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DataStax Raises a Handsome $45 Million

DataStax integrates enterprise-ready Cassandra, Apache Hadoop for analytics, Apache Solr for search across multiple data centers

Three-year-old DataStax, born to commercialize Cassandra, the cloud-oriented, open source NoSQL Big Data database initially developed by Facebook for its own search purposes, and now considering an IPO, has raised a $45 million D round led by Scale Venture Partners.

The new money brings DataStax' outside investments to a hefty $83.7 million and will be used to build the product out.

The widgetry is used by some 300 customers including a reported 20 of the Fortune 100.

DataStax integrates enterprise-ready Cassandra, Apache Hadoop for analytics and Apache Solr for search across multiple data centers and the cloud.

Customers include Adobe, HealthCare Anytime, eBay, Thomson Reuters and Netflix not to mention companies that have abandoned Oracle for reasons of scalability, disaster avoidance and cost.

Along with the money DataStax's got a new version of Cassandra offering new tools and easier deployment to shorten the development lifecycle and provide greater scalability and simpler manageability.

It says it should manage up to 10 times as much Cassandra data per node for as many use cases with the same high levels of performance and handle more data with fewer servers.

It also features Apache Solr 4.3 integration with more than 60 new features to enable faster search performance, new memory caches and monitoring functionality and greater reliability.

And there's a new release of the Cassandra Query Language (CQL3) that flattens the learning curve for developers migrating from relational databases like Oracle. Developers can use 3.1's CQL binary protocol and new DataStax Java and .NET drivers to shorten product development cycles.

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