Cassandra SF 2011 conference today with our buddies from Isidorey who are unveiling their Cloudsandra product. If you're not familiar with Cassandra you should probably start looking at it. Now.
Cassandra is an open source distributed database management system that is designed to handle very large amounts of data spread out across many commodity servers while providing a highly available service with no single point of failure. It'a NoSQL solution that was initially developed by Facebook to power their inbox search. It's elastic, durable, decentralized and fault tolerant.
We attended GLUE Conference a month ago and in a session by Matt Pfeil (DataStax), he stated a barrier to adoption was the fact that Cassandra is extremely difficult to setup and configure. Luckily the cloud makes this low-level administration obselete. Isidorey has introduced a cloud version of Cassandra. Cloudsandra takes everything awesome about the Cassandra database management system, packages up the latest innovations from DataStax, and makes it all configurable and accessible via a REST API hosted on Amazon EC2.
In conjunction with the event, we've launched two challenges to get you started with Cloudsandra:
Anything Goes with Cloudsandra! - Create something cool with or for Cloudsandra. A movie about why Cloudsandra beats a relational datastore, an infographic about REST API access to your data instead of drivers, connect a mobile GPS logger to Cloudsandra, pipe database files to Cloudsandra for easy map reduce jobs, load Google public transit feeds into Cloudsandra, etc. The top 5 most creative and useful ideas when $100.
Cloudsandra Admin Console - Use the Cloudsandra REST API to create an Admin Console on any public cloud platform or a straight PHP solution is fine as well. The best solutions take home $750 and $500.
It's easy to get started with Cloudsandra. See the individual challenges for more details.