 was held recently in Santa Clara, California and Instaclustr attended to present, learn and man an exhibition floor booth. The level of attendance at the summit (more than double last year at ~6,000) and the plans for the future of Cassandra reinforced for us that Cassandra is a […]

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Managed Cassandra for Kong

Wednesday 16th September 2015

Instaclustr makes it easy to run a production Cassandra cluster to support the Kong API management framework. What is Kong? Instaclustr has recently announced a partnership with Mashape to support users of their Kong open source API gateway. Kong is API middleware that provides standard functionality such as authentication, rate limiting and logging for API […]

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Multi-datacenter Cassandra Made Easy

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Native support for multiple logical or physical datacenters within a clusters is one of the key advantages of Cassandra. Instaclustr’s automated provisioning system now makes this easier than ever. Cassandra Multi Datacenter Replication One of the the strongest features of Cassandra is its native support for the concept of multiple logical datacentres within a cluster. […]

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Blazing Fast Bare Metal Cassandra

Tuesday 25th August 2015

  Instaclustr has recently released its managed Cassandra on SoftLayer bare metal servers. Running on bare metal provides the fastest available Cassandra performance and great value for money. Instaclustr has recently brought our managed Cassandra service to the IBM SoftLayer platform. One of the key drivers behind us building support for SoftLayer was allowing us […]

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Significant performance improvements with Cassandra 2.1

Thursday 20th August 2015

Instaclustr recently released support for Apache Cassandra 2.1 and our benchmark testing has demonstrated significant performance improvements delivered by this version of the database. Instaclustr customers simply need to log a support ticket to get their cluster upgraded to take advantage. This article provides some of the results of recent benchmark testing that we have […]

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Helping you to securely deploy Cassandra

Tuesday 18th August 2015

We’re constantly striving to ensure that Instaclustr is the most secure, easy and reliable way to run Apache Cassandra. This post outlines some recent changes we have made to enforce tighter security for the Cassandra clusters we deploy for our customers. A recent release of our provisioning system has further tightened security arrangements when clusters […]

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Common Cassandra Data Modelling Traps

Monday 3rd August 2015

Part of Instaclustr’s service is helping our customers make better use of Apache Cassandra. This post outlines some of the most common issues that we see and help our customers overcome. At Instaclustr, we often work with our customers to help diagnose and correct issues with their Cassandra data models. This occurs either as part […]

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Instaclustr Supports Cassandra 2.1, DSE 4.7

Monday 6th July 2015

Instaclustr now supports the latest production-ready versions of Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise. The Apache Cassandra project recently released Cassandra 2.16 and announced that the 2.1 series was now considered ready for production use. In addition, DataStax released their first Cassandra 2.1-based release Data Stax Enterprise v4.7. Instaclustr has moved quickly to make these, and other […]

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Cassandra authentication and encryption made easy

Thursday 11th June 2015

In the past week we have released some major enhancements to the Instaclustr Apache Cassandra provisioning system. These are a major benefit to all users of our service but in particular have been designed to make it easy to use Instaclustr from Heroku. Many users of Instaclustr have requirements for increased security levels for their […]

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Further Monitoring and Security Enhancements

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

At Instaclustr we are constantly enhancing our monitoring and security systems based on learnings from the large and varied Cassandra deployments we manage in production. We will shortly be releasing some significant improvements that include minor changes to customer clusters. We have recently replaced our monitoring architecture with a Reimann-based system. This change was designed […]

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Continuous improvement

Saturday 16th May 2015

Our engineering team operates on an agile methodology with two-week sprints that result in a new release. This allows us to regularly update our platform with new features for our customers and keep our managed environments up to date with the latest releases and patches. Since a major upgrade to our management system was released […]

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100% availability or your money back

Friday 1st May 2015

Instaclustr now offers availability SLAs of up to 100% with associated service credits of up to 100% of monthly fees. We have recently reviewed our SLAs and decided that our previous SLA levels did not reflect that performance that we expect of ourselves or that our customers need for the mission-critical usage of Cassandra. We […]

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Cassandra Disk Usage

Friday 24th April 2015

We’ve been having some conversations lately about Cassandra disk usage. Specifically, how full is too full on a Cassandra cluster? Our recommendation at Instaclustr is that you do not run more than 70% full on any node in normal operations. This is to allow for: bursts of disk usage through Cassandra operations such as compaction; […]

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Pragmatic Availability with Cassandra

Friday 3rd April 2015

Cassandra provides innovative and pragmatic approaches to balancing your availability needs, application functionality and infrastructure costs. As a result you can achieve higher levels of availability at a lower cost. One of the first things you’ll read when learning about Cassandra is that it is designed to provide high availability. This is absolutely true and […]

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The Cassandra Ecosystem

Friday 20th March 2015

Apache Cassandra provides a highly scalable and reliable data storage engine for your application. When you need tools to help you analyse or move data there is a range of powerful and innovative options to choose from. One of the things I’ve been doing recently is getting my head around some of the technologies that […]

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Expanding Platform Support

Monday 16th March 2015

Ben Slater is Instaclustr’s newly appointed Chief Product Officer and he has been charged with steering our development roadmap and overseeing the engineering of our products and managing our production support team. Ben has over 20 years experience in systems development including previous stints with a software product company and, for the last 10 years, […]

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Understanding our managed Cassandra offering

Friday 13th March 2015

This is the end on of my first official week at Instaclustr and it’s been a great start. I’ve spent the week getting to know the fantastic team we have here, getting an understanding of our architecture and planning for the future, including reviewing our product roadmap. What we provide at Instaclustr is a fully […]

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Getting to know Cassandra!

Friday 20th February 2015

Ben Slater is Instaclustr’s newly appointed Chief Product Officer and he has been charged with steering our development roadmap and overseeing the engineering of our products and managing our production support team. Ben has over 20 years experience in systems development including previous stints with a software product company and, for the last 10 years, […]

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