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DataStax releases new DSE 5 version of its enterprise database

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June 22, 2016

Earlier today, DataStax said it has released its newest version of its enterprise edition database, the DSE 5.0 which ships with a graphical database for specific cloud applications in the corporate segment.

California-based DataStax now claims it has more than 500 customers in over 50 countries, including Netflix, Spotify and eBay.

Its "does what it says on the package" enterprise offering, DataStax Enterprise 5.0, will be available from June 28, offering a certified version of Cassandra 3.0 with support for a wide range of data models.

It also includes DataStax Enterprise Graph, a real-time graphical database for cloud applications, which a statement said is “inspired by the open source Titan graph database”.

DataStax chief customer officer Matt Pfiel was enthusiastic about the future of graphical databases-- “I honestly think that graphical DBs are going to be big. It makes it easier to consume these cloud database technologies for the enterprise client to move quicker with building their business needs.”

Graphical databases are increasingly popular in the NoSQL segment, with Neo Technology's Neo 3.0 being released earlier this year, and Apache TinkerPop being announced as a top-level project at the foundation just a month ago.

TinkerPop notably was developed at Aurelius and donated to the Apache Software Foundation by DataStax.

Overall, Pfiel was confident about DataStax's offering telling us that “DataStax Enterprise Graph is to Neo4j as Cassandra is to MySQL”. It's all a matter of distributed computing, in Pfiel's view, in moving away from the world of machine meanness, and DataStax was focused on “being the best database for cloud in the world”.

The company isn't there yet, but it is growing. Pfiel admitted he no longer knew everyone he worked with. In early 2013, the company hit around 50 employees, “the magical tier” according to Pfiel, in which you introduce another layer of management between those heading the company and the rest of it.

The top corporate priority at the moment is to be mindful of the spend-to-return ratio, though as with many startups, Pfiel said those running the company “have intentionally never tried to make it profitable. We want to be reinvesting for market growth,” he added.

The ultimate goal for DataStax is still a matter of replacing the incumbents, the Oracles of the world, Pfiel had previously told us.

The distributed DataStax Enterprise Graph is intended to help with that, being particularly suitable for those use-cases, with Apache Cassandra offering what Pfiel reckoned was a technological advantage over Oracle in the cloud space.

DSE Graph will include Cassandra’s key-value and tabular data models, JSON/document models and graph, with each data model inheriting Cassandra’s key benefits and DSE’s enterprise grade functionality. It will be sold as an option to either a DSE Standard or DSE Max subscription.

Source: DataStax.

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