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Will Security Features Of New DataStax Enterprise Boost NoSQL Adoption?


Written by  Raja Rao | 25 January 2013
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datastax enterpriseDataStax, the company that powers the big data apps, announced the early adopter program (EAP) launch of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 3.0. A company press release states that the new version provides core security capabilities to the entire Cassandra community, as well as the advanced data protection that businesses expect in an enterprise-grade database.

NoSQL databases don’t conform to the legacy relational database model enabling them to handle Big Data scenarios. Apache Cassandra, a massively scalable NoSQL database is an Apache Software Foundation project. It is designed to handle big data workloads across multiple data centres, providing enterprises with extremely high database performance and availability. DataStax delivers a big data platform built on Apache Cassandra, which integrates enterprise-ready Cassandra, Apache Hadoop for analytics and Apache Solr for search, across multiple data centres and in the cloud.

DataStax Enterprise Edition is a big data platform, built on Apache Cassandra. Its architecture enables to manage real-time, analytic, and enterprise search data all in the same database cluster. Some of the security enhancements freely available to the Cassandra NoSQL community are authentication based on internally controlled login accounts and passwords, object permission management and client-to-node encryption. The company claims that its security framework allows modern enterprises to confidently adopt NoSQL databases as they safely scale their big data infrastructure.

Apart from the features that are provided to the entire Cassandra NoSQL community, the product also provides certain advanced security features to the Enterprises.  External authentication allows DSE to provide single sign on capability to all Cassandra, Hadoop, and Solr nodes in a DSE cluster. Transparent data encryption and data auditing enable enterprises to keep the data from falling into wrong hands. Visual management of clusters and database objects eases the work of administrators to a great extent.

“DSE 3.0 combines the security and easy manageability that modern businesses require for their enterprise-class applications,” said Robin Schumacher, vice president of products, DataStax. “Our new version features both internal and external authentication, easy object permission management, transparent data encryption, data auditing, secured client to node transport, and an improved visual administration environment that enables businesses to easily and securely deploy and manage large database clusters both on premise and in the cloud.”

The company’s customers include Adobe, HealthCare Anytime, eBay, and Netflix rely on DataStax to transform their businesses. Based in San Mateo, Calif., DataStax is backed by industry-leading investors: Lightspeed Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital and Meritech Capital Partners.

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Raja Rao

Raja Rao

RajaRao is our Cloud Journalist writing for ToolsJournal on Cloud Tools, Latest updates, Cloud Quick Lists and more. He has done his Bachelors of Engineering in Civil and has been in IT for over 15 years with good expertise on CRM, Peoplesoft, SAP, Microsoft and .Net technologies. Raja comes with fantastic blend of Technical, Solutions and Delivery expertise. Loving the concept of ToolsJournal he has joined us full time and has been tremendous help to take this portal forward. 

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