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The world’s most scalable database now runs on any Kubernetes


DataStax has announced that K8ssandra, an open-source distribution of Apache Cassandra™ on Kubernetes, is available on any Kubernetes environment including distro-specific integrations for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

“Apache Cassandra is a highly scalable, fast and reliable database and running it on Kubernetes removes many of the operation hurdles around installation, customisation and maintenance, “said Ravi Madireddy, lead software engineer at Cloudleaf.

“Cloudleaf, Inc., the leader in next generation digital supply chain solutions has been running Cassandra at scale on Kubernetes as a statefulset for several years now as part of its digital visibility platform.

“With the huge adoption for Cassandra users on Kubernetes, projects like K8ssandra will be a huge boost for the Cassandra community, giving it a complete ecosystem of capabilities such as automated repairs, backups and monitoring. We are excited about K8ssandra.”

In November 2020, DataStax released K8ssandra to the open-source community, where its cass-operator was selected by the Apache Cassandra community as the basis for developing a single, community-based operator with contributions from Orange and others.

K8ssandra combines the flexible, cloud-native benefits of Kubernetes together with the global scale of Cassandra – the NoSQL database used by leading enterprises including Apple, Instagram, Netflix, Sky, Spotify, TikTok, Uber, and Yelp. It is uniquely positioned to provide a cloud-native database for modern data applications.

“This is the decade of data, and enterprises are building new data architectures to transform their businesses. The challenge is, how do we make data fluid and scalable? How do we make it modern and containerised?” said Sam Ramji, chief strategy officer at DataStax.

“It’s exciting to see the community engagement behind K8ssandra and the many other projects that are breaking down the barriers to running data on Kubernetes.”

According to a 2020 CNCF survey, the use of containers in production has increased to 92%, up from 84% last year, and up 300% from 2016, and Kubernetes use in production has increased to 83%, up from 78% in 2019.

In addition, a recent paper by 451 Research showed that more than half (55%) of organisations are actively using containers while another 18% are in the discovery stage, and Kubernetes is a container management platform in use by 42%. This is further expected to grow as more and more stateful applications are containerised.

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